Moody Nolan—the nation’s largest African-American owned and operated design firm, with more than 230 staff members in 11
offices across the U.S.—has received the 2021 AIA Architecture Firm Award, the highest honor the organization bestows. Founded in 1982 by Curt Moody, FAIA, NOMA, and the late engineer Howard E. Nolan, the firm exemplifies the belief that diverse perspectives foster creativity and more responsive solutions. The wisdom of that ethos is revealed in a multisector portfolio of distinguished projects that combine an astute awareness of cultural sensitivities with a subtle understanding of the impact its work has on individuals and communities. Outstanding examples include the 18,700-square-foot Columbus Metropolitan Library Martin Luther King Branch in Ohio and the 300,000-square-foot CenturyLink Technology Center of Excellence in Monroe, Louisiana. Beyond compelling buildings, Moody Nolan sees its mission as fostering
architecture careers in diverse communities and extending its
legacy. Fitting, then, that Moody’s architect son Jonathan is the firm’s CEO.
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