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We consider every project to be an opportunity. To rise above the norm. To move the design conversation to new places. To create spaces that are memorable not just for a moment, but forever. This vision for responsive architecture is continually recognized by our peers and clients. And it has earned us more than 300 design citations as well.

We have received more than 48 awards from the American Institute of Architects and 44 from the National Organization of Minority Architects. While the recognition we’ve received makes us immensely proud, it never overshadows our deep commitment to meeting the unique goals of each client. Our primary focus will always be to work collaboratively with clients from initial idea through construction to ensure their vision is met. This core belief, in our mind, is what sets us apart from the vast majority of award-winning design firms.

Industry Rankings

  • #49Architectural Record, Top 300 Architecture Firms, 2019
  • #237ENR (Engineering News-Record), 2019 Top 500 Design Firms
  • #46ENR, 2019 The Top 100 Green Buildings Design Firms
  • #55 – Columbus Business First, Largest Central Ohio Privately Held Companies, 2019
  • #1 – Columbus Business First, The List: Busiest Central Ohio Architectural Firms, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016
  • Building Design & Construction, 2019 Giants 300 Report
    • #27 – Top 150 Architecture Firms
    • #38 – Top 110 Cultural Sector Architecture Firms
    • #74 – Top 150 Government Sector Architecture Firms
    • #39 – Top 55 Federal Government Sector Architecture Firms
    • #63 – Top 130 Local Government Sector Architecture Firms
    • #59 – Top 150 Healthcare Architecture Firms
    • #58 – Top 110 Hotel Sector Architecture Firms
    • #42 – Top 70 Industrial Sector Architecture Firms
    • #38 – Top 140 K-12 School Sector Architecture Firms
    • #34 – Top 140 Multifamily Sector Architecture Firms
    • #50 – Top 200 Office Sector Architecture Firms
    • #48 – Top 125 Retail Architecture Firms
    • #55 – Top 175 University Architecture Firms
  • Building Design & Construction, 2018 Giants 300 Report

    • #40 – Top 200 BIM Architecture + AE Firms
    • #29 – Top 160 Green Building Architecture + AE Firms
    • #75 – Top 195 Reconstruction Work Architecture + AE Firms
    • #17 – Top 95 Sports Facilities Architecture + AE Firms
    • #11 – Top 70 Religious Sector Architecture + AE Firms
  • #1Columbus CEO, Best of Business 2016: Best Architectural Firm

Recent Awards and Citations

  • Craftsmanship Award, Builders Exchange of Central Ohio
    The Ohio State University Covelli Multi-Sport Arena, 2019
  • Honor Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Columbus Chapter
    Columbus Metropolitan Martin Luther King Branch Library, 2019
  • Merit Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Columbus Chapter
    University Hospitals Rainbow Center for Women and Children, 2019
  • Design Citation, National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)
    Legacy House Project, Columbus, OH, 2019
  • Facility of Merit, Athletic Business
    McCormick Square | MPEA | DePaul University Wintrust Arena, 2019
  • Design Excellence, The Loudoun County Design Cabinet, Signatures of Loudoun
    Dulles South Recreation and Community Center, 2019
  • American Architecture award, The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies
    Connor Hangar, 2019
  • Historic Preservation Award, Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission
    Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District Monticello and Roxboro Middle Schools, 2019
  • Outstanding facility of the year, United States Tennis Association
    DC Department of General Services Southeast Tennis & Learning Center, 2018
  • Honor Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Columbus Chapter
    The Connor Group Connor Hangar, 2018
  • Honor Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Ohio Chapter
    Columbus Metropolitan Library Shepard Branch Library, 2018
  • Honor Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Ohio Chapter
    Columbus Metropolitan Martin Luther King Branch Library (unbuilt), 2018
  • Honor Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Ohio Chapter
    KIPP Columbus Charter Campus, 2018
  • Facility of Merit, Athletic Business
    Penn State University Intramural Building, 2018
  • Louis I. Kahn Citation, American School & University
    Malcolm X College and School of Health Sciences, Chicago, IL, Associated Firm: Cannon Design, 2018
  • Outstanding Design: Post Secondary
    American School & University, Indiana University Northwest/Ivy Tech Community College, Arts & Sciences Building – Gary, IN, 2018
  • American Architecture Award, The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies
    McCormick Square | MPEA | DePaul University Wintrust Arena, 2018
  • Platinum Award, Building Design + Construction
    McCormick Square, MPEA, DePaul University Wintrust Arena, 2018
  • Illumination Award of Merit, Illuminating Engineering Society
    McCormick Square, MPEA, DePaul University Wintrust Arena, 2018
  • Architect of the Year, The Associated General Contractors of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee Branch
    Moody Nolan, 2018
  • Best New Construction Under $2M, The Associated General Contractors of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee Branch
    Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation, Fort Nashborough Interpretive Center, 2018
  • Outstanding  Indoor Sports Facilities Award, National Intramural Recreation Sports Association
    Penn State University Intramural Building, 2018
  • Honor Award, Illinois America Society of Landscape Architects
    Malcolm X College and School of Health Sciences, 2018
  • Project of the Year, New Construction, Construction Industry Service Corporation
    McCormick Square, MPEA, DePaul University Wintrust Arena, 2018
  • Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award, Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers
    Temple University Aramark Student Training and Recreation Complex, 2017
  • Excellence Award, Texas Recreation and Parks
    City of McKinney Apex Aquatics and Fitness Centre, 2017
  • Best Projects Government Public Buildings Category Award of Merit, ENR Texas and Louisiana
    City of McKinney Apex Aquatics and Fitness Centre, 2017
  • Merit Award, American Institute of Architects Columbus
    Columbus Metropolitan Library, Shepard Branch Library, 2017
  • Honor Award, Education Category, International Interior Design Association Columbus
    Malcolm X College and School of Health Sciences, 2017
  • Summit Award for Design and Planning, Ohio Kentucky Construction Summit
    Moody Nolan, 2017
  • Awards of Excellence, Outstanding Project Specialized Educational Facility, Learning by Design
    KIPP Colmbus Charter School, Primary and Early Learning Academy, 2017
  • Awards of Excellence, Outstanding Project Specialized Educational Facility, Learning by Design
    Cleveland Metropolitan School District School of the Arts, 2017
  • Honor Award, American Institute of Architects Middle Tennessee
    Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation, Fort Nashborough Interpretive Center, 2017
  • Design Citation, National Organization of Minority Architects
    Columbus Metropolitan Library, Parsons Branch Library, 2017
  • Design Citation, National Organization of Minority Architects
    Cleveland Metropolitan School District School of the Arts, 2017
  • Juror’s Choice Award, Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate
    City of Virginia Beach Kempsville Recreation Center, 2017
  • Award of Excellence, Best Recreation – Entertainment Project – Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate
    City of Virginia Beach Kempsville Recreation Center, 2017
  • Award of Merit, Associated General Contractors
    Nashville International Airport, Express Valet, 2017
  • Award of Merit, Associated General Contractors
    MTSU Bell Building Renovations, 2017
  • Award of Merit, Associated General Contractors
    Volunteer State Community College Humanities Building, 2017
  • Excellence in Student-Centered Facilities, Association of College Unions International
    Winston-Salem State University Donald Julian Reaves Student Activities Center, 2017
  • Top Ten Award, Topping Out Award
    Parkland Health and Hospital System Sky Bridges, 2016
  • Merit Award, Illuminating Engineering Society Design Awards
    CenturyLink Technology Center of Excellence, 2016
  • Express Valet — Eagle Award, Associated Builders and Contractors Greater Tennessee Chapter
    Nashville International Airport, 2016
  • Merit Award, American Institute of Architects, Middle Tennessee
    Meharry Medical College, The Cal Turner Center for Student Education, 2016
  • Merit Award, Associated Builders and Contractors Greater Tennessee Chapter
    MTSU Bell Building Renovations, 2016
  • Honor Award, National Organization of Minority Architects
    The Connor Group Corporate Headquarters, 2016
  • Design Citation, National Organization of Minority Architects
    CenturyLink Technology Center of Excellence, 2016
  • Design Citation, National Organization of Minority Architects
    International African American Museum, 2016
  • Design Citation, National Organization of Minority Architects
    District of Columbia Public Schools/DGS Paul L. Dunbar Senior High School, 2016
  • Outstanding Project, Learning by Design
    New Albany-Plain Local Schools New 1-8 Building, 2016
  • Outstanding Project, Learning by Design
    KIPP: Central Ohio Charter School, 2016
  • Outstanding Construction Award, The Associated General Contractors of America
    Parkland Hospital Sky-Bridges, 2015
  • Building the Circle Award, University Circle Inc.
    Cleveland Metropolitan School District School of the Arts, 2015
  • Merit Award, American Institute of Architects, Columbus Chapter
    The Connor Group Corporate Headquarters, 2015
  • Merit Award, American Institute of Architects, Columbus Chapter
    Columbus Metropolitan Library, Martin Luther King Branch, 2015
  • Design Citation, National Organization of Minority Architects
    Meharry Medical College, The Cal Turner Center for Student Education, 2015
  • Honor Citation, National Organization of Minority Architects
    Purdue University, France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center Expansion and Renovation, 2015
  • New Walls Category, Metal Construction New Building
    The Connor Group Corporate Headquarters, 2015
  • Honor Award, American Institute of Architects, Ohio Chapter
    The Connor Group Corporate Headquarters, 2015
  • Merit Award, American Institute of Architects, Indiana Chapter
    Purdue University, France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center Expansion and Renovation, 2015
  • Gold Medal Award, American Institute of Architects, Indiana Chapter
    James T. Kienle, FAIA, 2015
  • Outstanding Indoor Sports Facilities Award, NIRSA (National Intramural Recreation Sports Association)
    Winston-Salem State University Donald Julian Reaves Student Activities Center, 2015
  • International Architecture Award, The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum
    Purdue University France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center Expansion and Renovation, 2015
  • Merit Award, American Institute of Steel Construction
    Columbus Hilton Hotel, Downtown High Street Bridge, 2015
  • Excellence Award for an Educational Facility, Associated Masonry Contractors of Houston
    Prairie View A&M Student Recreation Center
  • General Contractor New Construction Project, Associated General Contractors of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee
    Meharry Medical College, The Cal Turner Center for Student Education
  • Honorable Mention Award, Learning by Design Magazine
    Penn State University Intramural Recreation Building, Ph I
  • Facility Design Award, Association of College Unions International
    Purdue University France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center Expansion and Renovation
  • Grand Price, Learning by Design
    Winston-Salem State University Donald Julian Reaves Student Activity Center, 2014
  • Presidential Citation in Sustainable Design, AIA Washington DC Chapter
    DC Public Schools Dunbar Senior High School, 2014
  • Award of Merit, Athletic Business Magazine
    Purdue University France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center, 2014
  • Project of Distinction, Council of Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI)
    DC Public Schools Dunbar Senior High School, 2014
  • Collegiate Citation, American School and University
    Purdue University France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center, 2014
  • Outstanding Design, American School and University
    Reynoldsburg City Schools Summit Road STEM Campus, 2014
  • Merit Award, AIA Georgia Chapter
    Nashville Music City Center, 2013
  • Grand Prize, Learning by Design
    DC Public Schools Paul L. Dunbar Senior High School, 2013
  • Design Citation, National Organization of Minority Architects
    The Bank Phase 1, 2013
  • Honor Award, AIA Indiana Chapter
    The Learner Theater, 2013
  • American Architecture Award, European Centre for Architecture and the Chicago Athanaeum
    The Connor Group, 2012
  • Citation of Excellence, Learning by Design
    Albany State University Student Center, 2012
  • Facility Design Award, Association of College Unions International
    The Ohio State University Ohio Union, 2012
  • Design Excellence, National Organization of Minority Architects
    Cincinnati Public Schools Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education, 2012
  • National Preservation Honor Award, National Trust for Historic Preservation
    Community Properties of Ohio, 2011
  • Design Excellence, National Organization of Minority Architects
    City of Cincinnati Fire Station #51, 2011
  • Citation for Design Excellence, AIA Indianapolis Chapter
    City of Elizabethtown Historic State Theater, 2011
  • Honor Award, AIA Eastern Ohio Chapter
    Humility of Mary Health Partners St. Elizabeth Boardman Campus, 2010
  • Gold Citation, American School and University
    Ohio Dominican University Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center, 2010
  • Honor Award, AIA Columbus Chapter
    Center for Civil and Human Rights Design Competition, 2010

Key Publications

  • “Dream delivered: McCormick Square Marriott Marquis and Wintrust Arena,” Building Design and Construction, May 14, 2018
  • “Charter School Building New Athletic Complex in Northeast Columbus,” Columbus Business First, May 10, 2018
  • “Exclusive: Feazel Roofing to Build New Headquarters in New Albany,” Columbus Business First, April 30, 2018
  • “Pair from Columbus Selected to National List of CRE Executives,” Columbus Business First, April 27, 2018
  • “First Look: Crawford Hoying Getting Set for Next, $100M Phase of Bridge Park,” Columbus Business First, April 20, 2018
  • “NIRSA Awards 9 Collegiate Recreation Facilities for Outstanding Design,” Club Industry, April 26, 2018
  • “Ready for the Future: Fire Station will be Larger, Safer Space,” ThisWeek Community News, April 9, 2018
  • “Take a Look Inside: $37M Final Phase Starts at Old Poindexter Village,” Columbus Business First, April 5, 2018
  • “A Dozen Experts Studied Columbus’ Income Disparities and Affordable Housing Issues,” Columbus Business First, April 6, 2018
  • “Charleston Needs that African American Museum. And Now,” New York Times, March 28, 2018
  • “Take a Look Inside Heartland Bank’s New Whitehall Headquarters,” Columbus Business First, March 21, 2018
  • “National Institute Honors 3 Local Architects – Check out Examples of their Work,” Columbus Business First, March 15, 2018
  • “Competing with Giants,” Campus Rec Magazine, March 7, 2018
  • “Moody Nolan Architect Troy Sherrard Named AIA Fellow,” PRNewswire, February 27, 2018
  • “Mid-size, Multi-use Arenas Setting a Trend for the Future,” Building Design and Construction, October 3, 2017
  • “Moody Nolan, Kimberly O Design Team up for AC Hotel Columbus Dublin,” Hotel Management, August 31, 2017
  • “Allen Schaffer of Moody Nolan Earns WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) Credential,” PRNewsire, July 12, 2017
  • “Columbus Design Firm Opening New York Office After Landing Largest Project in its History,” Columbus Business First, June 12, 2017
  • “Attention to Detail – The Ongoing Evolution of the Locker Room,” Recreation Management, March 2017
  • “Plans Approved for Recreation Center at Jacksonville State University,” American School & University, February 17, 2017
  • “Coming of Age – Shifting Trends in Design and Programming for Active Older Adults,” Recreation Management, January 2017
  • “Show Me the Money – Finding New Budget Strategies,” Recreation Management, August 2016
  • “Building Bridges – The New Age of Multipurpose Recreation Facilities,” Recreation Management, May 2016
  • “Take it Inside – Trends and Ideas for Natatorium Design,” Recreation Management, February 2016
  • “Going Green Small Steps Make a Big Difference,” Recreation Management, April 2015
  • “University Rec Center,” Recreation Management, October 2014
  • “History Lesson,” Architectural Record, January 2014
  • “Multipurpose Means Healthy Living,” Recreation Management, July 2013
  • “Comfort and Joy, Modernize Your Locker Room to Boost Satisfaction,” Recreation Management, May 2013
  • “Beyond Fitness – The Evolution of Multipurpose Facility Design,” Recreation Management, July 2012
  • “Theater Sings Its Own Tune,” Traditional Building, August 2012
  • “Dream to Reality, a School for the Arts,” Council of Educational Facility Planners International, 2010
  • “Student-Focused Centers Receive Recruitment Gold,” College Planning & Management, January 2010
  • “Minority Report: Breakthroughs and Obstacles,” Architectural Record, May 2009
  • “Entrepreneurial Innovation,” Fortune 500, May 2009
  • “Designing His Own Destiny,” MBE Minority Business Entrepreneur, March/April 2009
  • “The Changing Face of Diversity in the Architecture Industry,” American Institute of Architects’ AIArchitect, March 2009
  • “Power 100 Central Ohio Leaders Who Make Things Happen,” Smart Business, January 2009
  • “Black Architects: Embracing and Defining Culture,” Ebony, October 2005
  • “Breaking Down Barriers to Achieve Architectural Success,” Homes of Color, May/June 2005

Design Panels

  • National AIA Urban Design Program
  • Jacksonsville Library Design Competition, Jacksonville, Florida, Design Juror
  • Michigan AIA Design Award Program
  • Cleveland AIA Design Award Program
  • AIA Rochester Design Jury
  • Recreation Management Innovation Architecture Design Jury
  • Athletic Business Architectural Showcase Design Jury