Driven by the belief that architecture has the power to change society for the better, Curt Moody founded Moody Nolan in 1982, during a time when very few architects looked like him. More than 40 years later, Curt continues to advocate for educational and professional opportunities for architects of color, and he uses his success to uplift others.
In 2002, Curt was given the Distinguished Service Award from The Ohio State University, being one of only three recipients that year. Subsequently, in 2007 he received the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Award just one year after Moody Nolan received the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm of the Year Award. Moody Nolan is the only firm to win this coveted award consecutively. Recently, Curt was reappointed to serve as a peer reviewer for the Architect/Engineer selection panel for the General Services Administration (GSA) Design Excellence Program.
In 2021, Moody Nolan was awarded the AIA Firm of The Year Award. A distinguished honor in the profession, Moody Nolan was the first African-American owned firm to achieve it. For Curt, the award demonstrates to other minority-owned businesses—they too can rise to the top.
Curt received his Bachelor of Science, Architecture from The Ohio State University in 1973, and in 2002, the University presented him with the Distinguished Service Award, being one of only three recipients that year. Following his undergraduate work at OSU, he went on to study Urban School Planning & Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2000.