Architect Magazine Creates Podcast of Curtis and Jonathan Moody on Being Leaders in Architecture

image of Curt and Jonathan Moody standing at table with drawings and a building model
image courtesy: Moody Nolan. Curtis and Jonathan movie had a chat with Architect Magazine about the family business and leadership

by Wanda Lau Architect Magazine

When Curtis Moody, FAIA, reflects candidly on the obstacles he faced when starting his firm as an African American in the early 1980s—namely, discrimination and an economic downturn—his optimism and resilience shine through. Nearly four decades later, his determination has paid off: Moody Nolan is now the largest African American–owned architecture firm in the U.S., with 12 locations, including its headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Moody’s leadership skills and ambition likely rubbed off on his son Jonathan Moody, AIA, who took over the firm as CEO in January 2020.

In this episode, Curtis and Jonathan share their paths to finding success in architecture, a profession in which they have literally stood alone in a room full of design leaders as the sole African Americans. They also discuss their hopes for Moody Nolan’s future, and their firm’s role in paving a road for other AEC firms led by people of color.