Moody Nolan, Inc., has announced the promotion of Jonathan Moody to
president. Moody is the son of the firm’s CEO Curt Moody who founded the architectural firm with Howard E. Nolan in 1982.
Jonathan Moody, 32, takes the reins at a time of tremendous growth for the firm. Curt Moody, who remains as CEO, noted that a rapidly evolving marketplace calls for a unique skillset. Jonathan will carry on the quest for great design utilizing a deep knowledge of some of the worlds most advanced design and rendering technologies.
Jonathan has demonstrated in his time here, all of the capabilities that a modern firm like ours needs in a leader, Curt Moody said. First, he is a consummate collaborator who leads by example. Second, he has gained the trust of our associates by respecting the skills each of them brings to the firm and by demonstrating his own design talents.
According to Jonathan, success as an architect is also about being a people person. “What makes a good architect is being able to relate to all different
kinds of people. We design buildings for people in all different kinds
of communities that it can become easy to lose focus on the fact that we
are doing things for other people. We have to really be able to relate
to who they are and what their needs are,” he said in a recent interview with TNJ Senior Editor Sergie Willoughby.
In terms of the technical skills needed to be a successful architect, Moody says they can be learned and honed over time. “It generally takes time to become well-versed and experienced enough to put a building together,” he explains.
Jonathan joined the firm as a designer in 2011 after working at Cannon Design in Los Angeles from 2008 to 2011. After only three years at Moody Nolan, he was named a partner, a promotion that allowed him to take an increasing leadership role.
And he’s had lots of practice. “The firm has been around since before my birth, so Ive been interning
and doing random summer tasks for awhile. Since I was exposed to the
field early on, I realized that I was good at it and interested in it.
It seemed like a great fit and a great opportunity and I really have a
talent for it,” he told Willoughby.
Recognized as a rising design leader, Jonathan has worked on national projects including Prairie View A&M University Student Recreation Center, Parkland Health & Hospital System and Meharry Medical College The Cal Tuner Center for Student Education. Currently, he is working on the STEAM Center at Otterbein University and the Martin Luther King/Barack Obama Atrium Library for Columbus Metropolitan Library.
Says Moody, “I love the people I work with and I enjoy the chance to work with my father and brother. They make it a joy to come to work. I also enjoy opening day – the ribbon cutting of a building. Its great to see how excited people are, and it makes me feel like what we do makes a difference. Our work helps to change communities and change peoples outlook.”
In his new role, he will be responsible for assuring the continued growth of the nations largest African American-owned architectural firm. “Over the past few years, my father and I have been transitioning to different things. I have always been involved in the design studio and slowly I have been becoming more involved in firm management. With my new role as president, there will be more heavy lifting in terms of a leadership role and I will be making more decisions in terms of how we move forward. The big change is that I will be more of a deciding factor rather than one of a few voices,” he shares with Willoughby.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Moody Nolan currently has offices in nine locations and a national reputation for design excellence.
Moody earned a bachelors degree in architecture with a minor in Africana Studies from Cornell University in 2007. He earned his masters degree from UCLA in 2008.