Jonathan Moody

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Architectural firm Moody Nolan announced the appointment of Jonathan Moody as its chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2020.

Jonathan Moody has served as president of the Columbus-based firm since 2016, taking day-to-day responsibility for the firm in tandem with his father, CEO and founder Curt Moody. Curt Moody will continue to be fully engaged with the firm as chairman.

Jonathan, an architect, joined the firm in 2011 as a senior associate and was promoted to partner a year later. He was elevated to president three years ago, becoming one of the youngest architectural firm presidents in the United States.

“I am humbled and honored to be named the next CEO of Moody Nolan and look forward to building on the strong foundation established over the past 37 years,” Jonathan Moody said.

Curt Moody, who co-founded the firm in 1982 as a two-person operation, has seen the company grow to 12 offices and become the largest African American-owned architectural firm in the country. As chairman, he will continue to provide active, hands-on leadership and strategic focus.

“I am not stepping away by any means,” Curt Moody said. “But Jonathan has proven himself a highly capable leader, and the time is right to tap the energy and fresh outlook that Jonathan brings to the table.”

Moody Nolan also announced a new four-member Executive Team established to provide a holistic approach to the care and growth of the 12 Moody Nolan offices around the country. While the four Team members will continue in their current project responsibilities, the Team provides a formal structure to facilitate strategic interaction among the firm’s leadership. Executive Team members are:

  • Eileen Goodman, Partner and Director of Interior Design now adds Executive Vice President to her title.
  • Brian Tibbs, Partner and Director of Nashville Operations now adds Managing Partner to his title.
  • David King, Partner and Chief Financial Officer will remain in this position.
  • Allen Schaffer, Principal and Director of Sustainable Design, will now divide his time between Sustainable design and his new role of Chief Operating Officer.

“The Executive Team provides a wealth of knowledge and experience that Moody Nolan can leverage when we are confronted with major decisions into the future,” said Jonathan Moody. “Together, we intend to pursue a vision based on growth, impact, design and diversity while respecting and maintaining a culture built over many years.”

More About Jonathan Moody


  • 2007-2008 – University of California, Los Angeles, Master of Architecture
  • 2002-2007 – Cornell University, Bachelor of Architecture and minor in Africana Studies

Positions Held

  • Moody Nolan, Inc., CEO – effective January 2020
  • Moody Nolan, Inc., President – January 2016 to present
  • Moody Nolan, Inc., Partner – November 2012 to December 2015
  • Moody Nolan, Inc., Senior Associate – August 2011
  • CannonDesign, Designer – August 2008 to July 2011
  • Cornell University, NAAB Archivist – May 2006 to December 2006
  • Cornell University, Archival Assistant – June 2006 to August 2006
  • Eisenman Architects, Intern – June 2005 to August 2005
  • Cornell University, Pre-Freshman Summer Program Advisor – June 2004 to August 2004
  • Smoot Construction, Construction Laborer – June 2003 to August 2003 and June 2001 to
    August 2001
  • Moody Nolan, Inc., Architectural Intern – winters of 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005


  • 2015, AIA Columbus Merit Award: Jonathan’s conceptual design for the Martin Luther King Library won an AIA Columbus Merit Project Award.
  • 2010, CannonDesign Ideas Challenges Award: Jonathan was honored with the Ideas Challenge Award, presented by CannonDesign in Los Angeles for innovative project process approach.
  • 2007, Alpha Rho Chi Medal for Professionalism: Jonathan received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal, which is offered each year to more than 100 schools of architecture, whose faculty select a graduating senior they feel best exemplifies these qualities. Alpha Rho Chi is the national fraternity for architecture and the allied arts.
  • 2006, National Organization of Minority Architects, Student Design Competition: Jonathan won the Student Design Competition sponsored by the National Organization of Minority Architects for a concept design for film school in Queens, New York.

About Moody Nolan.

Founded in 1982 in Columbus, Ohio, Moody Nolan has grown to encompass 12 cities. In addition to its Columbus headquarters, the firm operates regional offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Covington, Dallas, Houston, Nashville, New York City and Washington, D.C. With more than 230 employees, Moody Nolan specializes in corporate, education, sports/recreation, collegiate, healthcare, housing/mixed-use and public service facilities.

Editor's Note:

According to ConstructConnect™ Database of Construction, Moody Nolan is currently working on projects worth $3.7 billion. These include premier projects in the planning stage such as the the Capitol Square Mixed Use project on State Street and Third St. in Columbus, which is new construction of a multi-residential development; office development; parking garage; restaurant; and retail development. In addition, they are working on Temple University’s New Stadium in Philadelphia, a 35,000-seat stadium that includes a mixed-use facility that would house classrooms, meeting and research spaces, and an estimated 28,000-square-feet of retail. For more information on these and their other projects, drop a note to: [email protected] or visit