First Black-Owned Architecture Firm to Receive AIA Award
Boston – Moody Nolan was recently honored with the 2021 Architecture Firm Award, the highest honor the American Institute of Architects (AIA) bestows on an architecture practice. The award recognizes a firm that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years. This is the first time a Black-owned architecture firm has ever received the award.
“We are delighted to be recognized with our industry’s most prestigious award for our work, which always has been grounded in a belief that a diverse design team is more creative and delivers architecture that better responds to the needs of the community,” says Jonathan Moody, who succeeded his father in the role of CEO in January 2020.
Moody Nolan/Boston is part of the Omni development in the Seaport, the first of Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) precedent-setting designations based on the inclusion of minority and women-owned companies. Moody Nolan/Boston also partnered with local architectural firm, Arrowstreet, as part of the Lincoln Property development team, which was awarded Parcel H by the Massport board on Jan. 14.
Moody Nolan/Boston is currently working with the developers of the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport to design and execute the interior spaces of the hotel, located across the street from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The 1.1 million sq.ft. mixed use development, which includes a Life Science and Technology Career Center, has been heralded for its innovative approach in creating real participation from Boston’s minority and women investors.
“The changes that I’ve seen happen in and around Boston over the past 15 years are truly amazing. It’s been really exciting to be part of it with our work on the Omni Hotel and now our continued work with Parcel H. I’ve had the opportunity to connect and reconnect with so many great partners, consultants and clients in my current role with Moody Nolan,” said Scott Mandeville, director of operations for Moody Nolan/Boston.
Like millions of Black Americans across the country, Curt Moody, chairman of the board, has seen more than his share of injustice over the decades. Such intentional display of inequality in the field of architecture is what prompted him in 1982 to open Moody Nolan. Since then, the firm has grown by 200 employees across the country, and has been recognized for a number of projects including being part of the $1.5 billion expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York and Englewood S.T.E.M. High School in Chicago. Other notable national projects include Wintrust Arena, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library in Columbus, Ohio, and Malcolm X College and School of Health Sciences.
The No. 26 ranked architecture firm (Building Design + Construction) has received more than 49 awards from the American Institute of Architects and 45 from the National Organization of Minority Architects. The firm has a deep commitment to meeting the unique goals of each client. Its primary focus is always to work collaboratively with clients from initial idea through construction to ensure their vision is met. “This core belief, we think, is what sets us apart from the vast majority of award-winning design firms,” says Curt Moody.
Being able to leave a legacy for his son Jonathan Moody evokes special memories for the elder Moody. “Most Black-owned businesses do not become generational-owned businesses because often we lack access to capital, networking, and other necessary resources to propel a business forward,” says Curt Moody. “This is why mentoring and fully supporting new hires has been a passion of mine. We have to prepare the next generations to take the helm to carry on our legacies.”