Architect of notable Ohio State buildings will speak at winter commencement
Curtis J. Moody, president and CEO of the Moody•Nolan architectural firm, will be the speaker for Ohio State’s winter commencement, set for Sunday, March 21 in the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Approximately 2,000 students will receive degrees during the ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m.
Moody, who earned his B.S. in architecture in 1973 from what is now Ohio State’s Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, has served as principal architect for many notable campus buildings, including the new Ohio Union, the Jerome Schottenstein Center, the Recreational and Physical Activities Center, and the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Moody began his architectural practice in 1982 in Columbus. The award-winning architectural designer has been involved in the design of projects that exceed several billion dollars in construction over the last 37 years. He has led the firm to becoming the largest minority-owned architectural firm in the nation.
Moody played for the Ohio State’s varsity basketball team from 1971-73. He has taken his love for athletics and become a leader in the design of sports and recreation facilities for many cities, colleges and universities.
His many projects in Columbus include the Ohio Statehouse renovation, the Port Columbus Airport expansion, Gowdy Field North, the Center for Science and Industry (COSI), the East High School renovation and the Smith Brothers Hardware renovation.
In addition, he has worked on numerous projects for universities and communities throughout Ohio and the nation including the Cincinnati Public Schools School for Creative and Performing Arts, the Baker University Student Center at Ohio University (Athens), the Ithaca College New Athletics and Events Center, (Ithaca, NY), Purdue University Recreational Sports Center Expansion and Renovation, (West Lafayette, IN).; and the Morehouse College Forbest Arena (Atlanta, GA).
Moody is a strong supporter of his alma mater, helping to sponsor and mentor architecture students. In 1989 Moody used his design fees for Ohio State’s Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center to establish an endowed scholarship for an outstanding minority student enrolled in architecture. He is currently a member of The Ohio State University Alumni Association Board of Directors. He has served on the Knowlton School’s Alumni Board of Governors, the Athletic Council, and the National Major Gift Committee for Columbus.
Ohio State honored Moody for his support with the 2002 Distinguished Service Award, and with the 1994 Distinguished Alumni Award.
His many honors include the 2008 Presidents Exemplary Service Award from the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and the 2007 Gold Medal Award from the Ohio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). A winner of the prestigious Whitney M. Young, Jr. award as an outstanding African American Architect in the United States in 1992, Moody’s designs have won more than 147 design citations, including 23 from the (AIA) and 30 from NOMA, more awards than any other minority architectural firm in the United States.