7 African-American Architects Who’ve Built Successful Careers in a Challenging Industry

October 21, 2010  |  

By Sonya Kimble-Ellis

According to the directory of African-American Architects, there are less than 2,000 licensed architects in the United States. That number, however, doesn’t diminish the contributions of these professionals on local and national scales. Their work has been underwritten by the accomplishments of pioneering African American architects who came before them. Some of them include Albert Cassell, Norma Sklarek, Paul Williams, Robert Taylor, Max Bond and others. In celebrating this fascinating industry and the African-Americans who thrive in it, we’ve compiled a list of 7 successful architects who are making major contributions to the American landscape.

Curtis J. Moody

Curtis J. Moody is an award-winning architect who received the Whitney M. Young, Jr. award for Outstanding African-American Architect in the United States. He has also received 26 awards from the National Organization of Minority Architects and 23 from the American Institute of Architects. His Columbus, OH firm, Moody-Nolan, Inc., was founded in 1982, with Howard E. Nolan. The company specializes in architecture, interior design and civil engineering. Past projects include North Carolina Central University Pearson Cafeteria, Eric Kunzel Center for Performing Arts & Education in Cincinnati, and Columbus Metropolitan Library. Moody has degrees in Science and Architecture from Ohio State University. He also attended Harvard Graduate School of Design. Moody-Nolan, Inc. has been credited with doing more than several billion dollars in construction since its existence.

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