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Libraries are one of the best examples of how buildings can function as a community resource. They’re part of our social infrastructure and provide access to resources. When we build libraries, we’re making an investment that shows what we value. Part of the job of an architect is to ensure that investment lasts. We have witnessed this past year the speed at which change can happen and the changing diversity of communities we serve with libraries forces us to constantly re-examine ideas of flexibility and reflection. We must consider flexibility in how we can think today about future challenges and physical adaptability of buildings. We must consider reflection as both a place where people where people can reflect on what is happening in their community, but also the ways that buildings reflect their communities. We know that when people feel a space is for them, they are more likely to use it. Through the design and construction process, we can find opportunities for changing communities to see themselves in libraries. Through this process, we see how people can be empowered to make change.


Driven by a passion to continue his father’s legacy, Jonathan D. Moody has entrenched himself in firm leadership driving growth and innovation. Moody Nolan has grown to over 230 employees and 11 offices across the nation. The firm’s designs have now won over 300 design citations including 47 from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and 44 the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Jonathan has helped continue and extend the firm’s position as the largest African-American owned architecture firm. Moody Nolan continues to garner national attention by promoting “diversity by design.”

Jonathan has more than 15 years of high-end design experience focused on integrating digital fabrication and social engagement into the design process. He approaches design with an overall goal of having a major positive impact on communities in need. For Jonathan, architecture is a medium through which people can be connected and inspired by giving tangible being into ideas. Over the last several years, he has passionately devoted himself to community service through mentoring and education programs focused on empowering underserved youth.

A former designer for the Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design and Eisenman Architects, Jonathan’s background is focused in 3D visual presentation and digital fabrication. Most recently, he has worked on a variety of civic, sports, education, healthcare, and institutional projects. While working on projects, Jonathan is also deeply engaged in strategic implementation of Moody Nolan’s long term aspirations.