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May 26 | A Pebble in a Pond: “How a Diverse Design Firm Can Impact the Community”

We welcome Brian Tibbs, AIA, in a conversation about diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Moody Nolan is the nation’s largest African American-owned and operated design firm—with 11 offices in the U.S. Moody Nolan has a long history of serving clients with a keen knowledge of cultural sensitivities as well as a deep understanding of the impact its work has on individuals and communities.

Founded by Curt Moody, FAIA, NOMA, and the late engineer Howard E. Nolan, the firm’s work is centered on the belief that diverse perspectives foster creativity and more responsive solutions.

Moody Nolan’s work is reflective of the people who will live, learn, and heal in the spaces it creates. Its work has been lauded with more than 320 design citations and significant awards including the 2021 AIA National Architecture Firm Award.

Diversity has been at the core of the firm’s philosophy since its founding. Much greater than a recruitment plan, the firm’s complete embrace of talent that hails from diverse cultures, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds allows it to nimbly address complex problems through its staff’s myriad points of view.

As the nation grapples with systemic racism and significant issues of inequality, the ideals of diversity espoused by Moody Nolan since its founding stand as a model for advancing the profession. The firm has long operated at the critical junction of architecture and citizenship, demonstrating that responsible design requires a marriage of art, function, and community.

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Brian Tibbs AIA, NOMA, NCARB
Managing Partner | Director of Nashville Operations

Brian Tibbs has been with the architecture firm Moody Nolan for 24 years. He was recently appointed to be the Managing Partner of the firm and leads the Nashville office. He has led several projects for the firm throughout the country and was the Nashville project manager for the Music City Center architectural design team. He is also the Moody Nolan Principal in Charge for the Jacob Javits Convention Center expansion and the new Boston Convention Center hotel that is also presently under in construction. He also was the Sr. Project Manager for the Meharry Medical College Turner Campus Center project.

A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Tibbs is a 1991 architectural graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Since coming to Nashville in 1997, his work has included the historic restoration and renovation of Cravath Hall at Fisk University, which received the prestigious national Historic Preservation Trust Honor Award. He has also managed the architectural design and construction of student centers at Jackson State University in Mississippi and Winston Salem State University in North Carolina. Other projects include the indoor practice facility at Oklahoma University, Tennessee State University, and the baseball stadium at Middle Tennessee State University. He was also the project manager of the New Orleans’ Revitalization of B.W. Cooper, one of the neighborhoods ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. During his almost 30 years in the architectural industry, Tibbs has worked with a variety of architectural building types and projects ranging from small university and institutional renovations to large campus and municipal projects. He previously worked with an on-site firm at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Brian often conducts the public meetings and community outreach of large projects, a role for which he is well suited.

Tibbs is a member of the American Institute of Architects, National Organization of Minority Architects, member the and past-chair of the Metropolitan Nashville Historical Zoning Commission, and member of the Metro Planning Commission. He is on the board and current President of Historic Nashville Inc., on the University School of Nashville Board of Trustees, and on the Nashville Visitors and Convention Board. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Nashville, a leader at the Nashville Life Church, a longtime member of the Land Trust for Tennessee, and a very active alumnus of Leadership Nashville. He is a past board member of Rebuilding Together, the Nashville Civic Design Center, the Northwest YMCA, and the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Plumbing Appeals.

Brian resides in Nashville with his wife, Felicia, and their son, Ian.

Brian Tibbs AIA, NOMA, NCARB
Managing Partner | Director of Nashville Operations

Time: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

  • 5:45-6:oo pm  Social Meet & Greet
  • 6:00-7:00 pm Presentation + Discussion

Cost: AIA Members $10 | Non-members $15 | Students Free
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Credits: 1 AIA LU will be submitted

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