Temple Names Architect for Proposed Football Stadium

Moody Nolan, the Ohio architecture firm founded by Curtis J. Moody, will lead design of the proposed stadium and retail complex.

Curtis J. Moody

Curtis J. Moody, founder of Moody Nolan (photo via Temple University)

Temple University has hired the architecture firm of Moody Nolan to design the proposed on-campus football stadium, as well as new retail that would be constructed alongside it.

“Moody Nolan is regarded as a national leader in designing beautiful sports and recreation facilities that not only fit their purpose but also fit the communities in which they exist,” Temple President Neil D. Theobald said in a statement. “We are excited to partner with such an outstanding architectural firm.”

Moody Nolan, founded by Curtis J. Moody, is the largest African-American architecture firm in the United States. It has has a history of designing buildings for colleges, especially in Ohio. The firm is based in Columbus; Moody played basketball for Ohio State in the early 1970s. Moody Nolan recently designed a basketball arena and event center for DePaul; it should open next year.

“We look forward to working together with Temple University and the surrounding community,” Moody said. “Creating a vibrant and cohesive streetscape experience that blends together the planned stadium, the significant retail components, the adjacent indoor recreation facility and various pedestrian plaza and green spaces will be a significant part of the evolution of the overall design strategy.”

Partnering with Moody Nolan in the project are AECOM, an engineering firm, and New Jersey-based Langan, a civil engineering and landscape design firm.

The stadium-and-retail site would be bounded by Broad Street, Norris Street, 16th Street and Montgomery Avenue, which is currently the site of Temple recreation facilities.