Moody, a descendent of the first settlers of the town of Moody in St Clair County, was born to two schoolteachers and raised in Boaz. He began sketching in high school and, with his parents' support, completed his bachelor's degree in architecture with a specialty in interior design at Auburn University in 1953.
Moody began his career as a designer for Chance Vaught Aircraft and R. G. LeTourneau (now LeTourneau Technologies) in Dallas, Texas. Beginning in 1959 he took the job as a conceptual artist, producing illustrations and animations for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Some of his NASA work was published in magazines like Life, Time and Paris Match.
Moody moved to Birmingham in the 1970s to start the interior design department at Charles McCauley & Associates. He opened his own office, Moody & Associates in the Spanish Stores building in 1974, adding historic preservation to his expertise in interior and graphic design. He purchased the building in 1980, and later also bought the Munger Building across 20th Street. He retired in 2002.
As an artist, Moody has worked in watercolor for more than 40 years. He exhibited his work at his own Side Show Gallery in the Spanish Stores, and was later by Littlehouse Galleries in Homewood. He self-published two books of his paintings of churches (in Alabama and England). Another book of his depictions of familiar Birmingham landmarks was published by the Birmingham Historical Society.
Notable design projects
- Fair Park East (proposed recreational park)
- Morris Avenue (signage and branding studies)
- L. R. Hall Auditorium renovations
- Berry Project, renovations, 1983
- Clark Building renovations
- Iron Age building renovations
- Munger Building renovations
- Spanish Stores renovations
- Moody, Bob (2001) Gifts of Grace: Alabama Churches in Watercolor. Birmingham: Moody & Associates ISBN 9780970315717
- Moody, Bob (2003) The Church Triumphant: English Churches in Watercolor. Birmingham: Moody & Associates ISBN 9780970315731
- Moody, Bob (2014) Bob Moody's Birmingham: A City in Watercolor. Birmingham: Birmingham Historical Society ISBN 0943994403
- Drexel, Keysha (November 13, 2012) "A Brush with History." 'Over the Mountain Journal
- Bob Moody website