“Appetite 4 Architecture” Invites Triangle Residents To Discuss Their Dream Homes Over Dinner

February 15, 2010 (DURHAM, NC) – Dreaming of a new modernist house?  An exciting renovation?  Thinking about architecture as a career?  Have you long admired a certain local architect or a really cool house?

George Smart, founder and director of Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), had announced the organization’s spring fundraiser schedule: a series of Triangle dinners connecting the public with some of the Triangle’s best professionals in modernist residential architecture and construction.

“For those who are always thinking about their dream houses,” Smart said, “here’s a rare chance to break bread with one or two talented Triangle modernist architects at an intimate, small group dinner.  The lineup of guests and dining locations is outstanding.  We’re thrilled to have the participation of excellent restaurants such as Solas, 18 Seaboard, 618 Bistro, Margaux’s, and the Piedmont.”

Named “Appetite 4 Architecture” or A4A, the series begins Tuesday, March 23rd with multi-award-winning architect Frank Harmon, FAIA, and David Crawford,  executive director of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. This dinner will take place at 18 Seaboard in Raleigh.  Proceeds benefit AIA North Carolina’s new Center for Architecture & Design to be built in downtown Raleigh.

With no more than 11 guests at each dinner, there is plenty of face time with A4A’s featured professionals.  Guests are encouraged to engage about any topic, from residential design and renovation to careers and the economy.

“Many people are unaware just how affordable custom home construction can be, especially in this down market,” Smart noted. “If you have a dream, come talk – for just the cost of the meal — to the people who can help you make it happen.”

Following the Harmon-Crawford dinner, the lineup for the remaining nine A4A events are:

— On Tuesday, March 30, A4A presents Vinny Petrarca of Tonic Design & Tonic Construction, and Will Alphin of Alphin Design Build, two rapidly rising stars in the North Carolina design/build community, at the 618 Bistro in Raleigh.

— On Wednesday, March 31, TMH’s own George Smart teams with Dr. Robin Abrams, head of the School of Architecture in N.C. State University’s College of Design at Solas on trendy Glenwood South in Raleigh.  Proceeds benefit AIA North Carolina’s new Center for Architecture & Design to be built in downtown Raleigh

— Randy Lanou and Erik Mehlman of Studio B Architecture and BuildSense are on for Tuesday, April 6, at Margaux’s in North Raleigh.   In 2009, their project the Shamlin Residence won an AIA Triangle Honor Award for design.

— A4A returns to 18 Seaboard on Tuesday, April 27, for dinner with Chapel Hill architect Phil Szostak, FAIA, and Louis Cherry, FAIA, of Raleigh.  Szostak recently completed the Durham Performing Arts Center and Cherry’s firm was awarded 2009 Firm of the Year by the AIA of North Carolina.

— Then on Tuesday, May 4, architect Ellen Cassilly and her husband, Frank Konhaus host a catered A4A dinner at “Cassilhaus” their incredible   home/studio/gallery in Orange County.  Homebuilder Leon Meyers and artist-in-residence Marie Navarre are also be on hand for the event..

— Two of Chapel Hill’s most respected residential architects – Arthur Cogswell, FAIA, and Dail Dixon, FAIA, are featured guests for the Tuesday, May 11 A4A dinner, to be held at Panzanella in Carrboro.  “These two gentlemen know virtually everything about the last 50 years of Chapel Hill architecture, both residential and commercial,” Smart said.

— On Wednesday, May 19, TMH presents the “Government Edition” of A4A when architects/Raleigh City Council members Thomas Crowder and Russ Stephenson join diners at trendy Solas on Glenwood South, Raleigh.  Proceeds benefit AIA North Carolina’s new Center for Architecture & Design to be built in downtown Raleigh.

— The “Media Edition” of the A4A dinners on Tuesday, May 25, offers a chance to chat with Raleigh Metro Magazine editor and publisher and US Congressional candidate Bernie Reeves.  The son of Ralph Reeves, AIA, he has been involved in the architectural community for many years, through his publications The Spectator, Triangle Business Journal, and the former Triangle Architecture Awards Program, which evolved into the current Isosceles Awards. He will be joined by architectural journalist Mike Welton, Metro writer and author of the recently launched Architects + Artisans blog on thoughtful, sustainable design. The dinner will be held at 618 Bistro in Raleigh.

— The final A4A dinner on Tuesday, June 1, brings out two local masters with statewide reputations:  landscape architect Dick Bell, FASLA, and architect Brian Shawcroft, also at Solas in Raleigh.  “They have some great stories, and they’re ready to tell them!” Smart said.

Each dinner offers seating for a maximum of 11 guests and begins at 6:30pm. Proceeds benefit TMH’s ongoing documentation, preservation and house tour programs.  Three of the events benefit AIA North Carolina’s new Center for Architecture & Design to be built in downtown Raleigh.

For details and to secure tickets – which Smart anticipates will go fast – go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/a4a.htm. The page also biographies of most of the featured guests and photos of their exciting house projects.

About Triangle Modernist Houses

Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) is a 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 to restoring and growing modernist architecture in the Triangle. The award-winning website, now the largest educational and historical archive for modernist residential design in America, continues to catalog, preserve, and advocate for North Carolina modernism.  TMH also hosts popular modernist house tours several times a year, giving the public access to the Triangle’s most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours raise awareness and help preserve these “works of art” for future generations. Visit the website at www.trianglemodernisthouses.com. TMH also has an active community on Facebook.

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