“Mayberry Modernism” at AIA Winston-Salem

Founder of TriangleModernistHouses.com Addresses Architects

George Smart

March 8, 2010 (WINSTON-SALEM, NC) – George Smart, founder and director of the award-winning website TriangleModernistHouses.com, will speak March 16 to the Winston-Salem Section of the American Institute of Architects.

Smart’s topic will be “Mayberry Modernism:  North Carolina’s Modernist Legacy.”

“We’re excited about having George Smart,” said Section President Chad Everhart AIA. “He has assembled an extraordinary collection of modernist homes in North Carolina and the subject is very relevant to our membership. Our board felt it was important to have George present because many architects do not realize how many great modern buildings we have in our state.”

According to Smart’s research, North Carolina is home to more modernist houses than anywhere else in the country except California and Illinois. His presentation showcases the state’s modernist gems, many of which are still in excellent condition while others are endangered or destroyed.  “Most people, even many architects, are surprised by the numbers,” Smart said.  “I’ll discuss the history of modernist houses in North Carolina and show the audience terrific houses from both the past and the present.”

The AIA Winston-Salem is comprised of about 120 AIA members, primarily in Forsyth County. The Section membership also includes architects from Northern Piedmont counties including Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Caldwell, Davie, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin.  For more information on AIA Winston Salem, visit www.winstonsalem-aia.org.

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, and to see its growing archive of modernist houses and their architects, visit www.trianglemodernisthouses.com.

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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