Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee To Host “Thirst 4 Architecture”

September’s networking event brings design enthusiasts together.

September 7, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) – The architectural firm Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee (PBC+L) in downtown Raleigh will join Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) to host this month’s TMH “Thirst 4 Architecture” happy hour on Thursday, September 22, from 6-8pm. The event will be held in the PBC+L offices in Suite 1000 of the classic Capital Bank Building at 333 Fayetteville Street.

TMH founder and director George Smart points out how fitting it is to hold this T4A happy hour in the Capital Bank building. It is frequently referred to as the “Little Seagram Building” for bearing a striking resemblance to a Mies van der Rohe skyscraper in New York City.

“The building was designed by New York architects Emery Roth and Raleigh’s Milton Small in 1966 for BB&T,” he said, “and it’s a terrific example of a mid-century modern office tower. I’m sure everyone who comes to the September event will not only enjoy the networking and refreshments, but will also enjoy being in a Small-designed commercial structure. We’re very grateful to PBC+L for giving us this opportunity.”

Master landscape architect Dick Bell, FASLA, will be on hand to sell and sign copies of his new memoir “The Bridge Builders.” The book traces Bell’s evolution as a designer from his childhood spent growing up on the Outer Banks during the Great Depression to his establishing the former award-winning “Water Garden” mixed-use development on Raleigh’s Glenwood Avenue/Highway 70 West. (For more information on Bell’s new book:

“Thirst 4 Architecture events are intended to build relationships, generating passion about good design, create strategic alliances, and connect people,” Smart said. “It’s all interaction. There are no presentations or PowerPoint slides. Come enjoy the refreshments, enter for door prizes, and make new friends and contacts.”

There is no charge for attendance and the sponsoring firm provides all refreshments.

For more information on “Thirst 4 Architecture” events, go to

For more information on PBC+L and directions to their offices, go to

About Triangle Modernist Houses:

Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) is an award-winning 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting modernist residential design. The award-winning website is now the largest educational and historical archive for modernist residential design in America. 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 “livable works of art” for future generations. Visit the website: TMH also has an active community on Facebook.

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