Chapel Hill Architect Arielle Condoret Schechter Wins “Best of Houzz 2016” Award

Best of Houzz BadgeFrom among remodeling and design professionals in North America and around the world

Architect Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA, of Chapel Hill, NC, has won a “Best Of Houzz 2016” award in the Customer Service category.

Houzz is a leading platform for home remodeling and design. Over 35 million unique monthly users that comprise the Houzz community chose Schechter’s firm from among more than one million active home building, remodeling, and design industry professionals represented on the platform.

The Best Of Houzz awards are presented annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service, and Photography. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional receives during the year. As a result, a “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge appears on winners’ Houzz profiles to help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area.

“I’m surprised and thrilled to receive this honor,” Schechter said. “And I want to

Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA
Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA

thank all of my wonderful clients who wrote those kind reviews.”

“Anyone building, remodeling, or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Arielle’s work this way.”

In 2015, Schechter received a “Recommended on Houzz” honor.

To see Schechter’s Houzz page, click here. For more information on the firm, visit www.acsarchitect.com.

About Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA:

Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA, is a licensed, registered architect based in Chapel Hill, NC, who specializes in Modernist, energy-efficient buildings with a focus on passive houses, NET ZERO houses, and her new tiny house designs, Micropolis Houses™. She is a lifelong environmentalist and animal advocate who was riding on the green design train long before it became mainstream. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Arnie, and an assortment of foster animals in a Modern house she designed. For more information: www.acsarchitect.com

About Houzz:

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

 

Educating The Next Generation of Modernist Architects

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Over the past two weeks, North Carolina Modernist Houses’ Project BauHow gave away 200 CAD systems to rural high school students – powerful desktop computer and monitors they get to take home and keep. As a result, students can practice CAD all they want. Later, with class instruction, they will test their knowledge through an NCMH design competition featuring a Modernist house project.

Winners at each BauHow school also receive a scholarship to the NC State University College of Design’s Design Camp next summer.

“And, wow, are they ever pumped about NC State,” said NCMH executive director George Smart, who has posted videos of the students’ comments and excitement on the NCMH Vimeo site, with profiles on six of this year’s 11 Project BauHow Schools:

“High school drafting students are the future of North Carolina architecture,” Smart said. “it is critical that they get better opportunities to learn and master CAD [computer aided design] software. Up to 60 percent of rural North Carolina high school students are in families without the means to provide a CAD-level computer at home. Yet for students interested in a career in architecture, or any kind of professional design, high school drafting classes simply can’t provide enough class time to achieve the proficiency, or portfolios, required for college. This severely limits career opportunities especially in rural areas.”

Project BauHow provides computer and software access so that drafting teachers and give students meaningful homework assignments. “It also encourages and rewards the study and creation of Modernist residential design through the design competition,” Smart noted.

For complete information on Project BauHow, go to www.ncmodernist.org/bauhow. To see the list of schools participating in this school year’s initiative, go to www.ncmodernist.org/bauhow2016.

redchair smAbout NC Modernist Houses:

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit organizations established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is now the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month and frequent home tours, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations. For more information: www.ncmodernist.org. Find NCMH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The Raleigh Architecture Co. Wins AIA NC Honor Award for “Edentwins”

Photo © Raymond Goodmon, 2014
Photo © Raymond Goodmon, 2014

Two modern, urban-infill houses designed in tandem, side-by-side.

When architects enter custom-designed housing in awards competitions, they enter either single-family houses or multi-dwelling projects: multiple, separate housing units that are contained within one building or several buildings within one complex.

For the 2015 AIA NC Design Awards, The Raleigh Architecture Company (RACo) did neither. Partners Craig Kerins, AIA, and Robby Johnston, AIA, entered “Edentwins” — two single-family urban-infill houses that they designed concurrently and built on adjoining lots in downtown Raleigh.

On September 26, Johnston and Kerins received an Honor Award for their innovative duo from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA NC) during an awards ceremony held at the 21c Museum Hotel in Durham.

“Edentwins challenge standard single-family infill development by sharing space, resources, and mutual values with each other,” said Johnston, who lives in one of the award-winning houses with his wife and young daughters.

Edentwins are perched above East Edenton Street, a three-lane, one-way thoroughfare that connects residential neighborhoods to the east with downtown Raleigh. The site plan is organized around a shared central courtyard that visually and spatially ties the houses — and the families who occupy them — together. The courtyard provides outdoor play space for the kids and fresh-air entertainment space for the parents.

According to the RACo partners, small buildable areas on the lots and tight zoning restrictions influenced the houses’ compact linear footprints and projecting forms. Front porches, shaded by the cantilevered second floors, link the homes to the community, reinforce the existing vernacular, and maintain how houses there address the sidewalk and street.

Conceived of as “fraternal twins,” according to the partners, the homes share common traits yet retain their own identities. For example, golden-toned North Carolina cypress adds a note of warmth to the exteriors of both flat-roofed houses, although 556 combines the wood with the rusty patina of Corten® steel while 554 uses reclaimed slate from an old house razed in a nearby neighborhood as outdoor cladding.

The award-winning “Edentwins” are the first houses in a cluster of homes the RACo team is completing in the old inner-city neighborhood known as Hungry Neck North.

For more information on RACo and all of the firm’s projects, visit www.raleigh-architecture.com.

About The Raleigh Architecture Company:

The Raleigh Architecture Company is an award-winning design-build firm specializing in Modern sustainable architecture, and craftsman-quality construction. As licensed architects and general contractors, we consider designing and building to be one integrated process. This streamlined approach empowers us to meet our clients’ economic expectations and to seamlessly execute high quality details, both small and large. Our office and shop are located under one roof in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District at 502 S. West Street. For more information visit www.raleigh-architecture.com, call 919-831-2995, or email: info@raleigh-architecture.com.

 

 

North Carolina Modernist Houses Announces the 2016 Matsumoto Prize Jury

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Nationally known architects to judge annual Modernist house competition.

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), the award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design across the state, has announced the 2016 George Matsumoto Prize Jury.

The 2016 jury will include luminaries in their field including Ray Kappe, of Los Angeles, CA; Alison Brooks of London, England; Joshua Prince-Ramus of New York, NY; Harry Wolf of Los Angeles, CA; Charles McMurray of Miami, FL; and Nathan Crowley of Los Angeles, the architect-turned-production designer whose most recent work was seen in the sci-fi feature “Interstellar.

Now in its fifth year, the Matsumoto Prize honors George Matsumoto, a founding faculty member of North Carolina State University’s School of Design (now College of Design) and architect of some of the state’s best-known and historically significant Modernist houses.  Matsumoto serves as the honorary chair.

The Matsumoto Prize is a unique awards program. It is the only juried architecture competition in North Carolina that focuses solely on Modernist houses, provides financial awards, involves a national jury of Modernist architects, offers the opportunity for public voting, and connects to a major architectural archive.  Residential architects and designers entering the competition can be from anywhere but their houses must be in North Carolina.

“The Prize powerfully engages the greater community to be involved with the architecture they love,” says NCMH Executive Director George Smart. “The competition publicly showcases a new generation of outstanding Modernist architects and houses, promoting new talent and providing motivating honors and incentives in our state.”

The call for submissions will be announced in 2016.  For more information on the 2016 Matsumoto Prize, visit http://www.ncmodernist.org/prize2016.  To see past winners, go to http://www.ncmodernist.org/matsumotoprize.htm.

About North Carolina Modernist Houses:

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. Its many homes tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations. For more information: www.ncmodernist.org.

Project BauHow Supports Nine Rural NC High Schools This Year with Computers, CAD Systems

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) and its educational

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Jacob Dillingham of Newton-Conover High School received a Project BauHow scholarship to NC State University’s Design Camp this summer after winning his school’s design competition.

initiative Project BauHow (Bauhaus + Know-How) will support 200 9th through 11th graders in rural North Carolina high schools this fall by providing free computer systems with Computer Aided Design (CAD) software.

This is the third year NCMH’s Project BauHow has donated CAD systems to rural high school drafting classes.

“High school drafting students are the future of architecture,” said NCMH founder and director George Smart. “It is critical that they get better opportunities to learn and master CAD software. Yet most rural North Carolina’s high school drafting students are in families without a powerful, CAD-level computer at home.”

For students interested in a career in architecture, high school drafting classes can’t provide enough class time to achieve the proficiency (or portfolios) required for college. A home system is essential.

The 2015-2016 Project BauHow teachers and schools across North Carolina are:

  • ·       Monica Whitehead, Scotland High School, Laurinburg
  • ·       Kathy Wright, West Montgomery High School, Mount Gilead
  • ·       Daron Atkins, North Surry High School, Mount Airy
  • ·       Mike Brumble, Eastern Alamance High School, Mebane
  • ·       Stephen Herrington, Jacksonville High School, Jacksonville
  • ·       Lori Bostic, Wallace-Rose Hill High School, Teachey
  • ·       Douglas Lewis, Corinth Holders High School, Wendell
  • ·       Steve Brucker, Newton-Conover High School, Newton
  • ·       Tara Barthelmess, Rolesville High School, Rolesville

Later in the school year, the students will test their accomplishments by competing in an NCMH-sponsored design competition. One winner from each school receives a full scholarship to North Carolina State University’s summer Design Camp.


 

What do the teachers and principals think of Project BauHow? Watch their videos and others at: 

http://www.ncmodernist.org/bauhow2015.htm.


 

For more information on NCMH, go to www.ncmodernist.org.

2015 Matsumoto Prize Honors Six Exemplary Modernist Houses

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Jury Awards First Prize winner: the Aiyyer House by CUBE design + research

North Carolina Modernist Houses announced the six winners – three Jury awards and three People’s Choice awards — for the 2015 George Matsumoto Prize for Modernist residential design during a special event at McConnell Studios in downtown Raleigh.

Houses submitted to the annual competition must be in North Carolina but designers may be based anywhere. A panel of distinguished architects including Jeanne Gang and Peter Gluck chose the Jury Award winners. The 2015 Prize was underwritten by Leland Little Auctions.

NCMH Founder and Director George Smart announced this year’s results.

The 2015 Jury winners are:

First Prize ($3000) — CUBE design + research, Chapel Hill, for the Aiyyer Residence in Carrboro, NC.  Photo at left by Richard Leo Johnson

Second Prize ($2000) – Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, Raleigh, for “Crabill Modern” in Hillsborough, NC.  Photo courtesy Tonic Desig

Third Prize ($1000) – in situ studio, Raleigh, for “Clark Court” in Raleigh. Photo by Richard Leo Johnson

Online public voting determined the three People’s Choice winners. With nearly 2000 votes cast, the 2015 People’ Choice winners are:

First Place: Kersting Architecture, Wilmington, NC, for “Waterline” beach house in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Photo by Rick Ricozzi

Second Place: Roost Homes, Asheville, for Peregrine #5 in Lakeview Park in Asheville, NC. Photo by Olivia Marone

Third Place: Ann Clark Architects, Chicago, for the Knight Howard House in Deep Run, NC. Photo by Stacey Van Berkel

The Matsumoto Prize honors George Matsumoto, FAIA, a founding faculty member at the North Carolina State University School of Design (now College of Design) who is well known for the exemplary mid-century Modernist houses he designed across the state. Matsumoto also served as Honorary Chair of the professional jury.

Sponsors of the award night included Palette and ParlorMitchell Restoration, and Paolo Tomasi Sales.

For more information on the Matsumoto Prize, the jury, and this year’s award winners as well as all the submissions, visit http://www.ncmodernist.org/prize2015.

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About North Carolina Modernist Houses: 

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit organization established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is now the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month and frequent home tours, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations. For more information: www.ncmodernist.org.

McConnell Studios To Host Matsumoto Prize Presentation, Thirst4Architecture

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McConnell Studios in Boylan Heights, Raleigh, will host North Carolina Modernist Houses’ 2015 George Matsumoto Prize awards for Modernist residential design on Thursday, July 23, from 6-8 p.m. Free and open to the public, the awards presentation will be part of a “Thirst4Architecture” design networking event.

Along with the awards presentation, entertainment for the evening will include free music, food, beer, coffee, and a chance to tour through

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Steel and glass “Dragon” by McConnell Studios for the NC State Bar Association

McConnell Studio’s sculpture, lighting, architectural elements, and other custom-fabricated products. A game of “Modernist Musical Chairs,” sponsored by Ivy Simon of Palette & Parlor in Chapel Hill, will give guests a chance to win a Modernist chair. Leland Little Auctions, this year’s Prize sponsor, will also auction off a chair and ottoman by Mitchell Restoration.

Now in its third year, The Matsumoto Prize is the only professionally juried competition with cash prizes specifically for Modernist houses. Over 1700 public votes have been cast for the three top People’s Choice awards, which will also be presented that night. (To see the houses, go to http://www.ncmodernist.org/prize2015.htm.)

“These entries inspire people to dream of having their own Modernist house,” said NCMH founder and director George Smart. “Most people are surprised to know Modernist design doesn’t have to be expensive.  It can easily be affordable, efficient, sustainable, and a house their families will love for decades. This year’s entries are terrific, and we’re looking forward to revealing this winners.”

NCMH’s monthly Thirst4Architecture networking events are sponsored by Emilie Huin/Triangle Modern Homes, specializing in the sale of Modernist homes throughout the Triangle.

McConnell Studios is located at 324 Dupont Circle, Raleigh. For more information and directions, go to http://www.mattmcconnell.com.

redchair smAbout North Carolina Modernist Houses: 

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit organization established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is now the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month and frequent home tours, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations. For more information: www.ncmodernist.org.

2015 Matsumoto Prize Online Public Voting Is Now Open

Public online voting for the 2015 George Matsumoto Prize, which recognizes excellence in Modernist residential design throughout North Carolina*, is now open at https://ncmhcompetitions.squarespace.com/vote.

The Prize, this year sponsored by Leland Little Auctions, includes public voting to determine three “People’s Choice” winners. *Anyone in the world may vote by email (one time per email address) after viewing the submissions at the link above.

The Matsumoto Prize is named for George Matsumoto, FAIA, a Modernist architect well-known in North Carolina for exceptional residential designs.

Matsumoto also serves as Honorary Chair for the Prize’s blue-ribbon jury of professional architects who select the winners for cash prizes from a pool of $6000.

“These entries inspire people dreaming of a Modernist house to know Modernist design is affordable, efficient, sustainable, and most importantly, a house their families will love for decades,” said NCMH founder and director George Smart. “We’re looking forward to record-breaking public participation via this year’s online voting.”

Online voting ends at 5 p.m. EST, June 30th.

To see the entries and vote, visit https://ncmhcompetitions.squarespace.com/vote.

For more information about the 2015 Matsumoto Prize, go to www.ncmodernist.org/prize2015.

redchair smAbout North Carolina Modernist Houses: 

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit organizations established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is now the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month and frequent home tours, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations. For more information: www.ncmodernist.org.

NCMH Announces 2015 Matsumoto Prize for Modernist Residential Design

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Sponsored exclusively this year by Leland Little Auctions.

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) announces that the naming sponsor for the 2015 George Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist residential design is Leland Little Auctions, the Southeast’s premier estate auction gallery, based in Hillsborough, NC.

NCMH created the Matsumoto Prize in 2012 to honor George Matsumoto, FAIA, one of the founding faculty members of North Carolina State University’s School of Design (now College of Design). Matsumoto designed some of North Carolina’s most well-known and well-loved mid-century Modernist houses.

The Matsumoto Prize uniquely features $6000 in awards, a blue-ribbon jury of internationally known architects, and online public voting.

According to George Smart, NCMH Executive Director, “The Matsumoto Prize promotes new talent and provides motivating honors and incentives for a new generation of architects. It also contributes to wider public recognition of Modernism in all its forms — architecture, art, furniture, and fashion — and recognizes the significant economic and aesthetic impact of Modernism across North Carolina.”  LLittle Logo

Leland Little explained why his estate auction gallery stepped up as the exclusive sponsor of the 2015 Matsumoto Prize:

“We have admired the way that NCMH and George Smart have highlighted and recognized North Carolina’s wonderful cache of Modernist homes, generating appreciation of and interest in this aesthetic style. We are very proud to sponsor the 2015 Matsumoto Prize.”

The Matsumoto Prize is open to anyone with primary design responsibility for a completely built, from-the-ground-up, single-family Modernist house of at least 800 heated square feet completed on or after January 1, 2009. The house must be in North Carolina but the designer(s) can be from anywhere. There are no educational or licensure requirements for submission; the design speaks for itself.

NCMH will accept submissions May 1 until May 17. All submissions will be posted on the NCMH website for public voting to determine the People’s Choice winners.   Jury Awards are $3,000 first place, $2,000 second place, $1,000 third place, plus a trophy for each.  Winners will be announced July 16 during an awards ceremony at McConnell Studios in Raleigh.

For more information on the 2015 George Matsumoto Prize, go to http://www.ncmodernist.org/prize2015.

redchair smAbout North Carolina Modernist Houses:  

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit organization established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events monthly and offers frequent home tours, giving the public access to the most exciting Modernist houses, past and present. Tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations. For more information: www.ncmodernist.org or george@ncmodernist.org.

Raleigh Architect Robby Johnston Serves On South Carolina Awards Jury

 

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Robby Johnston, AIA

Raleigh architect Robby Johnston, AIA, partner and founding principal of The Raleigh Architecture Company, recently served on the design awards jury for the Greater Columbia section of the American Institute of Architects’ South Carolina chapter (AIAGC).

This marked the first time Johnston, 34, has served on a design jury other than student review juries at NC State University and UNC-Charlotte.

Steve Schuster, FAIA, principal of Clearscapes in Raleigh, was the jury chair who tapped Johnston for the task, along with young Raleigh architects Erin Sterling-Lewis, AIA, and Sara Queen.

“Steve should be commended for his unorthodox jury composition,” Johnston said. “He selected young, up-and-coming architects rather than architects who have years of experience serving on awards juries. It was an honor to be included.”

The awards recognize outstanding achievements in architecture by AIAGC members. Johnston explained why his jury chose to honor only three of this year’s submissions:

“Each award-winning project exemplified a balance of historical recognition cross-pollinated with contextual response and sensitive, contemporary detailing. We chose only three — one citation, one merit, and one honor award – because, as a group, we felt it was important to preserve the significance of design awards by selecting only the most deserving projects.”

A native North Carolinian, Robby Johnston graduated from UNC-Charlotte’s College of Arts and Architecture in 2003. As a Modernist architect he worked with Michael Ross Kersting Architecture in Wilmington, NC, Tonic Design + Tonic Construction in Raleigh, and Clearscapes before he and partner Craig Kerins launched The Raleigh Architecture Company, a design-build firm, in 2012. He served on the AIA Triangle Tour of Residential Architecture committee for two years and is now a member of City of Raleigh Appearance Committee.

For more information on Johnston and The Raleigh Architecture Company, visit www.raleigh-architecture.com.

RACo logoAbout The Raleigh Architecture Company:

The Raleigh Architecture Company is an award-winning design/build firm specializing in Modern sustainable architecture, and craftsman-quality construction. As licensed architects and general contractors, we consider designing and building to be one integrated process. This streamlined approach empowers us to meet our clients’ economic expectations and to seamlessly execute high quality details, both small and large. Our office and shop are located under one roof in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District at 502 S. West Street. For more information visit www.raleigh-architecture.com, call 919-831-2995, or email: info@raleigh-architecture.com.