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.

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North Carolina Modernist Houses Announces the 2015 Matsumoto Prize Jury

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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 2015 George Matsumoto Prize Jury.

The 2015 jury includes MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang, FAIA, Studio Gang Architects, Chicago; Harry Bates, Bates Masi Architects, Sag Harbor, New York; Eric Gartner, AIA, SG Architects, New York; Peter Gluck, Gluck+, New York; Bev Thorne, the last living architect to have participated in Arts & Architecture‘s famous Case Study Houses, Oakland; and Honorary Chair George Matsumoto, FAIA.

Now in its fourth 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.

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,” said 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 2015. For more information on the 2015 Matsumoto Prize, visit http://www.ncmodernist.org/prize2015. To see past winners, go to http://www.ncmodernist.org/matsumotoprize.htm.

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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.