ARCHITECTS + ARTISANS: “In Louisville, Rabbit Hole Distillery”

By Mike Welton

When Saturday, May 5 rolls around in Louisville, Ky., there’ll be more to celebrate than the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby.

At the corner of Jefferson and Market Streets downtown, a new distillery called Rabbit Hole will hold its grand opening – with a Derby Day party.

“It’s a start-up – 60,000 square feet with fermenters and a couple of stills,” says architect Doug Pierson of Carrboro, N.C.-based pod architecture + design. “When opening day comes, they wanted to be ready to go – during construction, they started their process in a secret location.”

Pierson and his partner Youn Choi designed the distillery as a transparent affair, studying the path of bourbon-making from grain to barrel. “We developed the building around that, from the ground up, so people can see the whole process,” he says. “We said: ‘Form follows process.’” READ MORE

Making History: Katherine Hogan, Vincent Petrarca Receive Kamphoefner Prize for Modern Architecture


The first husband-wife partnership 

VandK Portrait

Katherine Hogan, AIA, and Vincent Petrarca, partners in life and in the award-winning Raleigh firm Tonic Design, were honored to receive the 2017 Kamphoefner Prize at the AIA North Carolina Design Conference held in Wilmington September 13-15.

Named for the founding dean of NC State University’s School (now College) of Design, Henry Kamphoefner (1907-1990), the $10,000 Prize is one of the highest honors for practicing architects in the state.

This marks the first time the Prize has been awarded to a husband-wife partnership.

“Everything we design, we design together,” Petrarca stressed. “So the only possible way we could receive this incredible honor or any other award is together.”

“It is an honor to be recognized among those who are dedicated to forwarding the modern tradition in our place,” Hogan added. “We have many mentors on this list of past recipients, who we have followed and been inspired by over the years. We are honored to be recognized as part of this group.”

Among past Kamphoefner Prize recipients are AIA Fellows Arthur Cogswell, Frank Harmon, Jeffrey Lee, Kenneth Hobgood, Ellen Weinstein, Phil Szostak, and Roger Cannon.

Tonic Design
Vinny and Katherine accept the 2017 Prize during the AIA NC Conference in Wilmington, NC

The Path Leading to The Prize

Over the past decade, Hogan and Petrarca have amassed an array of awards and honors:

  • They’ve already received 41 design awards, including 27 awards sanctioned by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
  • Their work has been published over 40 times in magazines, professional journals, architectural websites, and blogs.
  • They’ve lectured at architecture schools and design conferences since 2007, including the AIA National Convention.
  • They’re served their profession in various capacities through AIANC, AIA Triangle, and both NC State and Syracuse universities. They’ve also served on numerous professional awards juries.
  • Since 2011, they have been adjunct professors at North Carolina State University’s College of Design and Visiting Critics at Syracuse University. They’ve also served as guest jurors for architectural studios at five different universities, including the University of Illinois in Chicago.
  • In 2013, they were named Residential Architect magazine’s “Rising Stars” out of all young firms in the nation.
  • In 2014, Hogan received Triangle Business Journal’sWomen In Business “Future Star” award.

Kamphoefner Prize winners must be currently practicing in North Carolina and must have consistently contributed to the development of modern architecture for at least 10 years “without yielding to any of the undesirable current clichés, neo-modernistic mannerisms or artless historicism that have flawed the building culture of today,” as Dean Kamphoefner wrote when he and his wife, Mable, established the Prize in the 1980s.

Attesting to the Tonic duo’s consistent contributions, Will Bruder, FAIA, of Will Bruder Architects, Phoenix, AZ, wrote in his Letter of Support, “Their design solutions have become both distinctively original and memorably relevant. Their work exemplifies not only the best traditions of modernism but also an abiding respect for the clients and communities they serve,” he wrote.

“Katherine and Vinny both honor the architectural tradition that Dean Kamphoefner envisioned,” Michael Speaks, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, Syracuse University School of Architecture, noted in his letter.

And J. Patrick Rand, FAIA, a Distinguished Professor of Architecture at the NCSU College of Design, asserted his belief that their work “transcends necessity and moves toward poetry, but does so with a language that is the fusion of conceptual ideals and practical circumstances. [Their] buildings show that proportion, materiality, space and experience are the essential contents of architecture.”

For more information on Tonic Design:

For more information on The Kamphoefner Prize, visit “The Professor’s House in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, by Arielle Condoret Schechter”

by Sanjay Gangal

This small, modern house was designed for an eminent author and professor of Native American studies. A widow now, she wanted to downsize from her 3200-square-foot house and live in a new, age-in-place home in a quiet, wooded neighborhood in Chapel Hill, NC, with her dog, Calamity Jane.

  • Architects: Arielle Condoret Schechter
  • Project: The Professor’s House
  • Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina USA
  • Photography: Keith Isaacs, Raleigh, NC (except kitchen images – by ACS)
  • Structural Engineer: Brian Moskow, Red Engineering and Design, Apex, NC
  • Contractor: Ted Sanford, Immaculate Construction, Graham, NC
  • Construction cost: $250/square foot  READ MORE….

Shaw Design Associates, T.L. Stewart Builders Announce Nottingham Road Project in Raleigh

Three high-end, custom-designed homes in Raleigh

Streetscape rendering by Shaw Design Associates
Streetscape rendering by Shaw Design Associates

October 26, 2016 (Chapel Hill, NC) — Shaw Design Associates of Chapel Hill and T.L. Stewart Builders of Sanford have announced that they have begun construction on their new Nottingham Road Project in West Raleigh — a trio of for-sale Charleston-style single-family homes.

The custom-designed homes average 4700 square feet and Stewart expects them to go on the market “in the $1 million range.”

High-end custom home designer Keith Shaw, AIA, had worked with Terry Stewart on several estate homes in Chapel Hill’s gated community Governors Club. When Stewart secured the four lots on Nottingham Road for his first project in Raleigh, he turned to Shaw for architectural design.

“Keith is easy to do business with,” Stewart said. “He has great options and he’s willing to listen to others’ ideas. He’s flexible. And his plans work.”

Site Work: Stewart razed two nondescript duplexes on the property so that he and Shaw could reconfigure the property into three lots, rather than four, with an alleyway connecting the three.

During the design development stage, Shaw used the natural grade of the land which slopes down towards Nottingham Road, to place the houses’ garages on grade – “on the high side,” he said — at their rear elevations. As a result, the facades will rise two to three stories above the street and provide future homeowners with panoramic views of the wooded neighborhood, park area and “greenway”.

Charleston Style: There are many variations of Charleston-style architecture, but one distinctive Low Country design element is the raised main level and entrance. Main levels were raised off the ground in Charleston to avoid floodwaters and to allow breezes to circulate under the house. Shaw’s designs will continue that tradition with grand staircases leading up to another classic Charleston-style element: a broad porch, or piazza, across the face of the entrance floor. Pairs of French doors and windows will open the interiors to the porches.

Expressing traditional Southern details with more modern, pragmatic materials, Shaw says he will combine brick foundations and columns with fiber cement HardieBoard® shake shingles and horizontal HardieBoard® paneling on the exterior. Front porches will feature standing-seam metal roofs.

The first of the three houses, now under construction, features the main living spaces, kitchen, and master bedroom suite on the entrance level with three more bedrooms and baths on the upper level. The corridors on the upper levels will overlook the lower level. A family room, guest bedroom and bath on ground level floor will be equipped to become an “in-law suite,” says Shaw, with options for a kitchenette, dining room, gas fireplace in the living room, and laundry room.

For more information on the Nottingham Road Project, contact Terry Stewart:

For more information on Shaw Design Group, visit

About Shaw Design Associates: Founded by Keith Shaw, AIA, in 1995, Shaw Design Associates, P.A. is a recognized leader in providing innovative architectural solutions for all project types – solutions based on time-tested, enduring standards and plan elements that are vital to design integrity. The firm adheres to these design truths by focusing on the land, the light, and the patterns of interaction between the owner, the structure, and the environment. Shaw Design Associates is located at 180 Providence Road, #8, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. For more information, visit or call 919.493.0528.

About T.L. Stewart Builders, Inc.: Custom homebuilder Terry Stewart established his business in 1984 to build “Homes to Believe In.” The company’s goal is to make it as easy as possible for their customers to build their dream homes. Years of experience help him guide clients towards the home they truly want. Accommodating and paying attention to all the details is foremost. T. L. Stewart Builders, Inc. is located at 613 Carthage Street in Sanford, NC. For more information call 919-774-8714or visit

Architecture Movie Series To Present Documentary on 25 Frank Lloyd Wright Structures in California

For its first film in 2016, the MoHo Architecture Movie Series will screen MoviePromo“Romanza: The Structures of California Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright” on Thursday, January 7, in the James B. Hunt Library auditorium on NC State University’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh.

Directed by Michael Miner, “Romanza” features 25 buildings Wright designed along the West Coast, including Eddie’s House, a doghouse in keeping with the family’s home, the Robert Berger house, which he had designed previously. In 1973 the doghouse was thrown away. For a segment in “Romanza,” however, Berger’s sons Jim and Eric rebuilt Eddie’s House from the original plans. The doghouse remains the smallest structure Wright ever designed.

The film weaves details of the architect’s design principles and his life with the exploration of the 25 structures. Miner includes personal interviews with Wright experts, clients, and people who live in and work in these buildings. To see a trailer:

The Hunt Library is located at 1070 Partners Way. Raleigh, NC 27606. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Mod Squad members are admitted free until capacity is reached. The first 100 NCSU students with IDs also get in free.  NCSU Friends of the Library receive 10 percent off tickets when they present their Friends of the Library cards.

Sarah Sonke of MoHo Realty is sponsoring the entire 2015-16 Architecture Movie Series. Other sponsors include VMZinc, The Kitchen Specialist, and Hill Country Woodworks of Chapel Hill.

For more information on NCMH and the entire MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series, go to

About 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:  Find NCMH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The Raleigh Architecture Co. Hires New Project Manager

Craig Kerins, AIA, and Robby Johnston, AIA, partners in The Raleigh Architecture Company (RACo) announce that Claire Craven has joined their firm as a project manager.

Claire Craven
Claire Craven

Craven received her Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2012 from the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design, where she received a Faculty Design Award for the best design project of her graduating class. She also received an Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA) Award was a member of Tau Sigma Delta, the architecture honor society. She graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Craven worked with Gray Organschi Architecture, a design-build office in New Haven, CT, before relocating to Raleigh and joining The Raleigh Architecture Co.

Her skills range from drawing in all design phases to project and construction management. She is also fluent in French and an accomplished graphic designer.

In addition to design, Claire’s interests include teaching, traveling, and working with “off-the-shelf materials because everything can be beautiful if treated thoughtfully.”

The Raleigh Architecture Company (RACo) is a full-service design-build-fabrication firm with its offices and workshop under one roof in Raleigh’s warehouse district. For more information, visit

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, call 919-831-2995, or email:

Shaw Design To Direct 12-Day “Building Blitz” in Chapel Hill

Rendering, front view, future New Life Fellowship hall and classroom building.
Rendering, front view, future New Life Fellowship hall and classroom building.

An army of volunteers will construct church fellowship hall.

Like a conductor directing an orchestra, Chapel Hill architect Keith Shaw, AIA, principal of Shaw Design Associates, will direct a “building blitz” later this month as local volunteers and another 55 volunteers from as far away as Trinidad come together to construct New Life Fellowship’s new 6184-square-foot fellowship hall and classroom in just 12 days.

With help from general contractor AG Builders, the blitz will take place at the church’s new campus — 166 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill — from October 25 to November 5. It will begin with a foundation slab in place and end with all interior walls framed and the Prairie Style exterior nearly completed.

“It’s going to be an exciting opportunity to witness what can be accomplished in a short time when everyone involved is so dedicated to the outcome,” Shaw said.

Well-known for the estate homes he’s designed within the gates of The Governor’s Club in Chapel Hill, Keith Shaw is also a lay leader in New Life Fellowship, a Seventh-day Adventist Church currently in Durham. As such, he and the congregation called upon Maranatha International, a supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, to make this building blitz happen.

A non-profit organization, Maranatha assists with at least a dozen construction projects in North America each year by mobilizing volunteers. Projects range from renovations of existing buildings to new construction.

New Life Fellowship’s building blitz will cover Phase One of the total project. Phase Two will add a 7010-square-foot main lobby and 300-seat sanctuary to the 3.5-acre church campus.

Primary exterior building materials will include six-inch energy-saving SIPS wall panels (structural insulated panels), Hardie® Shake siding, brick and stone. All lighting will be LED, and will be donated to the project.

According to Shaw, the volunteer labor and lighting donation will provide a huge cost savings for the church. Site work is estimated at $475,000 with construction cost projected as $500,000.

For more information on the 12-day building blitz, follow New Life Fellowship’s Facebook page. For more information on Shaw Design Associates, visit

About Shaw Design Associates:

Founded by Keith Shaw, AIA, in 1995, Shaw Design Associates, P.A. is a recognized leader in providing innovative architectural solutions for all project types – solutions based on time-tested, enduring standards and plan elements that are vital to design integrity. The firm adheres to these design truths by focusing on the land, the light, and the patterns of interaction between the owner, the structure, and the environment. Shaw Design Associates is located at 180 Providence Road, #8, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. For more information, visit or call 919.493.0528.

“Hungry Neck” House in Downtown Raleigh To Be Featured on 2015 Homes Tour

The Raleigh Architecture Co.
The Hungry Neck House: modern, compact, urban.

An award-winning Modern home in Raleigh’s old “Hungry Neck” neighborhood, designed and built by The Raleigh Architecture Company (RACo), will be open to the public during the sixth Residential Tour sponsored by the Triangle Section of the American Institute of Architects’ North Carolina chapter (AIA Triangle). The tour will take place on Saturday, September 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One of only seven residences selected for the 2015 tour, the Hungry Neck house received an AIA Triangle honor award for design excellence and construction quality this past spring.

“Honor awards are granted to projects that exemplify excellence of architectural design on all levels of analysis and are reserved for those projects that stand out,” said design jury chairman William Carpenter, FAIA, of Decatur, Georgia.

This house is actually one of a cluster of compact modern houses in the old neighborhood just east of downtown Raleigh. Designed by RACo partners Craig Kerins, AIA, and Robby Johnston, AIA, it perches on an infill lot overlooking a busy thoroughfare. In the spirit of the neighborhood, the partners turned a corner of the façade into a front porch.

The owner is a chef by avocation, so the interior revolves around cooking and entertaining. A light-filled, double-height space in the center of the house connects the open kitchen to the rest of the house. At the rear of the house, large operable glazing lets the dining room expand outside and focuses the view on a 100-year-old oak tree. A balcony off the master bedroom suite provides outdoor living space on the second floor.

AIA Triangle encompasses members in Wake, Durham, Orange, Lee, Chatham, Franklin, Warren, Vance, Granville, and Person counties. The houses on the 2015 tour are located in Raleigh, Durham, Creedmoor, and Pittsboro. The tour is self-guided. Tickets are available at

For more information on The Raleigh Architecture Company, visit

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, call 919-831-2995, or email:

Book Release Party To Celebrate “Drawing From Practice”

Cover Art, "Drawing From Practice," by J. Michael Welton
Cover Art, “Drawing From Practice,” by J. Michael Welton

The event will honor local author Mike Welton and architects who draw by hand.

Frank Harmon, FAIA, will be one of six North Carolina architects honored at Activate14’s Book Release Party to celebrate the publication of the new book Drawing From Practice: Architects and the Meaning of Freehand by J. Michael Welton. The party will take place on Tuesday, May 19, from 6-8 p.m. at the AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design, 14 East Peace Street, in downtown Raleigh.

A Triangle resident, Mike Welton writes about architecture, art, and design for national and international publications, and edits and publishes the digital design magazine Architects + Artisans.

Published by Routledge Press, Drawing from Practice explores and illuminates the ways architects use freehand drawing by featuring drawings and architecture from every generation practicing today, including six North Carolina architects: Frank Harmon, Phil Freelon, Ellen Cassilly, Chad Everhart, Matt Griffith, and Erin Sterling Lewis.

These architects will participate in a panel discussion during the party. Afterwards, they will also be on hand, along with the author, to sign a limited number of books for sale that evening while guests enjoy food and beverages.

Frank Harmon is an architect, educator, and author of the website “Native Places.” As founding principal of the award-winning firm Frank Harmon Architect PA, he has designed modern, sustainable, and regionally appropriate buildings across the Southeast for 30 years, always using hand-drawn sketches. He recently commented on Drawing from Practice:

“Mike’s book is long awaited and warmly received by all those who believe in the value of sketching as a means to explore architectural ideas.”

Activate14 is an AIA North Carolina community outreach initiative headquartered at the Center for Architecture and Design, also featured in the book.

The Book Release Party is free and open to the public, but attendees must first RSVP at (Architects in attendance are eligible for LU credit.)

For directions to the AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design, go to

Click here for more information on Drawing from PracticeArchitects and the Meaning of Freehand.

About Frank Harmon Architect PA:

Founded in 1981, Frank Harmon Architect PA is a design studio of architects, designers, and makers whose work engages pressing contemporary needs, such as sustainability, placelessness, and the restoration of cities and nature. For more information:

University of Kansas Welcomes Frank Harmon as Distinguished Guest, Keynote Speaker

For Studio 804’s 20th anniversary celebration in March 2015.

Frank Harmon, FAIA. (photo by William Morgan)
Frank Harmon, FAIA. (photo by William Morgan)

North Carolina-based architect Frank Harmon, FAIA, will be the distinguished guest and keynote speaker when the University of Kansas’s School of Architecture, Design & Planning holds its celebration of Studio 804’s 20th anniversary on March 27-28, 2015.

The celebration will include speakers of international stature who will support the theme “[Re] Engaged Architecture” as they present work and processes that reflect this topic. Those speakers are: Andrew Freear, Brigette Shim, Ted Flato, Brian MacKay-Lyons, and Marlon Blackwell.

Studio 804 is a not-for-profit organization within KU’s School of Architecture, Design & Planning that is committed to the continued research and development of sustainable, affordable, and inventive building solutions. Under Distinguished Professor Dan Rockhill’s leadership, Studio 804 educates students through the experience of all aspects of design/build, a delivery model that is gaining widespread popularity in the architectural profession.

A Professor in Practice at North Carolina State University’s College of Design, Frank Harmon is a recognized leader in Modern, sustainable, and regionally appropriate design. He is well known for bringing an appreciation for simple, vernacular architecture and its implied environmental stewardship to every project that his firm, Frank Harmon Architect PA in Raleigh, NC, designs. Harmon’s work has been described as “buildings rooted in the earth, warmed by the sun, with fresh air flowing through the windows and made of materials friendly to the touch.”

“Studio 804 is one of the most successful design-build education programs in the world,” Harmon said. “Students learn by doing and in the process create memorable architecture. Studio 804 is a leader in socially responsible design and practice.”

For more information on Studio 804 and the event, go to

For more information on Frank Harmon, visit

About Frank Harmon, FAIA:

Frank Harmon, FAIA, is principal of the multi-award-winning firm Frank Harmon Architect PA in Raleigh, NC, a Professor in Practice at NC State University’s College of Design, and the 2013 winner of AIA North Carolina’s F. Carter Williams Gold Medal, the highest honor presented by the Chapter to an AIA NC member to recognize a distinguished career and extraordinary accomplishments as an architect. In 2010 Harmon was included in Residential Architect’s inaugural “RA 50: The Short List of Architects We Love.” In 2013, his firm was ranked 21st among the top 50 firms in the nation by Architect Magazine. Frank Harmon is also the author and illustrator for “Native Places,” a website where he uses hand-drawn sketches and mini-essays to examine the relationship between nature and built structures. For more information: Contact information:; 919.829.9464; 14 East Peace Street, Raleigh, NC 27604.