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


The first husband-wife partnership 

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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.

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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.”

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Raleigh Publisher Honored by Area Architects

Editor and publisher Bernie Reeves

April 19, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC) –  Bernie Reeves, editor and publisher of Raleigh Metro Magazine, was presented with the annual Isosceles Award from the American Institute of Architects/Triangle section during an awards ceremony held Friday, April 17 in Durham. The award honors decades of service to the profession of architecture.

Reeves, son of the late Ralph Reeves AIA, principal of the award-winning firm Holloway-Reeves in Raleigh, instituted regular coverage of architecture and preservation in 1978 in his weekly Spectator Magazine, the first general interest publication nationally to feature architecture as regular, scheduled content.

Spectator Design Editor Kim Devins Weiss worked with Reeves to launch the Triangle Architecture Awards Program in the early 1980s. The awards program, that attracted noted jurors from across the nation, eventually evolved into the Isosceles Awards sponsored by AIA Triangle.

The Spectator also founded and published North Carolina Architect magazine for six years in collaboration with AIA North Carolina.

Reeves continues to underscore the importance of the built environment – and architects and designers – in his monthly Raleigh Metro Magazine that features complete design pieces by Diane Lea and the monthly Form+Function column covering architectural news by Mike Welton.

“As architects, we have always had a champion in Bernie Reeves,” said multi-award-winning Raleigh architect Frank Harmon, FAIA.

According to AIA Triangle, “The purpose of the AIA Triangle Isosceles Award is to recognize individuals, institutions, associations, or companies outside the profession of architecture who, in collaboration with AIA Triangle members, have made significant contributions to the improvement of the built environment” including “activities that raise the public’s consciousness of the importance of excellent design in shaping the appearance and quality of the environment we live in.”

Bernie Reeves stated: “This award is a great honor that should be shared with Kim Weiss and Diane Lea for their dedication and commitment to architecture in the pages of Spectator, North Carolina Architect and Metro Magazine.”

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New Architecture Column: Raleigh Metro Magazine Announces Mike Welton Will Cover Design Trends, News

Mike Welton
Mike Welton

October 13, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) — Mike Welton, a contributor on architecture to Dwell Magazine, the New York Times and Interior Design, will begin a new column in Raleigh Metro Magazine in the November 2009 issued titled Form and Function.

Welton, who lives in Wake Forest, NC, will cover news, people and events in the lively architectural community in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill and eastern North Carolina region.

The column will accompany the monthly in-depth design features by Metro’s Design Editor Diane Lea, according to magazine editor and publisher Bernie Reeves.

“Diane’s detailed pieces on homes and buildings are highly respected by readers and the architectural community,” he said. “Mike’s column, covering ongoing news items in the field, is a perfect complement to Metro’s dedication to consistent and detailed coverage of the built environment.”

Welton, who contributed an Other Opinion article to the Raleigh News & Observer on October 11 concerning public architecture says, “North Carolina and Raleigh in particular are rapidly becoming magnets for good architects intent on demonstrating excellent 21st-century design.  Metro magazine is the perfect venue for showcasing their work in the built environment.”

Established in 1999, Raleigh Metro Magazine is a monthly publication covering North Carolina from the Research Triangle area to the coast, with a readership of 160,000. It is available at book stores, selected newsstands and online at

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