Works In Progress: Chapel Hill Architect Arielle Schechter, AIA, Announces Three New Residential Projects



December 11, 2017 (Chapel Hill, NC) — Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA, Architect, a full-service architecture firm based in Chapel Hill, NC, has announced three new residential projects, each with remarkably different aspirations.

Big House for a Big Family: Arielle Schechter, principal and founder, describes one of her newest clients as a “big, loving, blended family with kids and more kids on the way.” The family needs a generously sized modern house “for the rest of their lives,” she said, with plenty of space for the family as it is today and as it will be in the future as it expands with spouses and grandchildren.

One response will be a huge playroom to allow for ping pong, pool, and foosball “at any hour of the day or night.” The playroom will connect directly to the house and to the outdoors, allowing access to a future swimming pool. “This house is all about togetherness and family fun,” Schechter noted.

Privacy for Two: A husband and wife anxious to escape what they call a “soul-deadening” cookie-cutter residential development, have hired Schechter to plan and design a very private new home that will let them “just disappear into the woods,” she said. The “woods” she refers to are in Chatham County.

According to the architect, they are a modest couple and want a modern but simple, unpretentious, age-in-place design that let them live out their lives together in peace, away from the restrictions of a housing development.

One of Schechter’s inspirations was her clients’ request for “a sheltered place to sit outside and watch the rain.” In response, she has designed a deeply cantilevered roof where they can sit outside and enjoy the rain without getting wet.

A Doctor in the House: Schechter’s third new project is a modern residence for a doctor who teaches and practices at Duke University, his wife, and their son. The family moved to Durham from New York City. Their primary objective is a family home for three that maintains the parents’ connection to their young son.

One design decision directly related to that concept: a second-floor bridge that “floats” over an open, double-height living room. The bridge connects the master suite to their son’s suite, both of which are on the second floor. The lower level will feature the public spaces – living, dining, kitchen areas — and guest rooms that can double as an office or den.

For more information on Arielle Schechter and to see her built work as well as other “On The Boards” projects, visit

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 plans, the Micropolis Houses™. She is a lifelong environmentalist and began practicing green design long before it became mainstream. She is also a lifelong animal advocate who lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Arnie, and an assortment of foster animals in the Modern, sustainable house she designed for them. For more information:




Frank Harmon, David Crawford To Headline First “Appetite 4 Architecture” Dinner & Discussion

Frank Harmon, FAIA © f8 Photo Studios

March 2, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC) – Multi-award winning architect Frank Harmon, FAIA, principal of Frank Harmon Architect PA, and David Crawford, executive vice president of the North Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA NC) will be the featured guests for the first “Appetite 4 Architecture” dinner on Tuesday, March 23, at 18 Seaboard restaurant in Raleigh. Proceeds will benefit the future AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design in downtown Raleigh.

Appetite 4 Architecture (A4A) is sponsored by Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) as a way for the general public to dine with prominent members of the Triangle’s design community in an intimate, small group setting. Dinner guests will be able to discuss anything they want with the designers, from their dream home or renovation project, to the designers’ work or a house they’ve admired.

Frank Harmon is best known for his work in modern, innovative, environmentally sustainable and regionally appropriate architecture. Two houses he designed – one in Raleigh, the other in Charleston, SC — received the 2009 Custom Home Design Awards in the “less than 3000 square feet” category from Custom Home Magazine. His design of a vacation home in the Bahamas has been featured in numerous journals and books on green architecture and was included in a special exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. His residential work has also been featured in the Raleigh News & Observer’s “Home of the Month” series in association with the NC State University College of Design.

David Crawford, executive vice president, AIA NC

Currently, Harmon is working closely with David Crawford on the future AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design. Harmon won the commission in a professional design competition.

“A4A dinner events are rare opportunities to enjoy free-ranging discussions in an informal but upscale dining environment,” said TMH founder and director George Smart. “Participants will have access to some of the area’s best residential architects and professionals, many of whom are mentioned on TMH.  Explore architecture, homebuilding, the economy for design, furnishings, real estate – or anything else on your mind.”

Tickets to the Harmon/Crawford dinner are $59 per person. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.

TMH is hosting nine A4A dinners. For information on the special guests for each dinner, the dates, and locations, go to

To reserve tickets for the Harmon/Crawford dinner or any of the others go to

About Frank Harmon Architect PA:

Frank Harmon Architect PA, a multi-award-winning firm headquartered in downtown Raleigh, has extensive experience with projects that blend architecture with enhancement of the environment, including the recently completed Walnut Creek Urban Wetlands Park Educational Center in Raleigh, Duke University’s Ocean Science Teaching Center in Beaufort, the NC Botanical Garden’s new Visitors Center in Chapel Hill, and Merchants Millpond Outdoor Educational building in Gatesville, N.C. His work has been featured in numerous books, journals and magazines on architecture, including Dwell, Architectural Record, and Residential Architect. For more information, go to