Architecture You Love

A North Carolina 501C3 Educational Nonprofit Archive Documenting,
Preserving, and Promoting Residential Modernist Architecture

2012 Events: Tours, Trips, Movies, Dinners, Happy Hours, and Presentations
Mod Squad and Sponsor Appreciation Reception
December 2012

About 100 people attended our annual reception for Mod Squad members and sponsors. 
Music provided by A Mad Affair.





A Mad Affair


George Smart and Kate Walker


Viv Olkin, Eleanor Stell, and Sim Sitkin


The Crabill House, designed by Vinny Petrarca, in cake.

Nowell's Architecture Movie Series
Raleigh Grande, Raleigh
December 2012



Fallingwater:  Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterwork with Reflections of Edgar Kaufmann Jr.  (2011).  Kenneth Love restored his documentary Fallingwater: A Conversation with Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. to create a new wide screen HD version of the acclaimed 1994 film. 


The Mobile Modernist House Tour
November 2012

About 50 people visited inside seven Modernist houses, from classics to remodels to new construction, from Raleigh to Chapel Hill to Greensboro to Durham -- and back -- on our catered, wifi-equipped, restroom-equipped touring bus.  They spent the day with fellow architecture fans rockin' to some of the best architecture in the state.


The Ed Loewenstein House, Greensboro, designed by Ed Loewenstein


Cassilhaus, Chapel Hill, designed by Ellen Cassilly, built by Leon Meyers
 
The Chappell House, Raleigh, designed and built by Tonic Design/Tonic Construction

The Shaw House, Chapel Hill, designed by Jay Fulkerson, built by Anchorage Building Company


The Litwinski House, Chapel Hill, designed and built by Ramon Garcia. 



The Nasir House, Raleigh, designed and built by Studio B/Buildsense.
Photo by Leilani Carter.



The 2012 Brame House, Durham, designed by Phil Szostak. 
Photo by Leilani Carter.

"A first class ticket to all things modern. Exceptional tour with attention to detail executed at every turn, thanks to George, Eleanor, and their assiduous team of volunteers.  Bonus opportunity to speak directly with the architects, builders, and owners. I found my favorite home muse... until we visited the next dwelling.... Brimming with inspiration, sugarplums and modern homes have been dancing in my dreams ever since. Thanks to TMH for such terrific exposure to such exquisite gems in the Triangle. So glad I found your wonderful organization.  Bravo!" -- Suzanne Kratzer

 "Modapalooza was a hoot.  Artie and I had a ball.  I can only begin to imagine what it must take to charm folks into allowing a busload of visitors to interrupt their Saturday, schedule bus travel seemingly to the minute, arrange for a van full of barbeque to be waiting at just the right time on I-40, and keep a bunch of curious folks on schedule with a smile on your faces.  All done with style and grace.  Thanks for making it possible to have an intimate look at seven fine houses.  It was a great day." -- Dail Dixon

"Thanks for the opportunity to go with you guys to Modapalooza last weekend. We had a great time. You arranged for some great homes on the tour. And as usual your hospitality was outstanding! Looking forward to more events with the Mod Squad." -- Jennifer Gundersdorff

"Thank you for a great day.  You are a tremendous organizer and we both appreciated your care and leadership." -- Brigid Hogan

"What a nice one! Everything was so well organized, the houses were beautiful, the hosts were charming, we saw a lot of art, and we had a beautiful weather. What a day!  Congratulations for this hard work and thanks a lot" -- Michele Bernoux

"We've been to many drive-yourself TMH tours, but this was our first bus trip. The tour was as well-designed as the homes we saw. What better way to see special homes than with nice fun interesting people. Thanks!" -- Mark and Leslie Zimmerman

"Modapalooza was not an event to miss and looking forward to Modapalooza 2.  Being able to talk to the owners and architects was a plus to seeing these incredible modern homes.  Also, a plus was the art work these owners collect .. thanks for everything." -- Dale and Kayla Briggs

The 2012 TalkModern Lecture Series: 
AIA NC Center, Raleigh
November 2012



Richard Neutra's son Dion spoke on "Architecture: The View from Inside" to about 40 people.

Nowell's Architecture Movie Series
Galaxy Cinema, Cary
November 2012



Modern Tide:  Midcentury Architecture on Long Island (2012).  About 45 people attended at our last (sniff, sniff) showing at the Galaxy Cinema, which closed in November 2012.


October 2012

T4A was at Triangle Brick's new building designed by Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee.  People got to create their own personal brick carving/sculpture. 

Featuring the "brick garden," a unique outdoor showcase of brick types, sizes, and shapes.









Last three photos by Trey Thomas.

TMH Five Year Celebration and Volunteer Awards
October 2012
Tarantini's, Chapel Hill


The Burroughs Wellcome Headquarters Tour
aka the Elion-Hitchings Building
October 2012





 

This iconic building in Research Triangle Park has not been open for public tour for decades.  By special arrangement with the building's new owners, TMH fans got inside one of architect Paul Rudolph’s most compelling achievements, a tiered building completed in 1971.  The building's futuristic interior, including the executive offices on the top floor, was seen in the 1983 sci-fi thriller “Brainstorm” starring Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood.  

 

The building originally was the original US headquarters for UK pharmaceutical company Burroughs Wellcome.  It was named “Elion-Hitchings” after two of Burroughs-Wellcome's innovative scientists – Gertrude Elion and George Hitchings, shown above, won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1988.  That firm was later acquired by Glaxo which was merged with SmithKline Beecham to form GSK.  GSK sold the buliding in June 2012 to United Therapeutics who gave special permission for the tour prior to the building's renovation.  Over 300 people attended.
 
October 2012
Nowell's Architecture Movie Series
Galaxy Cinema, Cary



Coast Modern:  Modern Architecture of the Pacific States (2012).

The 2012 TalkModern Lecture Series
Raymond Richard Neutra on Preserving the VDL Studio/Residences in Los Angeles
October 2012



Over the last 35 years, Raymond Richard Neutra, Richard Neutra's youngest son, travelled the world to connect with his father's buildings, making profound connections to their owners and occupants.  He brings a unique perspective as a non-architect (an epidemiologist, in fact), a son growing up with a famous father, and a tireless preserver of Modernism all over the world. 

Raymond raises awareness and funds for the restoration of the Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Studio/Residences, an ongoing social and technological experiment, left by his mother in 1990 to to Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design.

Raymond described the ongoing efforts to restore the VDL compound including the philosophical issues encountered during the project. Introducing Raymond was the former Dean of the Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design, NCSU College of Design Dean Marvin Malecha.
 
Proceeds from this talk benefit the VDL Studio.  A dinner beforehand was sponsored by VMZINC.

Mayberry Modernism
Carolina Country Club
September 2012



George Smart spoke on Mayberry Modernism to an enthusiasic crowd of 35.  Here's a photo of the old club designed by Matthew Nowicki and Milton Small.

The Frank Lloyd Wright / Fallingwater Trip 3
September 2012

28 architectural adventurers visited Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, Fallingwater, had a private reception on one of the terraces, visited Wright's Kentuck Knob (group photo), toured the Ohiopyle area, visited a Neutra house in Uniontown PA, and visited the Abrams House in Pittsburgh in a whirlwind weekend!

"I thought it was wonderful. I can now cross Fallingwater off my bucket list! It was extremely well-organized, and everything went like clockwork. We got a lot in and definitely got our money's worth.  Thanks for everything." -- Dianne Bertschfont

"Based on attending previous tours sponsored by Triangle Modernist Houses, I had very high expectations for this trip to Fallingwater. I am thrilled to say that all of my expectations were exceeded. This trip was well-planned and had tons of amazing architecture and sightseeing packed into two days. Everyone commented how much we'd seen and done in a weekend! My experience was truly outstanding." -- Wendy Covington

"Carl and I had a wonderful time (I would have enjoyed myself a bit more had I been better prepared for the 3-hour class I had to teach on Monday evening!). I can't think of any ways to improve the itinerary (the Neutra house was a bonus--otherwise, I see that you're planning pretty much the same itinerary for next year). There was the right amount of time at each location--not too rushed, not too slow, with sufficient time for the unexpected contingencies that must inevitably happen on trips like these." -- Carolyn Miller 

"I was very impressed by the seamless organization (the bus, the lunches, the streamlined hotel check-in) and the extras that made it a richer trip (the Wright DVD  played en route, the chance to see an unknown Neutra house). I had balked a bit at the price when I learned that an extra place had become available, but now I know that I couldn't have covered that much territory in twice the time, that I would have been exhausted and stressed had I undertaken the trip on my own, and that I simply would not have gotten as much out of the experience.  You may use any comments here to promote future trips. Many thanks for an inspiring weekend." -- Julie Johnson

"Many thanks for hosting the Fallingwater trip.It was wonderful and I cannot believe that we did so much in such a short time!  Of course, the highlight was Fallingwater, which was even more magnificent than imagined! I had often seen pictures of the house - but "being there" took my breath away. Mr. Wright was truly a man of vision. Who else could have imagined a house built over a waterfall!  Kentuck Knob was charming. The interior was warm and inviting, and enjoyed the pictures provided by the owners. Many thanks to them for allowing us to visit in their home. Not to be missed was the nearby mountain view which was magnificent!  The house tours were expected, but unexpected was the lovely mountain drive, the stop near a cascading stream, the Frank Lloyd Wright movies, and delicious box lunches - who could ask for more!  I was surprised by and delighted with the city of Pittsburgh. I did not realize that it was so large. Glad that you suggested the tram for a view of the city. Also, very much enjoyed the Abrams house which was unique and interesting!  Thank you for being a wonderful tour guide and gracious host. I look forward to additional trips." -- Ann Shivers

"Thanks for organizing a great trip. I loved the houses, loved the company and you made the trip so easy and fun. It was altogether brilliant! I look forward to joining you on another trip sometime soon."
-- Debby Lubell

"George, I first became aware of FLW's work over spring break my Junior year at Tulane University.  Instead of going to a beach somewhere to get drunk and sunburned, a group of students (and chaperones -- it was the 60's after all!) from the Schools of Art and Architecture took the train from New Orleans to Chicago.  We spent one day touring the Chicago Art Institute and another day touring the FLW buildings in the nearby suburbs of Oak Park and River Forest.  I was hooked for life on his work!  Over the years, my desire grew to see as many of his buildings as possible.  Of course, Fallingwater topped the list.  This trip was a dream come true for me.  However, I did experience one big surprise that I never would have expected.  While Fallingwater is truly a legendary icon, I discovered that I could not visualize myself living there (maybe in the guest house, but not the main house).  On the other hand, I could and did visualize myself living at Kentuck Knob.  I could easily imagine sitting in the living room at Kentuck Knob with my dog, surrounded by my books, my music, and my modest art collection.  It is an image that I will enjoy for the rest of my life. If Fallingwater is a Las Vegas showgirl (or a Chippendales's guy), then Kentuck Knob is the girl (or guy) next door.  Thank you for including Kentuck Knob on the tour, and also for including some "quality time" in Pittsburgh.  This trip has changed my perception of Pittsburgh 200% for the better!  I would love to visit Pittsburgh again sometime (just not in winter!).  You've hit another one out of the park, George.  Can't wait for Auldbrass.  Thanks again." -- Linda DeShaw

"George you did it again!  You are a ‘weekend trip taker’s’ dream.  Wayne and I so loved our transforming trip to Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, and inspirations beyond.  So much joy, camaraderie, vision, and creative stimulation in 36 hours!  Thank you for your gift of organization, maximizing time spent on quality sites, surprises, planned ‘down time’, and ultimate focus on the very worthy project of preserving, maintaining, and encouraging modernist homes.  Best wishes to you and yours for continued success!" --Shirley Drechsel


Preservation Durham and TMH Present
September 2012



Over 500 people attended on a perfect afternoon!



Concert of Wills: Richard Meier and the Making of the Getty Center (1997)
September 2012
North Carolina Museum of Art

From the New York Times Review: 

The Getty Trust commissioned Maysles Films to document the process of bringing the billion-dollar project to fruition. And the filmmakers' access permitted them to record the arduous, often contentious events that led to the opening of the Getty Center.  Meier, noted for his spare white enameled modernist buildings, was, from the outset, up against the local residents and a conditional use permit with more than 100 provisions, including one that insisted that the exteriors of the center be constructed primarily of stone.  Along the way, Meier was also pitted against John Walsh, the director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, and Walsh's traditionalist focus on an interior design that would best display the center's collections. Toward the end, the Getty Trust, with Harold M. Williams as its president and chief executive and Stephen Rountree as its vice president, turned to Thierry W. Despont, an architect who concerned himself with the interiors, and Robert Irwin, an artist charged with landscaping the center's central gardens -- a man who clearly vexed Mr. Meier, usually seen maintaining a rather cheerful if long-suffering demeanor. Throughout, Meier struggles to realize a conception that no end of meetings and drawings and scale models seem ever to make visible in full subtlety and glory to anyone but himself. Ever, that is, until the very end.



September 2012
North Carolina Museum of Art
Sponsored by Hanbury Preservation Consulting



About 70 people attended.  Photo by Leilani Carter.



August 2012




McConnell Studios hosted over 140 people in Raleigh with food, a great band, free etched glasses, and a chance to view his amazing creations around the giant studio.  Photo by Leilani Carter.


Modernism at Risk
Durham Engineer's Club
Croasdaile Country Club
August 2012

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George Smart spoke on Mayberry Modernism. 

THE 2012 George Matusmoto Prize

The Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist residential architecture is a unique competition featuring $6,000 in honors, a blue-ribbon jury of internationally-known architects, public voting, and an optional video component. 
The Jury and People's Choice winners were announced August 2, 2012 at the AIA North Carolina Center.





Mike Rantilla, Adam Sebastian, sponsor George Smart, emcee Erin Sterling Lewis, John Reese, Will Alphin, Vinny Petrarca, jury chair Frank Harmon.  Scott Ogden could not make it.

Jury Prizes
1st place:  John Reese, Banbury House
2nd place:  Mike Rantilla, 1804 Pictou Road
3rd place:  Vinny Petrarca, the GREENville House

People's Choice Prizes
1st place:  Adam Sebastian, The Hole One House
2nd place:  Scott Ogden, The Althea Way House
3rd place:  Will Alphin, The Taylor House

MIKE RANTILLA ART LIN LINDSAY SMITH JAY FULKERSON
ERIC GARTNER VINNY PETRARCA CHRIS LARSON PHIL SZOSTAK
SCOTT OGDEN ELIHU SIEGMAN and
MICHAEL SILVERMAN
BILL WADDELL ADAM SEBASTIAN
VINNY PETRARCA HUNTER COFFEY KENNETH HOBGOOD KATHERINE HOGAN
 
WILL ALPHIN ELLEN CASSILLY JOHN REESE  


Brian Shawcroft, AIA, Raleigh
July 2012





About 75 people enjoyed great food from Mitch's Tavern at architect Brian Shawcroft's amazing Raleigh home/office in West Raleigh. 


RATIO Architects, Raleigh
June 2012


Many thanks to Louis Cherry FAIA for opening up his office for this month's T4A.
Party photos by Leilani Carter.

Modernism at Risk
Durham County Library, Durham
June 2012



87 people attended George Smart's talk, Mayberry Modernism, at this
1980 library designed by Hackney Knott and Sears. 

Modernism at Risk: Modern Solutions for Saving Modern Landmarks
AIA North Carolina Center for Architecture and Design
June 2012

Modernism at Risk is an international photographic gallery that travelled the world including the Art Institute of Tampa, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, the AIA New York Center for Architecture, Lund University in Sweden, the University of Florida-Gainesville, the University of Montreal, and the University of Michigan Taubman School of Architecture.

A project of the World Monuments Fund, Modernism at Risk consisted of 27 large-scale photographs by noted photographer Andrew Moore of six Modern landmarks.  Central to the exhibit was engaging the public to care about modern buildings and to demonstrate that these buildings can continue to be economically and functionally viable.

The exhibit also included rare architectural models from the NCSU College of Design and NCSU Special Collections.  Some had not been viewable to the public in 40 years!  There was also a slideshow of destroyed and endangered NC Modernist houses.  Photos by Leilani Carter and Lesley Glascock.  About 350 people attended.

 

A project of the World Monuments Fund, Modernism at Risk consists of 27 large-scale photographs by noted photographer Andrew Moore representing five case studies exploring the role designers play in preserving Modern landmarks.  Central to the exhibit is engaging a larger public to care about modern buildings and to demonstrate that these buildings can continue to be economically and functionally viable. Read more about it here.

Exclusively for this exhibit, North Carolina State University loaned six architectural models rarely if ever seen by the public, including the Douglas Fir House, above, by George Matsumoto (destroyed); the NC Medical Society Building by Milton Small; the Kamphoefner House by Milton Small and George Matsumoto; the Fadum House by James Fitzgibbon; Harrelson Hall at NCSU by Terry Waugh (scheduled for demolition); and Raleigh City Hall, designed by Milton Small (scheduled for demolition).  Many thanks to NCSU Special Collections / Todd Kosmerick, and the NCSU College of Design / Dean Marvin Malecha.  There were also new Modernist house models on display by architecture students from the studios by Professor David Hill.

TMH had a slideshow of North Carolina houses either endangered or no longer standing, including the 1954 Catalano House, above, designed by NCSU School of Design Professor Eduardo Catalano.


 

May 2012

Live music by Peter Lamb and the Wolves, cash bar,  food for purchase, plus giveaways from the TMH archives.  About 110 people attended.  Party photos by Leilani Carter.


May 2012
Mayberry Modernism
Lappas+Havener Landscape Architects
Durham NC



Eight people from the firm attended George Smart's talk, Mayberry Modernism, at their offices.
May 2012

Mayberry Modernism
Chatham County Library, Pittsboro NC

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About 30 people attended George Smart's talk, Mayberry Modernism, at this new building designed by RATIO Architects (formerly Cherry Huffman).

April 2012



This season’s first T4A Happy Hour featured CAM's recent exhibition, Born Digital, great food and drink, entertainment from Eyes Go Lightning, an all-architect and engineer rock and roll band, and a wild game of musical Modernist chairs sponsored by Nowell's Contemporary Furniture.  Refreshments provided by ModernHomeAuctions.com.  About 120 people attended.  Photos by Leilani Carter.


The TMH Hope Valley Modernist House Tour
April 2012

Over 400 people spent a gorgeous spring Saturday afternoon in the beautiful Hope Valley neighborhood of Durham -- touring four unique homes, one brand new, one four years old, and two beautifully renovated mid-century moderns.  This was TMH's 29th house tour.  Photos by Leilani Carter.

The 2008 Monica Hunter House, designed by architect
 Bill Waddell and built by Andrew Krichman.




The 2011 Patel House, designed by architect Sanjeev Patel. 
Built by Rick Allen, Synergy Building.
 

The Coonrad/Chute Residence, a mid-century modern ranch renovated and expanded by architect Ellen Cassilly.

 


The Miriam and Henry Nicholson House, designed by architect Robert (Judge) Carr.

March 2012
Galaxy Cinema, Cary
2011-2012 Nowell's Architecture Movie Series

Johnson, the brilliant architect that he was, is at his best in this movie. Entertaining, engaging and informative, the film shows the human side of Johnson and how his extraordinary life shaped his rich architectural legacy.

He was the first winner of the Pritzker Prize, the $100,000 award established in 1979 by the Pritzker family of Chicago to honor an architect of international stature. In 1978, he won the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects, the highest award the American profession bestows on any of its members.  His private Modernist compound in New Canaan CT, known as the Glass House, is now open to the public.  Visit TMH's extensive online archive of his Modernist houses.  About 100 people attended.


March 2012
Appetite4Architecture
18 Seaboard, Raleigh

A4A dinner events are rare opportunities to enjoy easy, informal discussions in an upscale dining environment.  You will have direct access to some of the area's best residential architects and professionals.  Explore architecture, homebuilding, the economy for design, furnishings, real estate - or anything else on your mind!   There are no presentations or powerpoint slides -- just great conversations with award-winning cuisine.  20 people attended.



Featuring architects Phil Szostak and Vinny Petrarca.



"Thanks for providing a wonderful experience, the group was active and engaging in a way I've not seen at even the most intimate of affairs.  Thoughtful questions and answers sprinkled with the most insightful and humorous moments.  All around great time.  Cheers to everyone who came out, your contributions were all wonderful." -- Matt McConnell, McConnell Studios

"The salon-style setting made for some great conversation, and the very delicious dinner didn't hurt a bit! Thanks for a great evening. I enjoyed catching up with old friends and making new ones." -- Barbara Wiedemann

"One of the best A4A dinners we've attended. The food and service was, as always, excellent, but the chemistry in this group, on this particular night, was exceptional. Thanks!" -- Jerry Nowell, Nowell's Contemporary Furniture

February 2012
Mayberry Modernism
Pecha Kucha Night #10, Raleigh


About 150 people attended at The Union Bar in downtown Raleigh.


February 2012
Appetite4Architecture
18 Seaboard, Raleigh

Kenneth Hobgood

A4A dinner events are rare opportunities to enjoy easy, informal discussions in an upscale dining environment.  You will have direct access to some of the area's best residential architects and professionals.  Explore architecture, homebuilding, the economy for design, furnishings, real estate - or anything else on your mind!   There are no presentations or powerpoint slides -- just great conversations with award-winning cuisine.  20 people attended.

Featuring architects Kenneth Hobgood, Erin Sterling Lewis, and Brian Shawcroft
Sponsored by Dona Aguayo and Toni Kemble of Go Realty






"A great chance to sit and talk and visit around a table of good food!  In addition to the movies and tours, this is another wonderful way to meet new friends and see old ones who share our common love modern architecture and find out what else we have in common.  Definitely another two-thumbs up experience with TMH." ~ Kate Walker, Legacy Videography

"
What a wonderful evening! My first intention in attending the A4A dinners was to learn more about our local modernist architects, but I always end up have so much fun it doesn't feel like learning!" -- Toni Kemble

"I think I've attended at least three of the previous dinners, but last night was the most relaxed and  inclusive, probably due to Ken opening up, and your letting him roll!  Instead of just identifying who he was, and the dialogue with Brian was priceless!  It just seemed to set the tone in a really good way!  Thanks for orchestrating such a lovely evening!" -- Leilani Carter


February 2012
2011-2012 Nowell's Architecture Movie Series
Galaxy Cinema, Cary




 Zak Godshall filmed this moving documentary that studies and celebrates five solitary designer/builders from Arkansas, California, Louisiana and Mississippi. He details how and why these five men, who operate with neither funding nor blueprints, unknown to one another, dedicate their lives to creating architectural worlds drawn from the wilds of their imagination. 

“I think I was initially attracted to these guys because they are working without blueprints, without funding and really going off what they felt was intuition or inspiration,” Godshall says, “and to me that was an inspiring situation to be in.”  The young filmmaker says he learned a lot while working with these self-taught builders. “These guys really do bare their hearts in this movie. They’re very genuine, and I think it comes across, and people feel that."  About 60 people attended.

February 2012
Mayberry Modernism
Center for Design Innovation
Winston-Salem NC

February 2012
Mayberry Modernism
Fearrington Friends of the Arts
Fearrington Village, Chapel Hill


January 2012
Appetite4Architecture
18 Seaboard, Raleigh



A4A dinner events are rare opportunities to enjoy easy, informal discussions in an upscale dining environment.  You will have direct access to some of the area's best residential architects and professionals.  Explore architecture, homebuilding, the economy for design, furnishings, real estate - or anything else on your mind!   There are no presentations or powerpoint slides -- just great conversations with award-winning cuisine.  20 people attended.

Featuring architects Ellen Cassilly, Randy Lanou, and Frank Harmon
Sponsored by Dona Aguayo and Toni Kemble of Go Realty

Thank you for keeping the vision, beauty and respect of Modernist Homes alive." -- Dona Aguayo

"Last night was wonderful!  It was great to be able to talk to your featured architects in such an intimate setting...AND the food was delicious!  I really appreciated the opportunity! -- Toni Kemble

"About last night, my feedback is nothing but stellar!!  I would say the following regarding the experience:  the conversation was stimulating.  The food was delectable.  The energy was static.   All in all, it was a fun and fascinating night brimming with appreciation and excitement for modern architecture." -- Lesley Alizieri

"Appetite for Architecture - fabulous food, fabulous company, fabulous conversation..." -- Lesley Kees

 "I thoroughly enjoyed last night's dinner. The conversation was scintillating and brought together the areas' best and brightest minds who have a mutual love of modernist architecture.  So much brilliance in one place can change the world--and will. I felt as if I was attending a cozy salon of like-minded individuals---passionate about modern architecture. The inevitable cross-pollination of ideas at the table was positive and reflected the diversity of the architects and attendees as well.  I can only guess how many ideas were incubated and germinated last night. The landscape of our region will be the better for it. Everyone there was warm, gracious and lovely. I look forward to getting to know many of the attendees individually as new friends and associates were made last night. I hope to attend other events in the future and look to volunteer and assist the group in any way possible. Your vision is inspiring, and your passion as a proponent of modernist architecture is infectious." -- Lindy Shoaf


January 2012
Mayberry Modernism
ENCORE Program, McKimmon Ctr, Raleigh


George Smart spoke to about 45 people.

January 2012
How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?
Nowell's Architecture Movie Series
Galaxy Cinema, Cary


This film traces the rise of one of the world’s premier architects, Norman Foster, and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through designing projects such as the largest building in the world (Beijing Airport), the Reichstag, the Hearst Building in New York and the bridge in Millau, France.  He became the 21st Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate in 1999 and was awarded the Praemium Imperiale Award for Architecture in 2002. He has been awarded the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal for Architecture (1994), the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture (1983), and the Gold Medal of the French Academy of Architecture (1991). In 1990 he was granted a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, and in 1999 was honoured with a Life Peerage, becoming Lord Foster of Thames Bank.  About 90 people attended; 20 won door prizes!