Local architecture firm wins state awards

Press release from The American Institute of Architects North Carolina:

The American Institute of Architects North Carolina (AIA NC) Chapter has announced the winners of their inaugural Residential Design Awards Program. 2013 AIA NC Chapter President, Roger Leeson, AIA declared this year the Year of the Residential Architect with the intent of introducing the public to the broad array of residential design and services architects can offer to home owners.

Local Asheville firm, Carlton Architecture + DesignBuild, received the prestigious AIA NC Honor Awards for projects “Nethermead Residence” and “Highland View Residence.” Honor Awards are the highest award given by AIA NC for design projects. Carlton Architecture is an assemblage of talented professionals of complimentary skills and great ambition. In looking to the future they see a built environment shaped by a keen understanding of the past with a vision toward creating innovative, fresh and timeless forms. In cultivating an ideology of impeccable craftsmanship, great attention to detail and sound environmental principles, they ensure a legacy of quality to be enjoyed for generations.

The Nethermead House blurs the line between indoor and outdoor living. The core spaces: dining, living, and kitchen are housed under the broad, exposed-frame pavilion roof, along with the outdoor kitchen and porch. The almost seamless transition between the interior rooms and exterior spaces draws the outdoors inside and contributes to a sense of living within the forest. Upon entering the home you are greeted by the warm glow of clear-finished cypress walls and rich walnut-stained floors.

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Highland View Residence lies along the southern edge of a hillside overlooking a mountain lake and expansive views beyond. The design of the home sought to sensitively root and connect it to its place, enhancing the owners’ ability to experience all aspects of the land and the home together. To achieve this, the home was composed in forms that broke down the overall volume and allowed a nuanced response to the landscape. Directed views and outdoor living areas are shaped by the building composition, further enhancing the experience of place.

Award winners were announced at the Design Awards Ceremony in Wilmington, NC on September 14, 2013. In total, there were 10 Residential Design Awards given to a diverse range of architects and architecture. These awards showcase work across the state that is varied in style, price, and technique. Residential Design Awards Jury Chair Jane Frederick, FAIA, noted, “These projects show the value of hiring an architect, each one using an attention to details and materials to cater to the clients’ needs and requests.” Architects can be essential in home building projects; advocating for the owner to ensure that the design meets all of the clients’ needs while remaining within budget.

Other winners included firms such as Szostak Design, Liquid Design, Bizios Architect, and CannonArchitects All submissions into this awards program will go on display at the AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design in downtown Raleigh beginning in November. The public is invited to come and explore the residential designs that NC architects have created. Winning projects can be viewed online at www.aianc.org. Images and more information may be requested by contacting Keri Dixon (kdixon@aianc.org, 919-833-6656).


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