We had a wonderful April! We have started the design of several new projects and have been visiting others under construction across the state. We have also been nominated for "Best Architect in Wake County" by the readers of INDY Week. Please take a second to vote for for your favorite businesses in numerous categories here!
AIA Memphis and The University of Arkansas
Erin spent an amazing weekend in Memphis presenting the AIA Memphis design awards as jury chair. Other jury members were Ellen Weinstein, Phil Szostak, and Bob Thomas. The awards gala was an opportunity to celebrate great work, and Erin had a wonderful time meeting dozens of impassioned architects who practice in a city flush with history and culture! In May, Matt will travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas to be on final architecture reviews at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design and the University of Arkansas Community Design Center. The trip is a homecoming for Matt, who taught at the school for several years, and interned with Marlon Blackwell Architects. He is excited to see their recent work and catch up with friends and colleagues at the school, Modus Studio, and around town!
Construction is underway on the Ocotea project! The design revitalizes a mid-century home to a handsome, modern residence through significant updates that include rebuilding the master suite, reorganizing public spaces, and reappropriating a less-than-faithful addition into a carport. We owe big thanks to Kemp Harris, Inc. for helping restore this home to its former glory and to Joey and Chris, our clients, who have been a pleasure to work with and are committed to making the house special.
We are thrilled to be working on a new house project near downtown Raleigh! The house, designed for two European expatriates and their two daughters, is on a sloped site in a first ring suburb west of the city. The program includes a basement garage, a ground-floor guest wing, broad public spaces that open entirely to the rear yard, and a large, rooftop, garden deck that overlooks a reflecting pool. The house steps back from the street to mitigate scale compared to neighboring houses, and openings are carefully located and formed to admit light and maintain privacy. Stay tuned for updates!
Song of the Month: "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore" by Prince
We have been remembering and celebrating Prince over the past week and offer his "How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?" as our Song of the Month. The piano-backed song stands out in Prince’s remarkable catalogue for its raw, under-produced quality. Spared down, the song highlights Prince's vocal range and instrumentation. Without a powerhouse band behind him, Prince delivers an emotional, bluesy ballad that sways between wrecked and cool. Check it out on his 1993 compilation The Hits/The B-Sides.
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