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Architecture awards presented

Friday, October 10, 2014  
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By Sharon Roberts, Meck Times editor

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At The Mecklenburg Times’ inaugural “Future Charlotte” breakfast Wednesday Oct. 8, awards were given out to architects who submitted designs for a modern “Charlotte-style” house in response to “Reframing Charlotte: An Architectural Challenge.”

Earlier this year, we invited architects to draw on the city’s culture, history, geography, climate and natural resources to design a uniquely Charlotte home, and to tell us why they made the design choices they did. We partnered with the American Institute of Architects’ Charlotte chapter, with the help of President Cathy Morrison, in designing the challenge.

We also assembled a juryof people involved in residential development to assess the works. They included Debra Campbell, Charlotte’s assistant city manager; architect Steve Johnson, president of AIA’s Greensboro chapter; architect Roger Layman of Roger Layman Architecture; interior designer Carol Hall of Jenkins Peer Architects; Matt Ewers, general contractor of Grandfather Homes; and Jim Gross, a former architect and a developer and Realtor with HM Properties.

The jury’s awards were:

*Merit Award: Southern Yellow Pine; Rick Kazebee of Kazebee Design and Jim  Kirby of GreenTHINC

*Merit Award: A Charlotte House; Josh Allison of Josh Allison Architecture

*Honorable Mention: Lemonade House; Ray Sheedy of Sheedy Watts Design

*Best Overall: Our Vernacular; Bryan Mermans, Jenkins Peer Architects


In addition, we invited readers to visit our website, where we displayed the designs in detail, and choose their favorite. The top vote getter was Queen Sophia’s Victorian by Michael Kazak, formerly of FreemanWhite and currently with Urban Architectural Group.


The Mecklenburg Times will feature these designs in a display in Tuesday’s (Oct. 14, 21014) paper.

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