||A North Carolina 501C3 Educational Nonprofit Archive Documenting, Preserving, and Promoting Residential Modernist Architecture
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RANDALL (RANDY) S. LANOU (1965-)
Randy Lanou grew up in Santa Cruz CA. He earned a BFA in Industrial Arts from the University of lllinois Chicago then moved to Raleigh to earn a MA in Architecture from the NCSU College of Design. Lanou is an owner of BuildSense, a construction firm, and Studio B Architecture, which changed its name to BuildSense Architecture in 2013.
Lanou teaches at the NCSU College of Design. He led student teams to first place finishes in the 2006 and 2007 NC Sustainable Building Design Competition.
2002 - The Barbara Lee Smith Guest House/Studio, 197 Raft Island Drive, Gig Harbor WA. See Smith House, below.
2005 - The David Shamlin House, 1804 Sunset Avenue, Durham. This was the first Green Building Initiative certified house in NC. Filmed for HGTV’s “Beyond the Box." 2021 square feet. Won a 2009 AIA Triangle Merit Award. Was a News and Observer Home of the Month May 2010. Sold in 2015 to Allison and Robert Koncelik.
2007 - The Scott and Vikki Metheny Residence, aka The Wedge, 100 Flamingo Road, Durham. Co-designer, Nick Owings. 1894 square feet. Contains three factory-built modules. The shed roof, the large living space between the modules, and the big porches were constructed onsite.
2008 - The Tucker and Katie Bartlett Addition, 705 Cobb Street, Durham. Co-designer, Frank Jackson.
2009 - aka The Goodnight Mary-Ellen House, in Schuyler VA, a town famous as the homeplace of The Waltons, a 1970's family TV show about life during the Depression. The nickname of the house is one of the well-known lines at each episode's conclusion. Unbuilt.
2009 - The Mel and Barbara Smith House, aka Northwestern Retreat, 197 Raft Island Drive, Gig Harbor WA. The existing 1968 house was demolished down to the foundation. A studio was added in 2002. Sold in 2016 to Don Rees.
2010 - House, 1646 square feet. Unbuilt. Location unknown.
2016 - The Keith and Suerissa Blecher House, aka The Wedge, 3240 Pickett Road, Durham. Under construction as of May 2016.
Sources include: Randy Lanou, Arthur Zuco, Erik Mehlman, Megan Patnaik.