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

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JOHN ROBERT (ROBBY) JOHNSTON IV, AIA (1980-)

Johnston was born and raised in Albemarle NC. In middle school he discovered his uncle’s collection of architectural drawings and a career was born. He attended UNC-Charlotte's College of Architecture and was selected for the inaugural Belgium study abroad program. His thesis project, a Hiker’s Refuge along the Appalachian Trail, won two awards.

Johnston began his professional career in 2003 with Michael Ross Kersting Architecture in Wilmington NC. He moved to Raleigh and worked with Tonic Design from 2005 to 2010, serving as project manager and site superintendent for projects including the Chiles Residence, the Woodbine Residence, the DA Sharpe Residence, the North Carolina Museum of Art’s ‘Art as Shelter’ Pavilion -- and the Walters Residence, recognized as the first LEED certified modern home in NC. It was the first recipient of the AIA NC COTE Award, a winner of the AIA NC Gail Lindsay Sustainability Award, and the 3rd place winner of the 2012 Matsumoto Prize.

In 2010, he worked as a project architect with Clearscapes as team leader on the Echoview Fiber Mill in Weaverville NC. This project won a 2012 AIANC Design Honor Award and COTE Award. In 2012, he co-founded The Raleigh Architecture Company and The Raleigh Construction Company with architect Craig Kerins.


2012 - aka the CC Residence/Studio Retreat, Mount Pleasant NC. Built by Charles Coggins of Custom Creations, Inc. A garage/pavilion was added, bottom photo.

2013 - The Quinn Residence, 3307 Rugby Road, Durham NC. Unbuilt.








2014 - The Robby Johnston and Ryan Johnston House, 554 East Edenton Street, Raleigh. Photos by Raymond Goodman.  Won a 2016 AIA South Atlantic award; a 2016 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance; 2015 AIA NC Honor Award; and was on the 2014 AIA Triangle Residential Tour.



 

2014 - The An and Elizabeth Nguyen Remodel and Master Suite Addition, 607 Estes Drive, Chapel Hill NC.



2012 - The Saucier-Dasgupta House, 556 East Edenton Street, Raleigh.  Winner of second place in the 2014 George Matsumoto Prize, People's Choice category.  Won a 2016 AIA South Atlantic award; a 2016 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance; 2015 AIA NC Honor Award; and was on the 2014 AIA Triangle Residential Tour.





2014 - The Ethan R. Floyd House,
558 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh. Top photo by Todd Hancock.  Won a 2016 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance.







2014 - The John R. and Joy Powers, Jr. House, 567 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh. Top photo by Todd Hancock.  Won a 2016 AIANC Merit Award; a 2016 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance.







2015 - The Edith Jeffreys Residence,
1701 Pershing Road, Raleigh. Commissioned 2013. Unbuilt. 






2015 - The Malav and Vaishali Patel Renovation, 1222 Filmore Street, Raleigh. Original house, bottom photo.


2017 - The Martha Parks Residence, 5809 Contour Drive, Raleigh.



2017 - The Susan Lafera and James Wilson House, 4709 Cypress Ford Drive, Fuquay-Varina NC.




2017 - The Johnny Chappell and Ryan Smith House, Horne Street, Raleigh.

2017 - The Ray Carroll and Grady Helms Residence, 1207 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh.


2017 - The Swain Street Renovation, Swain Street, Raleigh.



2017 - The Anne Douty and David Kapella Residence, 2400 East Franklin Street, Richmond VA.


2017 - The Tarboro Residence, 121 South Tarboro Street, Raleigh.


2017 - aka Durham Modern, several houses in Durham.

Sources include: Robby Johnston, Craig Kerins.