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ARIELLE CONDORET SCHECHTER (1959-)
Born in Algeria, Schechter moved to Chapel Hill in 1962. "I was a cubist ever since I was a little girl," she says, and remembers admiring Picasso and Martha Graham from an early age. After graduating from the NC School of the Arts, she attended the Juilliard School of Music playing the bassoon.
Next came the NCSU School of Design where she studied with Frank Harmon and Harwell Harris. Her nickname at NCSU was "Modie" for her ardent devotion to Modernism, even in the face of much more popular post-Modernism. Graduating in 1987, she worked for her dad, noted Chapel Hill architect Jon Condoret, until the mid-1990's when she became principal of her own firm. In 2014 she launched a new series of small house designs called Micropolis.
She designed Micropolis Houses®, a collection of Modern “tiny home” plans that range from 150 to 1500 square feet, customizable for specific buyers' needs and preferences.
1999 - The Arielle and Arnie Schechter Residence, aka Stillhouse Bluff Residence, 440 Bayberry Drive, Chapel Hill. Sits 220 feet above their custom iron butterfly mailbox. Located on ten acres at one of the highest points in Orange County, the view, even on an overcast day, goes all the way to downtown Durham. With a poured concrete foundation and steel beam construction, every window has a great view. The master bathroom is more of an amusement park, with two built-in closets, two facing sinks, a crazy cool circular shower, and a hot tub with a 270-degree view of the stunning vista. 3500 sf on the main floor, 4300 total, plus the two-car garage. She has offices off the garage. As of 2016 still owned by the Schechters.
2014 - The Pamela and Arron Fleischauer Residence, 180 Windflower, Pittsboro NC. 1790 sf. Traditional farmhouse built by Anchorage Building Company. Designed to PassivHaus standards. Part of the 2014 Green Home Tour.
2014 - The Phil and Velma Helfaer House, aka Happy Meadows, aka Courtyard House, 100 Lassiter Road, Pittsboro NC. Built by NewPhire Building Company. Commissioned 2013. Part of the 2014 and 2015 Green Home Tour.
2015 - The Kevin Murphy House, aka Murphy-Dunn House, Carrboro NC. Built by NewPhire Building Company. 4.3 acres. Netzero design.
2016 - The Peter and Tanya Fontaine House, aka Modern Farmhouse, Highland Farm Road, Cedar Grove NC. Commissioned 2014. Built by NewPhire Building Company. Designed to PassivHaus standards.
2017 - aka the Professor's House, Chapel Hill NC. 1059 square feet. Built by Ted Sanford of Immaculate Construction.
2016 - The Michael Lamvik and Freya Kamel Renovation, 2722 Circle Drive, Durham. Photos by Iman Woods.
Sources include: Arielle Schechter, NewPhire Building, Kim Weiss, Anchorage Building Company.