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Phil Szostak grew in up in Greensboro. He graduated from the NCSU School of Design in 1975 and has taught a graduate studio there intermittently since 1976. He also interned with Harry Wolf.  After working for Arthur Cogswell for a few years, he opened Philip Szostak Associates in 1980. In 1990, he became NC Principal for NBBJ, America's second largest architectural practice at the time. After 12 years he left NBBJ to re-open his own firm, Szostak Design.

In February 2003 he was curator for The North Carolina School: The Art of Architecture at Duke's Nasher Museum of Art, an exhibition of the works by graduates and faculty of the NCSU School of Design over the last 50 years. Cited by as “ a timely and beautifully rendered reminder of North Carolinas enduring tradition of modern architecture and the architects who design it," the exhibit featured architectural models, free-hand sketches, pastels, graphics and watercolors by 21 practicing North Carolina architects.

Szostak is known for many buildings including the WRAL-TV addition and the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). He founded the Triangle Architecture Design Society (TADS), an informal group of noted area architects who judged the 2014-2017 NCMH Project BauHow competitions.  He won the AIANC F. Carter Williams Prize in 2018.

2014 NCMH Interview

 2008 Szostak on the New American Home Project, 12 Modernist houses in Raleigh on Trailwood Drive, a noble Modernist neighborhood that did not get built.

1977 - The Robert and Patrice Pilz House, 1216 Onslow Road, Raleigh. During construction, the clients were transferred by their employer and never moved in. Szostak rented it from them for a few years. Sold in 1979 to Russell and Brenda Combs. Sold in 1997 to architect Marjorie Acker and Debra Haraway. Deeded in 2001 to Marjorie Acker.

1985 - The Julius Verwoerdt House, aka The Stables, Bill Poole Road, Rougemont NC. Built by Cleora-Sterling of Chapel Hill. Traditional design for which Szostak later did an addition. Has been sold. 

1986 - The Gables, 620 MLK Boulevard (formerly Airport Road), Chapel Hill. 16 condos.

1990 - The Phillip Szostak and George Horton III House, 216 Chesley Lane, Chapel Hill. Sold to Melvin and Glenene Harris in 1993. Sold in 1999 to Jerry Finkel and Annette Swanstrom. Sold in 2008 to Ping Fu and Herbert Edelsbrunner.

2003 - The Joseph Rowand Residence, aka Fairmount, 4600 Old NC Highway 86, between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough. Built by Chuck Lewis Construction. Landscape design by Dick Bell. After years on the market, sold in 2014 to Robbin Gourley and Jeffrey Stern. Photos by Jim Sink.

2004 - The Marvin and Marilyn Genzer Residence, 245 Stony Branch Trail, Chapel Hill.


2005 - The Gregory Bingham House, 125 Glen Ridge Drive, Chapel Hill. Sold in 2015 to V. S. Deepak.

2006 - The Phil and Rhonda Szostak House, aka the New Southern House, aka the Metro house, 1222 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill. Commissioned 2003. 3.2 acres. 5052 sf. Larger photos by Casey Laborde. Sold in 2010 to Frank and Renee Floyd. Sold in 2013 to Carlos Velez and W. Kent Davis.

2008 - The Robert and Beth Rosenthal Addition, 9908 Cape Scott Court, Raleigh.

 2012 - The James and Anita Brame House, 3311 Avon Road, Durham. Built by Aiello Builders on half the site of an older house, bottom photo.

2012 - The Paul Snow and Meredith Sause House, aka Downtown House, 414 Yates Motor Company Alley, Chapel Hill. Project architect, Katie Dyer. Built by Allen Knight. Won an AIA Triangle Award in 2013. Won an AIANC Merit Award in 2013.

2012 - 220 Chesley Lane, Chapel Hill. However, the owners did not build to Szostak's plan. Built by Loyd Builders LLC.

2013 - Dogwood Road, Chapel Hill. Needs verification. 

2013 - The Amrita and Deb Ashish Bhowmick House, aka the Ravine Residence, 550 Chase Park Drive
, Chapel Hill NC.  Built by Szostak Build, Inc. The structural engineer was Structural Visions.

 2014 - The Thomas (Tom) and Jennifer Hahn House, aka House in Trillium Forest, aka Trillium House, 4253 Kingfisher Lane, Durham. Located in Orange County.  Won an AIANC Merit Award.  Bottom two photos by Daniel Perrin.

 2015 - The Walter and Gerda Hanek House, aka the Audi House, 2024 Starterwood Lane, Hillsborough NC. Commissioned 2010. Initial construction by Spyglass Building Company. Tonic Construction took over as builder in early 2014 and completed the house in 2015.




 2014 - aka the Durham City Residence, Pinecrest Road, Durham. Unbuilt.

 2014 - The Nancy Usher Williams Renovation, aka Erwin Road Residence 1, 102 Blue Dog Lane, Durham. Original house built in 1982. Project architect, Katie Dyer.  Photos by Duffy Healey.

2014 - The Virginia and John Kline Residence, aka Erwin Road Residence 2, 108 Blue Dog Lane, Durham. Built by Aiello Builders. Photo by Duffy Healey.

2014 - aka Spec House, Homestead Road, Chapel Hill.  Three bedrooms. Unbuilt.

2015 - The Nita Farahany and Thede Loder House, 1544 Hermitage Court, Durham. Formerly the site of a house by architect Robert Carr. Designed and built by Szostak.

2016 - House on Blue Dog Lane, Durham NC.  Unbuilt.

2016 - The Nirhala Ramamujam and Sivakumar (Jai) Jaikumar House, aka the Duckpond Trail House, 4008 Duck Pond Trail, Chapel Hill NC.  Won a 2016 AIANC Merit Award.

2016 - The Brad and Michelle Brinegar House, 3610 Hathaway Road, Durham NC.  Photos by Jim Sink.  Won a 2017 AIANC Merit Award.


2017 - The Elisabeth and Philip Benfey House, 702 Old School Road, Chapel Hill. On the site of one of George Matsumoto’s largest houses, destroyed in 2013.


2018 - The Spunaugle House, Lot 17 Tumbling Brook Lane, Hillsborough NC.  Unbuilt.


2018 - The Yogin Patel and Deepti Gupta House, 114 Glendale Drive, Chapel Hill.  Built by Bold Construction.  Photos by Jim Sink.

2019 - The Szostak Condos, 802 Washington Street, Durham.  Six floors, four units.

2019 - Another house on Glendale Drive, Chapel Hill.

2019 - House on Hope Valley Golf Course, Durham.

2019 - The Cynthia Eckert House, aka the Pinkink LLC House, 302 Hawthorne Road, Raleigh.

Sources include: Phil Szostak, Diane Lea,News and Observer Home of the Month February 2007.