NC Architecture and Design Resources

In March 2019, Our State Magazine featured 60 pages on NCModernist houses:

The Marvelous Mr. Modern: George Smart set out to save a historic, but often overlooked, architectural style in North Carolina. He's rallied folks to the cause of Mayberry Modernism.
The Four Elements of a Modern Home: An acclaimed North Carolina architect picks four homes whose distinctive features — from sleek rooflines to dramatic windows — illustrate the mid-century modern aesthetic.
The Warmth of Glass & Stone: Growing up in a modernist masterpiece taught two sisters that a house is far more than a home — it's a feeling.
The Ranch Revival: In Charlotte, a broker and a home designer have come up with a new twist on a classic design. It doesn't fit in with today's trends. And that's the point.
The Urban Loft: For architect Adam Sebastian, a childhood spent building forts and tree houses in Forsyth County honed the design skills that he used to create a home high above the treetops.
The Farmhouse: A menagerie of animals — along with their human keepers — delight in a beautifully and sustainably designed life on the farm.
The Beach House: Maritime relics, nautical touches, and an utterly modern design merge in an island home that's both historic and contemporary.
The Mountain Retreat: Three retired friends from Chicago threw caution to the mountain wind and built a sleek and sophisticated home for two households.
Blueprint For A Movement: A tenacious architect with a lofty goal turned North Carolina State University into a powerhouse of modernist design.

Built Environment North Carolina Modernist Houses Collection Materials donated by NCMH to the NC State University Libraries Special Collections Research Center
NC Buildings on the National Register of Historic Places
NCModernist Pioneering NC Black Architects through 1970
NCModernist Pioneering NC Women Architects through 1970
NCModernist What I've Learned: Insightful observations on life and design from North Carolina architects and designers
Incomplete 1984-2013 architecture awards, including AIANC, Spectator, AIA Triangle, and South Atlantic Regional AIA
NC General Statutes on Architects and Architecture: what's allowed in the profession and what's not
Preservation North Carolina Booklet on Preservation Tax Credits (2014)

2018 Raleigh Modern Commercial Architecture Survey 1945-1975
2016 Historic Coker Hills in Chapel Hill NC by Jill Blackburn. Buy print copy.
2016 Oakwood: Cherry/Gordon vs. Wiesners NC Court of Appeals Ruling
2014 Oakwood: Cherry/Gordon vs. Wiesners Superior Court Ruling
2014 Oakwood: Oak City Preservation Alliance pamphlet
2013 Sweet Homes Coloring Book
2013 Durham Magazine article on George Smart
2012 Mail-Order Modern: Supermarket Magazines, Vacation Cabins, and Modular Measure in the 1950s by David Hill
2011 Charlotte Observer "NCModernist saves a Charlotte house" by AG Odell
2011 2011 RPPN article on NCModernist's Pioneering Black Architects in North Carolina
2010 2010 RPPN article on George Smart and Mayberry Modernism
2010 Forsyth County South Suburban Area Plan Draft
2009 Greensboro Historic Resources Survey, 1940-1970
2009 Raleigh Historic Districts Commission on Modernism
2009 Forsyth County Phase III Survey Report by Fearnbach History Services, Inc
2009 Fayetteville Modern Architecture Survey Report by MdM Historical Consultants
2008 Fayetteville Street Historic District (Raleigh) Study by MdM Historical Consultants
2008 Forsyth County Phase II Report by Fearnbach History Services, Inc
2007 AIA North Carolina Design Award winners, 1955-2007
2006 The Development of Modernism in Raleigh, 1945-1965 by M. Ruth Little
1998 Guide Map to 20th Century Architecture in Raleigh. Page one and two
1994 Early Modern Architecture in Raleigh Associated with NCSU Faculty by David Black
1992 NCSU School of Design Prospectus
1992 Raleigh Comprehensive Architectural Survey Final Report by Helen Patricia Ross
1991 NCSU School of Design Studios
1978 Cora Rice's Carolina Cook Book
1978 An Architectural and Historical Inventory of Raleigh
1978 Architectural Guide Winston-Salem Forsyth County
NC Public Schools of Interest reports: 1971; 1975; 1977; 1978; 1981; 1986; 1990; 1993
1970 NCSU School of Design Curriculum
1968 NCSU School of Design Curriculum
1965 North Carolina State Capital Plan, a visionary effort that sadly did not come to fruition
1960s Brochure from Ezra Meir, structural engineer and former owner of the Catalano House
1956 Guide for Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh by the AIA Regional Conference for the South Atlantic District

1950 Durham City Directory
1960 Durham City Directory


2007 School of Design: The Kamphoefner Years, 1948-1973 by Roger Clark
1998 History of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 1913-1998 by C. David Jackson and Charlotte V. Brown
1990 Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice Of Building by Catherine Bishir, Charlotte Brown, Carl Lounsbury, and Ernest Wood III
1984 John Erwin Ramsay FAIA: Portrait of an Architect by Juanita Bouser Teschner
1960 The South Builds: New Architecture in the Old South by Terry Waugh and Elizabeth Waugh, with advisor Henry Kamphoefner
1960s Second Homes for Leisure Living by Douglas Fir Plywood Association
1954 Quality Budget Houses: A Treasury of 100 Architect-Designed Houses from $5,000 to $20,000 by Katherine Morrow Ford and Thomas Creighton
1954 A Treasury of Contemporary Houses by Architectural Record
1952 Living Spaces by George Nelson
1951 The American House Today by Katherine Morrow Ford
1950s Mid-Century Houses: With Technical Design Data and Details by Architectural Record
1946 If You Want to Build a House by Elizabeth B. Mock
1945 Tomorrow's House: A Complete Guide for the Home-Builder by George Nelson and Henry Wright
1940 The Modern House in America by James Ford and Katherine Morrow Ford
1940s Houses by Coffey by John W. Coffey and Son (features houses in the Five Points area of Raleigh NC)


NC Design Interviews * = deceased

2021 Fred Taylor / 2018 *Bob Miller / 2017 *Gene Watts Jones / 2017 *Gil Slack / 2013 *Jean Middleton / 2012 Raymond Neutra / 2011 *Haigh Jamgochian / 2011 Frank Harmon and *Lewis Clarke / 2011 *Betty Silver Howison / For many more, see individual architect archives

Media Archives

A classic:  2007 WPTF-AM, The Bob Langford Show, featuring George Smart and Vinny Petrarca.  Part one, two, three, four.

2018 WRAL Tarheel Traveler
2015 WPTF Steven Clipp
2014 WUNC-TV North Carolina Now
2014 WPTF Steve Clipp
2013 NCModernist Legacy Award from AIA North Carolina
2013 WPTF Steve Clipp
2012 WFAE Dion Neutra and George Smart discuss Modernist architecture

2012 Mayberry Modernism at Raleigh Pecha Kucha 12

NCModernist 2011 WUNC Frank Stasio talks with architects John Reese and Jon Zelwegger at 91.5 WUNC Radio.
NCModernist 2010 AIANC Center for Architecture and Design Groundbreaking by David Crawford.
NCModernist 2010 WFAE Charlotte Talks: Mid-Century Moderns
NCModernist 2010 George Smart speaks on Mayberry Modernism at Raleigh's Urban Design Center.
NCModernist 2010 George Smart interviews Jan Scruggs of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
NCModernist 2010 Mayberry Modernism at Ignite 2.0 in Raleigh.
NCModernist 2009 The AIA Triangle Diversity Committee showcases Four Architects.
NCModernist 2009 George Smart on the Larry Lane Show.
NCModernist 2009 NCModernist wins a City of Raleigh Sir Walter Raleigh Award.
NCModernist 2009 NCModernist/NCSU 60 Years of Triangle Modernist Architecture
NCModernist 2009 All About Preservation Easements by Preservation North Carolina.
NCModernist 2009 George Smart reveals Raleigh's biggest secret.
NCModernist 2009 WUNC Radio The State of Things. George Smart, 60th Anniversary of the NCSU College of Design.
NCModernist 2009 Past AIANC Award Videos.
NCModernist 2009 NCModernist Tour of Cassilhaus designed by Ellen Cassilly.
NCModernist 2006 Modernism Overview by the Charlotte Historic Landmarks Commission.
NCModernist 1966 Ann Seltman's 1960s documentary "A is for Architecture."
NCModernist 1950s Five Houses from Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Steve Clipp Show:  Chapel Hill architect Steven Clipp had an architecture radio show on the internet, later on WPTF.

NC Databases and Digital Collections

Digital NC: online library of primary sources from institutions across North Carolina
Digital NC Newspaper Archives
AIA Historical Directory of American Architects, 1956, 1962, 1970
NCSU's Special Collections Architecture and Design Archives
NCSU: everything Wolfpack, from yearbooks to faculty profiles
NCSU's North Carolina Architects & Builders: (only those who have died)
NCSU's Built Heritage Digital Collection
NCSU's Design Digital Collection
NCSU's Architecture Digital Collection
NCSU's Design Library Image Collection
Search all the NCSU, UNC, and Duke libraries



NC Architecture magazine, published by AIA North Carolina. Earlier titles included Southern Architect, North Carolina Architect, and Architext.


Metro Magazine was a monthly full-color city/regional publication founded and published by Bernie Reeves in Raleigh NC. In addition to opinion, politics, arts, and entertainment, Metro Magazine had the area's best regular architecture and design coverage, following the pattern of Reeves' earlier publications, Spectator and Triangle Business Journal. Publication ceased in 2013.

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Designlife, formerly called Design Influence and College of Design News, is the magazine for the NC State University College of Design, formerly called the School of Design:

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The NCSU Student Publication of the School of Design was established to honor the memory of Matthew Nowicki, the first head of the architecture program under Henry Kamphoefner at NC State University's School of Design. The publications quickly grew to encompass all of the school's design disciplines, not just architecture. Between 1950 and 1985, there were 58 issues.

Volume 1: Issue 2 (1951) Issue 3 (Fall 1952)
Volume 2: Issue 1 (1952) Issue 2 (Winter 1952) Issue 3 (Spring 1952)
Volume 3: Issue 2 (Winter 1953) Issue 3 (Spring 1953)
Volume 4: Issue 1 (Fall 1953) Issue 2 (Winter 1954) Issue 3 (October 1954)
Volume 5: Issue 1 (1955) Issue 2 (Spring 1955) Issue 3 (Spring 1956)
Volume 6: Issue 1 (1956) Issue 2 (1956) Issue 3 (May 1957)
Volume 7: Issue 1 (June 1957) Issue 2 (July 1957) Issue 3 (Winter 1957)
Volume 8: Issue 1 (Spring 1958) Issue 2 (Summer 1958) Issue 3 (January 1959)
Volume 9: Issue 1 (June 1959) Issue 2 (1960)
Volume 10: Issue 1 (1960) Issue 2 (Spring 1961)
Volume 11: Issue 1 (1962) Issue 2 (Winter 1962-1963)
Volume 12: Issue 1 (1963) Issue 2 (Winter 1963-1964)
Volume 13: Issue 1 (Spring 1963) Issue 2 (1963)
Volume 14: Issue 1 (1964) Issue 2 (1964) Issue 3 (1964) Issue 4 (1964) Issue 5 (1965)
Volume 15: Issue 2
Volume 17: Issue 1 (Winter 1967) Issue 2 (1970)
Volume 18: Response to Environment (1969)
Volume 19: Issue 1 (1970) Issue 2 (1970)
Volume 20: Issue 2 (1971)
Volume 21: Issue 1 (1972) Issue 2 (1972)
Volume 23: Designing the Method (1974) Addendum
Volume 25: Projections (1977)
Volume 27: Great Models (1978)
Volume 28: An Analysis of Precedent (1979)
Volume 29: Urban Design in Action (1985)
Volume 30: Continuum (2003)
Volume 31: Relevance (Fall 2004)
Volume 32: New Futurism (2007)
Index (1951-1971)

The Knock Knock: North Carolina's Most Unusual Houses series was a collaborative effort between the News and Observer and NCModernst to spotlight North Carolina Modernist residential architecture. Knock Knock first ran in the Durham Herald-Sun. Coordinated by Kim Weiss.

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The Home of the Month series was a collaborative effort between the News and Observer (Raleigh NC) and the NC State University's College of Design's Home Environments Design Initiative administered by Georgia Bizios. The series ended in December 2010. No issues Dec 2008, Dec 2009, Jul 2010, or Nov 2010.

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