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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 for the Chiles Residence, the Woodbine Residence, the Sharpe Residence, the North Carolina Museum of Art’s ‘Art as Shelter’ Pavilion -- and the Walters (GREENville) Residence, recognized as the first LEED certified modern home in NC.

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.


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2012 - aka the CC Residence/Studio Retreat, Mount Pleasant NC. Designed with Craig Kerins. Built by Charles Coggins of Custom Creations, Inc. A garage/pavilion was added around 2018, bottom photo.

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2013 - The Quinn Residence, 3307 Rugby Road, Durham NC. Unbuilt. Designed with Craig Kerins.


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2014 - The Robby Johnston and Ryan Johnston House, aka one half of Edentwin, 554 East Edenton Street, Raleigh. Designed with Craig Kerins. Photos by Raymond Goodman.  Won a 2016 AIA South Atlantic award; 2016 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance; 2015 AIA NC Honor Award; 2019 AIA Triangle Award.
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2012 - The Roxanne Saucier and Nabarun Dasgupta House, aka one half of Edentwin, 556 East Edenton Street, Raleigh. Designed with Craig Kerins. Winner of 2nd 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 AIANC Honor Award; 2019 AIA Triangle Award.

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

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

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

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2015 - The Edith Jeffreys Residence, 1701 Pershing Road, Raleigh. Commissioned 2013. Unbuilt. Designed with Craig Kerins.

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2015 - The Mary Cabin, an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) in the Montford area of Asheville NC. Commissioned 2013. Unbuilt.  Designed with Craig Kerins.
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2015 - The Malav and Vaishali Patel Renovation, 1222 Filmore Street, Raleigh. Designed with Craig Kerins. Original house, bottom photo.




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







2017 - The Ray Carroll and Grady Helms Residence, 1207 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh.  Designed with Craig Kerins Photos by Keith Isaacs.  


2017 - The Swain Street Renovation, Swain Street, Raleigh. Designed with Craig Kerins.



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




2017 - The Phillip and Heather M. Samartino House, aka the Tarboro Residence, 121 South Tarboro Street, Raleigh. Designed with Craig Kerins.  Photos by Keith Isaacs.








2018 - The Martha Parks Residence, 5809 Contour Drive, Raleigh. Designed with Craig Kerins. Photos by Keith Isaacs. Won a 2018 AIANC Merit Award.




2018 - The Johnny Chappell and Ryan Smith House, 305 Horne Street, Raleigh.  Designed with Craig Kerins. Won a 2018 AIANC Merit Award. Photo by Keith Isaacs.




2018 - The Jimmy Xu and XinXin Wang House, 800 Glendale Street, Durham NC. Part of the Pleiades development created by Vickers Ventures LLC Houses/Stuart Cullinan. Designed with Craig Kerins


2018 - The Amy Unell House, 802 Glendale Street, Durham NC. Part of the Pleiades development created by Vickers Ventures LLC Houses/Stuart Cullinan. Designed with Craig Kerins.  Photo by Keith Isaacs.


2018 - The Billy Lan House, 804 Glendale Street, Durham NC. Part of the Pleiades development created by Vickers Ventures LLC Houses/Stuart Cullinan. Designed with Craig Kerins. Photo by Keith Isaacs.


2018 - The Howard and Sarah Francis House, 806 Glendale Street, Durham NC. Part of the Pleiades development created by Vickers Ventures LLC Houses/Stuart Cullinan. Designed with Craig Kerins.
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2019 - 809 Mangum, Durham NC. Part of the Pleiades development created by Vickers Ventures LLC Houses/Stuart Cullinan. Designed with Craig Kerins.
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2019 - 811 Mangum, Durham NC. Part of the Pleiades development created by Vickers Ventures LLC Houses/Stuart Cullinan. Designed with Craig Kerins.
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2019 - 813 Mangum, Durham NC. Part of the Pleiades development created by Vickers Ventures LLC Houses/Stuart Cullinan. Designed with Craig Kerins.
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2019 - 815 Mangum, Durham NC. Part of the Pleiades development created by Vickers Ventures LLC Houses/Stuart Cullinan. Designed with Craig Kerins.
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2019 - 808 Glendale, Durham NC. Part of the Pleiades development created by Vickers Ventures LLC Houses/Stuart Cullinan. Designed with Craig Kerins.



2019 - The South Street Condos, South Street, Raleigh. Designed with Craig Kerins.



2019 - The Fairweather Condos, Lenoir and West Streets, Raleigh NC. Designed with Craig Kerins.
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2019 - The Clark Condos, Clark Avenue, Raleigh.  Designed with Craig Kerins.

Sources include: Robby Johnston, Craig Kerins.