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 on some projects with her Dad, noted Chapel Hill architect Jon Condoret, until the mid-1990s when she became principal of her own firm. In 2014 she launched a new series of small house designs called Micropolis Houses®, a collection of customizable Modernist homes from 150 to 1500 sf. Hangin' Out with HHH, Audie's remembrances of her professor, Harwell Hamilton Harris. Photo at left, above, by her father, architect Jon Condoret. She has been featured in: Green Building and Design, Atomic Ranch, Residential Design, Inhabitat, Chapel Hill Magazine, Residential Design, Architects and Artisans, Chatham Magazine, and Archello.com.
2020 NC State Lecture
2024 - House in Hillsborough NC.
2023 - The Satish Reddy and Ping Yu House, aka Greenwood, 895 Stagecoach Road, Chapel Hill NC.
2022 - The PJ Miller and Katie McWeeney House, aka Miller-Mac House, Arborcrest Way, Swannanoa NC.
2021 - The Ken Lerner and Sharon Campbell House, aka Lerner-Campbell, 4712 Ganesh Place, Durham NC.
2021 - aka Rougemont Farmstead, Rougemont NC. Built by Newphire. Photo by Tzu Chen.
2021 - The Rachel Adcock and Kevin Slep House, Chapel Hill. Unbuilt.
2021 - The Mike Wolfe House, aka Tadpole House, aka Breeze House, 1830 Coyote Lane, Hillsborough NC. A Micropolis house, 900 sf. Photos by Arielle Schechter.
2020 - The Dori and Hemanth Baboolal House, 755 Bowden Road, Chapel Hill NC. Built by Newphire.
2019 - The Sue Gouchoe and Michael Hanas House, aka American Cabin, aka Modern Cabin, aka Teacher's House, 5909 Running Green Road, Chapel Hill NC. Built by Newphire.
2019 - The Paradis/Zimmerman House, aka the Haw River House, 196 Paces Mill Trail, Pittsboro NC. Built by Village Building Company. Won the 2020 Matsumoto Prize. Photos by Tzu Chen Photography.
2019 - The Thomas Wolf and Yiqing Huang Lake House, aka Sunset Residence, 928 Shorefront Lane, Hillsborough NC. Built by BuildSense. Photos by Tzu Chen.
2019 - The Anne Mason and Bruce Grabel House, aka Beech Forest House, aka Beech House, 1505 Mill Valley Road, Chapel Hill NC. Built by Newphire. Photos by Iman Woods.
2019 - The Deron Coy and Erica Davis House, aka Big House for a Big Family, aka Coy-Davis Homestead, 4824 Friends School Road, Durham NC. 6000sf. Built by Newphire. Photos by Iman Woods.
2019 - Harnett County NC. Unbuilt.
2018 - The Lynda and Howard Schultz House, aka Privacy for Two, aka Privacy House, aka Zenadu, 70 Mill Road, Pittsboro NC. Built by Newphire. Photos by Keith Isaacs.
2018 - The Cheryl and Ken Serdar House, aka Pavement Ends, 1815 Arthur Minnis Road, Hillsborough NC. A version of the Happy Family House. Built by Newphire. Featured in Architect Blueprint magazine.
2018 - The Harvey and Rose Moore House, aka A Doctor in the House, Erwin and Whitfield Road, Durham NC. Unbuilt.
2016 - The Peter and Tanya Fontaine House, aka Net Zero Eno River House, aka Highland Farm, 3108 Eno River Trace, Cedar Grove NC. Commissioned in 2014. Built by NewPhire. Designed to PassivHaus standards.
2016 - The Michael Lamvik and Freya Kamel Renovation, 2722 Circle Drive, Durham NC. Photos by Iman Woods. Built by Craig Fox Construction.
2015 - The Kevin Murphy and Kristina (Kris) Dunn House, aka the Murphy-Dunn House, 1012 Reaves Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Built by Kevin's firm, NewPhire Building Company. 4.3 acres. Netzero design.
2014 - The Pamela and Arron Fleischauer Residence, 180 Windflower, Pittsboro NC. 1790 sf. Traditional farmhouse built by Anchorage Building Company, designed to PassivHaus standards.
2014 - The Phil and Velma Helfaer House, aka Happy Meadows, aka Courtyard House, 100 Lassiter Road, Pittsboro NC. Built by NewPhire Building Company. Commissioned in 2013. For sale in 2023.
2012 - House in Orange County NC. The house was built but not to Schechter's plans. The clients changed the exterior into a gabled version that extinguished the original Modernist design.
1999 - The Arielle and Arnie Schechter Residence, aka Stillhouse Bluff Residence, 440 Bayberry Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Built by Craig Fox Construction. Sits 220 feet above the road and their custom iron butterfly mailbox. 10 acres at one of the highest points in Orange County, the view goes all the way to downtown Durham. With a poured concrete foundation and steel beam construction, 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. 3500 sf on the main floor, 4300 total, plus the two-car garage. Schechter has offices off the garage. Featured in Atomic Ranch June 2023. Photos by Keith Isaacs.
Sources include: Arielle Schechter; Newphire Building; Kim Weiss; Anchorage Building Company; Chatham County Tax Department.