Climate Adaptive Design – Where Building Science Meets Climate Science

Details and registration Climate Adaptive Design – Where Building Science Meets Climate Science
by AIA Asheville and CASE Consultants International

The American Institute of Architects Asheville Section continues its series Where Building Science Meets Climate Science, one of the most important symposiums in the country about where climate and architectural design interface. This year’s symposium theme is “Deep Retrofit” – renovation of existing buildings to promote sustainable design.

AIA NC Activate “Missing Middle” Housing Competition Winners Address Housing Crisis in Asheville

AIA NC ACTIVATE Announces “Missing Middle” Housing Competition Winners to Address Housing Crisis in Asheville
Asheville, NC – Activate NC’s announced the winners for its international “Missing Middle” Housing Competition on Friday November 10, 2017. The competition’s goal is to provide housing ideas to the city of Asheville that would both fit appropriately within single family neighborhoods while providing greater density and affordability in Asheville’s urban core. The site chosen for the competition is within walking distance of the emerging River Arts District, and is edged on one side by a tract of city owned land known as Murray Hill Park. Consideration for it’s location along with the topography of the land were major factors in the selection of the piece for the competition as well as for the jurying.
Four projects were chosen for awards. A Honor Award was given to “River Arts Row”; a Merit Award was given to “District Village”; a Merit Award was given to “Bartlett Commons”; and a Citation was given to “Artist’s Court”.
The jury, lead by jury chair Doug Hecker from Hecker Studio in Asheville, judged the entries based on criteria which included site sensitivity, topography, and space, form and materials. Hecker was joined on the jury by Amanda Loper from David Baker Architects in San Francisco, and Sasha Vrtunski with the City of Asheville. Overall, the jury noted that the projects were able to highlight some of the challenges of building denser communities in challenging landscapes.
Honor Award
River Arts Row
Team: William Lambeth, David Hammer, and Emily Axtman
Jury Comments: This project hit on all of the criteria from the competition. There is clustering, and shared wall construction and a desire to reduce the impact of cars in the neighborhood. It had an innovative narrative regarding construction with Cross Laminated Timbers (CLT), and suggested efficiencies with its use of land and materials.
Merit Award
District Village
Team: Andrew Spaulding
Jury Comments; We liked the density of this project, and how they nestled an extra unit under larger units, integrating the hill side into the design. The way the park areas were integrated into and on top of existing structures was visionary, as well as the engagement the plan had with the edges of the lot.
Merit Award
Bartlett Commons
Team: John Sunwoo, Christina Attiyeh, Daniel Lin, Peter Miller, Aditi Shetye, & Jeff Wandersman
Jury Comments; This project used the topography in a pragmatic yet organic way. The architectural expression feels fresh and new yet connected to the vernacular of the landscape and works with the topography. It also explores communal spaces in a more realistic way than other schemes we saw.
Artist’s Court
Team: Hieu Nguyen
Jury Comments: This project really focuses on defining the park and making a new amenity for the city. We thought the site place for this entry was one of the most important aspects of the project. The spacing between buildings felt welcoming, and allowed for the integration of public spaces within the community. It was able to pull people through the grounds with its programmatic idea of a sculpture park.
Activate North Carolina is a program of the American Institute of Architects North Carolina. It supports architects, designers, and citizens who want to start dialogues and projects that improve NC’s cities and neighborhoods.

Movie Screening – Masterpieces: The Most Extraordinary Buildings Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright


The Most Extraordinary Buildings Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright


Ask any American to name an architect and chances are they will say “Frank Lloyd Wright”.  Countless books have been written about this prolific designer who saw more than 530 of his buildings constructed.  His ground breaking styles are recognizable to every student of architecture. If you have visited Falling Water, the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, or other Wright buildings, you have experienced the genius of the work of American’s most celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright.


On Tuesday, April 25, 7:00pm, The Asheville Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is hosting a screening of Masterpieces:  The Most Extraordinary Buildings Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright at The Grail Movie House, 45 South French Broad Avenue in Downtown Asheville.  This is the fourth movie on Wright’s work produced by Michael Miner.  Miner will be at the screening and a question and answer time will follow the movie.   AIA Asheville has screened two other of Miner’s films, Child of The Sun and Romanza. More about the film maker and his other work may be found at:  Masterpieces is 95-minute film and contains sequences of the following buildings:
Dana-Thomas House, Springfield, IL
Fallingwater, Mill Run, PA
Johnson Wax Administration building and Research Tower, Racine, WI
Wingspread, Racine, WI
Rosenbaum House, Florence, AL
Auldbrass Plantation, Yemassee, SC
Cedar Rock, Quasqueton, IA
Price Tower,  Bartlesville, OK


Tickets to the film screening are $10 and are available at The Grail Movie House box office, or on line at:

Architecture Week 2016!

AIA Asheville, is excited to present two events for our members and the public for National Architecture Week.
AIA’s Architecture Week is a time to showcase talented architects who’ve made positive contributions to our communities
both locally and regionally.   AIA Asheville, in collaboration with our sponsor, Modern Asheville,  brings these two free events
focused on residential design.
Regionilism:  Designing Contemporary Livable Homes that are Site and Community Specific
Tuesday, April 12
Lord Auditorium
Pack Memorial Library
67 Haywood Street
Downtown Asheville
Architect J. Bertram King designed Mid-Century Home Stroll
April 14
Grove Park Neighborhood
Check our calendar of events for details and please make plans to attend!