The fall homes tour season is getting underway and residents across the Triangle, North Carolina and the East Coast are in for a remarkable experience with the first annual American Institute of Architects Triangle Homes Tour on October 2, 2010.
The AIA Triangle Homes Tour features nine architects and ten homes that represent the value that an architect can bring when designing, renovating, or expanding a home. The homes showcased on this inaugural tour represent a variety of residential living spaces, neighborhoods, and sustainable living options. Hosted by AIA Triangle and presented by Miele, Dwell, Harris Teeter, Andersen, Talbert Building Supply, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association and Imaging Technologies, the Tour is the first AIA tour of its kind to take place in North Carolina and along the East Coast. Friends of the Tour include the sister chapters of AIA Triangle, AIA North Carolina, City of Durham, City of Raleigh, IIDA, NCBCE, Raleigh City Museum, and the Sustainable Furnishings Council.
Different than most homes tours that take place in the fall, the AIA Triangle Homes Tour is not a selling showcase of available homes; rather, it provides the opportunity for participants to explore first-hand the difference an architect can make in one’s living environment and provide insight into the creation of a sustainable residence of any size and budget. The mission of the tour is to educate and inspire. From creative condo spaces in downtown Raleigh to renovations and newer constructions, participants on the Tour will have the chance to meet the featured architects face-to-face, explore how subtle and progressive changes can enhance and create positive spaces, and discover the true meaning of sustainability that works now and into the future. The self-guided tour features homes in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill and takes place on October 2 from 10:00am – 6:00pm.
The awarded AIA designed living spaces were selected by a visiting Jury from AIA Austin and created by the featured architects: Angerio Design, Bizios Architect, Cherry Huffman, Ellen Cassilly Architect, Frank Harmon Architect, John Reese Architect, Studio B Architecture, Tina Govan Architect and Vernacular Studio.
The AIA Triangle Homes Tour 2010 is committed to educating and inspiring the public and other professionals about good residential design, increasing awareness about the American Institute of Architects, and promoting the value of working with an architect on any size project. “Working with an architect is not about starting from scratch. An architect brings insight and awareness to projects of all sizes, including additions, renovations, and new construction. The AIA architects featured on this Tour clearly demonstrate a working relationship with the client, a consistent talent in being able to transform space and light, and a keen commitment to the creation of a positive, sustainable living environment,” Diane Williams, Executive Director American Institute of Architects Triangle Chapter. The Tour is more than a one-day event. Trianglehomestour.com provides insight into each of the featured architects, a glimpse of the award homes, education topics, and resources in discovering residential architecture. Complimentary education panel discussions featuring the Tour architects and industry experts will take place in Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte in September. “The purpose of this Tour is to inform and educate. We are reaching out to participants so they have the opportunity to explore and experience good home design from the inside out, meet project designers, explore housing trends and discover design solutions that inspire quality residential living,” Tiffany Ferguson, AIA Triangle Homes Tour Committee Chair. The Pre-Tour panel events will showcase the featured architects and industry experts. Moderated by San Francisco-based Dwell magazine, the events are free and open to the public. Please refer to the website for details.
Tickets are available now for $20 with advance purchase and $25 the day of the Tour. Tickets are available online at www.trianglehomestour.com , at Harris Teeter locations and select AIA Chapter locations in North Carolina.
About Triangle Homes Tour
The AIA Triangle Homes Tour Committee is committed to educating and inspiring the public about good residential design, increasing awareness of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and promoting the architectural profession and the value of working with an architect. The Homes Tour offers architects and designers a unique opportunity to showcase and discuss their work in a building type to which most people can relate - the residence. Featuring a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences, participants have the opportunity to experience good home design from the inside out, meet with project designers, explore housing trends, and discover unique design solutions that inspire residential living. Tickets are available online, at Harris Teeter locations, and select AIA Chapter locations. For more information, please visit trianglehomestour.com.
About AIA Triangle
The American Institute of Architects Triangle Section is the voice of the local architecture profession dedicated to serving its members by expressing their commitment to excellence in design and improving the quality and livability of our built environment. The Triangle region covers a ten county area that includes Wake, Durham, Orange, Lee, Chatham, Franklin, Warren, Vance, Granville and Person counties with nearly 800 architects many of which are nationally recognized for the work they do. For more information about AIA Triangle, please visit aiatriangle.org