NCMH Director To Address North Carolina’s Landscape Architects

October 6, 2011 (Durham, NC) – George Smart, founder and board chairman of North Carolina Modernist Houses, will present his signature talk “Mayberry Modernism: North Carolina’s Modernist Legacy” to the North Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects on October 21 during the NCASLA’s Fall Conference in Concord, NC.

North Carolina Modernist Houses is an award-winning, non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving and promoting modernist residential design from the 1950s to today. “Mayberry Modernism” showcases North Carolina’s large collection of Modernist residences, many in good shape, some endangered, and many others destroyed.

“Understanding the need to preserve and promote Modernist residential design, an important period in the nation’s architectural heritage, isn’t limited to architects, homeowners, and historians,” Smart noted. “Landscape architects have also been intimately involved in the planning and design of public and private environments in the modern world. And the NCASLA can count among its membership some of the finest Modernist landscape architects in the nation, both today and in the recent past.”

Smart’s presentation includes a PowerPoint presentation of every modernist house in the state that has received a design award from the American Institute of Architects from mid-century to new construction. Many of those award-winning houses feature landscapes designed by members of the NCASLA. Smart will present “Mayberry Modernism” from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. in the Embassy Suites Hotel in Concord.

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association representing landscape architects. The Society’s mission is “to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.” For more information, go to

The North Carolina Chapter of the ASLA was formed in 1973. Master landscape architect Dick Bell, a member of the ASLA’s Council of Fellows, served as its first president. The Chapter includes members in private practice, public practice, academic, and related professions. For more information, go to

For more information on “Mayberry Modernism” and North Carolina Modernist Houses, visit


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