New Podcast Promises Casual, Lively Discussions About Modernist Architecture

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US Modernist Radio brings celebrities and local luminaries to the studio


North Carolina Modernist Houses announces the launch of US Modernist Radio, a casual, amusing, and informative podcast series dedicated to lively discussions about Modernist architecture.

“Make no mistake, US Modernist Radio is not a stuffy, academic diatribe,” says host George Smart, NCMH founder, whose side-kick for the podcast is national comedian Frank King. “Listeners will hear interesting and expressive people who enjoy, own, create, dream about, preserve, love, and even hate Modernist architecture, which we believe has created the most exciting and, yes, controversial buildings in the world.”

To that end, Smart has assembled a series of discussions with guests that

Vanity Fair architecture critic and author, Paul Goldberger

Vanity Fair architecture critic and author, Paul Goldberger

mix national luminaries by phone with local preservationists and advocates in the studio. National figures include actress and modernist homeowner Kelly LynchVanity Fair’s celebrated architecture critic Paul Goldberger, the Avett Brother’s cellist and Modernist homeowner Joe Kwon, and architect Sarah Susanka, author of the popular Not-So-Big House book series.

A few local guests include architect Milton Small, whose father designed many exemplary mid-century Modernist structures in the Triangle region; Louis Cherry and Marsha Gordon, who recently withstood a storm of controversy over the Modernist house they built in a Raleigh historic district; Myrick Howard, executive director of Preservation North Carolina, Inc.; and architects Robby Johnston and Craig Kerins of The Raleigh Architecture Co. who designed and built Joe Kwon’s house on an urban infill lot in downtown Raleigh.

Via iTunes or Libsyn, US Modernist Radio subscribers will automatically receive new shows every two weeks. The first three podcasts are available now. For more information, go to

US Modernist Radio is an initiative of North Carolina Modernist Houses, the award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to archiving, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design across the state. For more information, visit or contact George Smart at

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THIRST4ARCHITECTURE at In Situ Studio May 21


Architects Erin Sterling Lewis and Matt Griffith of in situ studio in Raleigh will host May’s Thirst4Architecture (T4A) happy hour with North Carolina Modernist Houses on Thursday, May 21, 6-8 p.m., at 704 North Person Street.

Free and open to the public, Thirst4Architecture events are sponsored by Emilie Huin/501 Realty.

According to NCMH Executive Director George Smart, T4A brings architects, artists, building managers, contractors, engineers, furniture dealers, realtors, “and anyone else interested in Modernist residential design” to connect and create strategic alliances in a casual fun environment.

The May 21 event will mark the fourth time in situ has hosted T4A. When Erin Sterling Lewis was asked why she and Griffith continue to host, she said, “Because George knows how to help us throw a party that celebrates modern architecture and the people who love and support it!

Sterling Lewis and Griffith founded in situ studio in 2010. Since then they’ve won nine design awards among other accolades. In 2012 their four-person team was included in Residential Architect magazine’s “15 Young Firms To Watch.” 

For more information on in situ studio, visit

For more information on NCMH and Thirst4Architecture events, go to and click on “T4A Happy Hrs” under Events.