We Remember the Tree Doctor, Ken Knox

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We were saddened to hear of the passing of renowned arborist Ken Knox earlier this month. Our studio is fortunate to have worked with Ken in preserving old growth oak trees during construction on several projects over the years. His knowledge was inimitable and passion contagious. Ken was always a joy to work with and he will surely be missed. Ken Knox has been described as a doctor, a historian Read more…

Samsel Architects Works with Wilkesboro on Downtown Rejuvenation

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Samsel Architects has teamed up with the town of Wilkesboro to help them forge a new downtown experience. Wilkesboro is in the beginning stages of a downtown rejuvenation with the purpose of restoring vitality to their historic town. The first phase of the rejuvenation includes plans for three major components: A revamped open air market A versatile lawn in front of the Wilkesboro Heritage Museum A new, permanent outdoor stage Read more…

Students from Appalachian participate in Race to Zero Student Design Competition

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Our studio recently hosted a group of students from Appalachian State University to provide feedback on their Race to Zero entry. Race to Zero is an annual student design competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy intended to inspire college students to create market-ready, creative design solutions for energy-efficient homes. Before the students submit their final design, they will spend months brainstorming, designing and getting crucial feedback from professionals Read more…

Hammock House Wins 2016 Honor Award from AIA NC

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We are happy that one of our recent projects, The Hammock House, won a 2016 Honor Award from AIA North Carolina. This state award is given out every year to recognize quality in residential design. The Hammock House sits on a 40-acre farm in Columbus, NC with several spectacular old growth oak trees, an existing barn, pastures and distant views to Tryon Peak. The home is a new interpretation of utilitarian farm Read more…

Fontana Home Wins 2016 Merit Award from AIA NC

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Our Fontana Lake House was recently awarded a 2016 Merit Award from AIA North Carolina. This state award is given out every year to recognize quality in residential design. The Fontana house is LEED Gold certified and serves as a serene retreat for a family of four. It is situated almost at the water’s edge with generous views of the lake, the surrounding forest, and the passenger train bridge in Read more…