Continuing with our blog series that highlights each of our 12 values, today we will focus on Achievement. We are proud of our accomplishments, including recognition for the quality of our work, design awards, consistent positive feedback, and being published in both print and digital media outlets. We are also proud of our internal measures of success: achieving financial profitability and solvency, longevity of our firm, and the strength of our brand. 2020 marks our 35th anniversary and we are celebrating the longevity of our studio - since 1985. In 2016, Samsel Architects was recognized by AIA North Carolina as the Firm
Our renovation at 67 Broadway in downtown Asheville has won a 2020 Griffin Award from The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County. 67 Broadway is home to Center for Craft’s National Craft Innovation Hub. This is the 17th Griffin Award for our studio since we opened the doors in 1985. The Center for Craft headquarters is in a historic four-story brick structure that was built in 1912. We worked with Center for Craft to renovate the building, maintain its historic certification and highlight the beauty of its existing structural systems. Breathing new life into three of the building’s four stories,
2018 is the sixth year in a row that Samsel Architects has been voted Western North Carolina’s #1 architect in the MountainX Best Of Poll! Our studio has been working in WNC since 1985. A key part of our design philosophy is incorporating the unique character of Asheville and our mountain region into every project. We appreciate the vote of support from our community. Thank you, Asheville and Mountain Xpress!
Our project in West Asheville was just named 2018's Best Small Home by Fine Homebuilding Magazine. We really love how this project turned out and are so proud to see it published in the magazine! Read more about this project in the 2018 Houses edition of Fine Homebuilding magazine or online at finehomebuilding.com. More about this project This home sits on a ⅛ acre infill lot just 1 block from the Haywood Road commercial district. With only 840 square feet, space optimization is key. Each room houses multiple functions, and storage space is integrated into every possible location. In the kitchen, simple,
The third annual Carolina in the Fall festival took place last weekend in Wilkesboro. The two day fest drew huge crowds for a weekend of music and fun in the newly redesigned historic downtown. Carolina in the Fall is a must for all bluegrass lovers. In the week since, the festival won a Momentum Award for Festival/Event/Venue from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Above: Photo courtesy Town of Wilkesboro Facebook page. Rendering by Joe Skibba. Samsel Architects teamed with Wilkesboro last year to help them forge a new downtown experience, including a new, permanent outdoor stage, a revamped open air market and
We are excited that two Samsel homes received awards from AIA Asheville during their annual Design Awards ceremony. The Cliffs at Walnut Cove won a 2017 Merit Award and the Craven Gap Residence received a 2017 Residential Citation. Thank you to the 2017 jury members and AIA Asheville for the recognition. Congratulations to all the other winners - there is a lot of talent in our area! The Cliffs at Walnut Cove We drew inspiration from traditional prairie motifs and updated them for this modern home in the mountains. Throughout the residence, there is a strong theme of horizontal lines integrated with a
A big congratulations to Jim Samsel for being named one of Asheville's 2017 Downtown Heroes. He was recognized by the Asheville Downtown Association for his dedication to downtown revitalization at the Association's annual meeting on Wednesday night. Jim’s deep and active commitment to Downtown Asheville revitalization spans almost 40 years (1980-2017) and is characterized by his service and contributions. Over the decades, Jim engaged with the revitalization process through a wide set of roles: volunteer in early downtown planning efforts; strategist; investor in numerous downtown buildings; architect for many downtown projects; advisor and organizer for Pack Square Park; donor to downtown
2017 marks the fifth year in a row that Samsel Architects has been voted Western North Carolina’s #1 architect in the Mountain Xpress Best Of Poll! We have been designing in the region since 1985 and we love to incorporate the unique character of Asheville and our mountain landscape into every project. We are appreciative of our clients, collaborators and community and look forward to many more years. Thank you WNC and Mountain Xpress!
We are happy to announce that our Hammock House is a 2017 Matsumoto Prize winner! Thank you to NC Modernists and congratulations to the other winning firms. 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 structures and brings a distinctly modern element to a rural working farm. To take advantage of the dramatic oak trees, we carefully located the house on the land and oriented the living spaces around the tree locations. The
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 who are already achieving “green” design - which is where we come in. Andrew Windham, Assistant Professor of Building Science and the team’s faculty lead, asked us to weigh in on