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Special Section: 
N.C. Architects


Society's changing 
demands require architects 
to design complex solutions, 
not just blueprints

By Laura Tomczak

Right: The Grove Arcade in Asheville, is an Honor Award winner. Rowhouse Architects Inc. and Griffin Architects, PA, were the designers, Weaver Cooke Construction was the general contractor.
Photo by James West

Learn more:
Architects, contractors cooperate for the client
Diversity evident in design awards
Dixon Weinstein captures firm award
Mason honored with medal for service
Charles Boney wins gold medal

Artist. Scientist. Visionary. Advocate. Watchdog. Negotiator. These are just some of the many roles today’s architects assume. Whether it is the design of a residential home, a high-rise office building or a manufacturing center, architects — and the vast array of skills and knowledge they bring with them — are invaluable to the building process.

Where once architects were thought of as the people who drew up blueprints for new buildings, the profession today has evolved into much more. “The profession of architecture is in a constant state of change responding to the important issues of our society,” explains Steve Schuster, AIA, the incoming president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

“As examples, designing sustainable buildings that are environmentally friendly and responding to smart growth strategies are timely issues. Security in our environments since Sept. 11, 2001, is a significant focus in the profession. Buildings that contain more complex systems, including smart buildings, are becoming the norm. All of this is done with increasing public review as our communities want a larger voice in shaping their built environment. These are only some of the factors that have changed the profession in the past 10 to 15 years.”

Architects likely have never been more involved. They aren’t only designing new facilities; they are renovating old structures and giving them new life. They are creating well-designed and eye-catching signage structures. And they are redesigning the interiors of existing buildings to make them more functional to their owners and users.

As part of this evolution, an architect’s job is more multi-faceted then ever before. “One of the unique qualities that an architect brings to their projects is the ability to develop the full gamut of services that the client may need,” says Schuster. “This includes evaluating existing facility, helping them with site selection, identifying their program needs, establishing their budget, developing options for evaluation, assisting them with contractor selection and finally administrating the construction process.”

In short, the architect is there from start to finish, assisting in virtually every step of the way. This type of partnership forms a win-win relationship for both client and designer. Raleigh architect Kerry Kane, AIA, the current AIA North Carolina Chapter president, agrees that the architect’s constant attention and involvement in a project makes all the difference. “This commitment also ensures that any problems encountered during construction can be properly addressed and ultimately solved,” says Kane.

This dedication doesn’t just hold true for a client in the business world, but for the client who’s a homeowner with designs on customizing and personalizing their living space. “Americans tend to live in many different residences during their life, says Schuster. “Each time we move to a new home, we have to change our lifestyle to fit the environment that that house offers. An architect can instead assist a homeowner in shaping an environment that has been crafted to fit the lifestyle they wish to live and one that uniquely respects the site that the residence will occupy.”

And just as with their business clients, the architect is there to support the homeowner every step of the way, making sure that the client receives a quality project, in a timely manner and within their budget.

It is important to remember that architects are specially trained to create spaces that are specific to their clients’ needs and lifestyles. Add to this the unique ability to see the “big picture” — how a certain design will fit together with the space around it and the community at large. “The context for the proposed building is extremely important,” stresses Schuster. “Understanding the relationship of how the new piece of architecture will impact on its environment is a significant generator of design.”

Schuster strongly believes that architects are duty-bound to what he calls “their larger client, the community in which they practice and where their buildings will be built. We are trained problem solvers, and therefore can act as a catalyst for change.” A well-designed project, he notes, can transform a given area or even cause a chain reaction of events that will provoke positive change in a neighborhood or larger community.

Just as all projects are unique, so are the interpretations and creative designs of all architects. For this reason, it is imperative that a person interested in hiring an architect finds one that is best suited for the intended project. “The professional relationship between the architect and their client is extremely important,” notes Schuster. “They will be spending a lot of time working together and the chemistry between them is vital.”

“Clients should make sure that they have found the right ‘fit’ in selecting their architect,” Schuster adds. Another important thing to remember, he cites, is that “designing and constructing a building is a great adventure. It needs to be fun.”

All things considered, it is important to recognize that architecture is, in a sense, an art unto itself. Schuster contends that architecture is not just about function, that it can and should be inspirational as well. “Most importantly, the best architecture is about ideas,” he says. “Buildings have the potential to inspire us as well as simply providing shelter and function.”

The North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects was founded in 1913 and is the largest statewide AIA chapter in the country with more than 2,000 members. The AIA is the voice of the architectural profession dedicated to serving its members, advancing the value of the architects to society and improving the quality of the built environment.

Architects, Contractors Cooperate for the Client
Disputes between contractors and architects in the life of a construction project are a given in our industry. They cost us all sleep, time and ultimately money. The project owner is not exempt from this pain either, and many times that project owner is the taxpayer.

What’s not so widely known, though, is that here in the Carolinas, the architect and contractor communities are foremost in the nation at working together to head off such problems before they arise. Industry representatives from “both sides of the fence” come together in a formal fashion and work together in a cooperative spirit.

The American Institute of Architects and the Associated General Contractors of America each have a network of state and local level chapters. The AIA has a state chapter in both North and South Carolina, and AGC has a single chapter whose clout is amplified by having both North and South Carolina under it. These groups appoint delegates to a Joint AIA/CAGC Committee in each state.

The result of these Joint Committees’ work is a set of published construction practice recommendations to help the overall construction and design communities prevent problems. The Carolinas is one of only a handful of markets in the nation where such groups collaborate to offer such guidelines — and they’re free.

These guidelines jointly developed by architects and contractors address many of the most troublesome and confusing aspects of construction practices.

Unfortunately, the existence of these Joint Committee Recommendations, or JCRs, is not widely known, even among the construction communities. Greater use of and reliance on these recommendations can help our industries better serve our owners — public and private — and save all parties time and money.

The N.C. and S.C. AIA/CAGC Joint Committees began formulating the first JCRs more than 30 years ago, but no one could have predicted how their importance would grow. In our current litigious world, any measure we can take to avoid misunderstandings and improve communications is priceless. The body of JCRs is a flexible, changing asset that moves with the times and reflects emerging trends such as design-build.

Currently, approximately 60 JCRs for each state recommend guidelines for avoiding and solving problems on issues ranging from not issuing last-minute addenda to the best times for bids. In fact, this year’s annual North Carolina State Construction Conference, attended by about 800, focused on the JCRs and how their use can benefit the entire industry.

JCRs are not laws. Rather, they’re suggested guidelines to minimize problems between the design community and the construction industry. These guidelines continue to be carefully developed and reviewed by designers and contractors on the AIA/AGC committees in both states, and are then approved by the respective Board of Directors of these trade groups. The Joint Committees present these recommendations to the industry with the expectation that they will be adhered to voluntarily.

These recommendations represent months, and in some cases, years of study by architect and contractor members of the Committees.

This spirit of cooperation produces notable results — when contractors and architects choose to make use of these tools. As construction attorney Gary Welch of the Charlotte law firm of Johnston, Allison and Hord notes, “The JCRs are excellent tools for dispute avoidance and resolution on construction projects. They can help architects and contractors work through, and even avoid, some of the costly challenges and disputes that often arise on construction projects.”

Many times the Joint Committees conclude that a particular subject does not lend itself to a recommendation. Therefore, the JCRs cover only those matters which the authorized representatives of the state AIA’s and Carolinas AGC feel should be offered to the construction industry as guidelines for an efficient and effective implementation of construction practices.

These free guidelines benefit far more than the contractor and architect. Arbitration and mediation professionals, construction attorneys and even project owners are encouraged to become familiar with these recommended best practices. They are available on the Carolinas AGC Web site at as a public service.

JCR-1: Estimating Time
JCR-2: Bid Opening Time
JCR-3: Plan Deposit Guarantee
JCR-4: Number of Sets of Bidding Plans and Specifications
JCR-5: Issuance of Addenda
JCR-6: Error in Bid
JCR-7: Listing of Subcontractors
JCR-8: Retainage
JCR-9: Number of Sets of Plans and Specifications for Construction
JCR-10: Punch Lists and Final Inspection
JCR-11: Masterformat Index
JCR-12: Contracting Method
JCR-13: Supplemental Hold Harmless  Clauses
JCR-14: Pre-construction Conference
JCR-15: Door Numbering and Scheduling
JCR-16: Certification of Substantial Completion
JCR-17: Unit Prices
JCR-18: Construction Coordination Meetings
JCR-19: Early Approval of Contract Documents for Permitting Purposes
JCR-20: Substitution of Materials
JCR-21: Inspection And Lab Tests
JCR-22: Award Of Contract
JCR-23: Alternates
JCR-24: Negotiating And Rebidding
JCR-25: Meetings With Subcontractors At Project Site
JCR-26: Multiple Prime Contract Change Orders
JCR-27: Request For Change Quotation
JCR-28: Bidder Pre-qualification - Private Work
JCR-29: Owner’s Financial Responsibility
JCR-30: Code Compliance
JCR-31: Field Record Drawings
JCR-32: Construction Time For Projects
JCR-33: Invited Bid List
JCR-34: Guarantees And Warranties
JCR-35: Bid Bond Forms
JCR-36: Temporary Heat, Cooling, Ventilation, Lights & Utility Services
JCR-36A: Temporary Job Site Utility Energy Cost
JCR-37: Property Insurance
JCR-38: Four Hour Bid Plan - Voided Oct. ’98
JCR-39: Utility And Governmental Allowances And Fees
JCR-40: Basis Of Payment For Piling
JCR-41: Basis Of Payment For Caissons
JCR-42: Rock Excavation
JCR-43: Bid Submission And Opening Procedures
JCR-44: Shop Drawings
JCR-45: Separate Bid Proposals
JCR-46: Pre-Bid Conference
JCR-47: Sample Mock-Up Room
JCR-48: Unsuitable Material Allowances
JCR-49: Liquidated Damages Clause
JCR-50: Cutting And Patching
JCR-51: Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
JCR-52: Payment Bond
JCR-53: Hazardous Materials
JCR-54: Project Expediter
JCR-55: Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
JCR-56: Contract Forms And Contract
JCR-57: Trash And Hoisting
JCR-58: Owner-Contractor Agreements
JCR-59: Subbids
JCR-60: Coordination of Construction Documents
JCR-61: Design/Build Policy for Public Construction Work

Mixon owns Mixon Construction Co. and is co-chair of the AIA North Carolina/Carolinas AGC Joint Committee.

Building Code Variances Raise Project Costs

By James N. Bartl

North Carolina has a long history as a national leader in the building code development process. In 1905, we enacted a statewide building law for towns with more than 1,000 residents, requiring inspector positions and directing the Commissioner of Insurance to oversee them. In 1933, the General Assembly created the Building Code Council (BCC), responsible for writing and amending the code and hearing local appeals on interpretations. The BCC published the first North Carolina State Building Code (NCSBC) in 1936.

The highly bureaucratic North Carolina code development process adopts a new code every three years based on a national model and considers changes every three months. The first NCSBC consisted of a single 100-page volume. Today, it spans 12 volumes. The trend, both historical and recent, appears to be ever expanding, never decreasing regulations. While regulations must address contemporary issues and technical advances in design and construction, some attempt must be made to make these changes relevant, well understood and usable at the local level.

In the grueling task of analyzing and adopting codes, the perspective of how the NCSBC impacts the state economy has been lost. The economic impact is far reaching, touching both existing businesses attempting to grow or reposition themselves, as well as new businesses considering locating in North Carolina. The time has come to evaluate whether a process developed in 1933 still works well in 2003.

A Model for States

More than a dozen years ago representatives from the architectural, engineering and code inspection industries around the nation gathered to consider how building codes affect the flow of commerce over state lines. What they found was a patchwork system of model codes developed on a regional basis that inhibited not only design professionals from effectively working across the country, but businesses from expanding in a uniform and consistent manner.

After more than 12 years of research, consolidation and flexible management, the three major code writing agencies in the country combined their resources to begin a new era in building code development by creating the International Code Council (ICC). The idea was to take the best of all three model codes and form one document that could be applied consistently across the country.

In 2000, the ICC released its first model building code intended for adoption by all the states in the country. To date, 46 states have adopted the IBC as the basis for their own state’s building regulations. North Carolina began using the IBC in 2002. However, its adoption came with heavy modifications, significantly weakening the benefits of a common code.

Economic Considerations

The current NCSBC passed by the Building Code Council in 2001 is a heavily amended IBC, essentially creating a hidden construction tax or surcharge for growing your business in North Carolina. The current code contains more than 571 pages of amendments. These amendments impact all construction-related business investment in North Carolina.

Today’s North Carolina economy isn’t limited to local or state interest. It is a regional, national and international economy. Our state stands to gain or lose based on its ability to compete in this type of global economy. Many factors can level the playing field or throw it out of whack, and building codes are one of those factors.

An expanding international economy requires new facilities or the recycling or expansion of existing facilities. Codes are a significant factor considered in locating new facilities. Companies expect regulations, but they want those regulations to be the same as their competition. Similarly, company decisions on investing in facility expansion are impacted by the perception of a level regulatory playing field and reasonable regulatory requirements.

The use of an unamended International Building Code can level the playing field for North Carolina, placing the state in a strong competitive position and supporting a strong economy. Of the 46 states adopting the IBC, most have done so with minimal technical amendments. It is significant to note that all the states around North Carolina have adopted the IBC with minimal amendments, specifically Virginia, Georgia, Maryland and South Carolina. Because of this, North Carolina remains at a competitive disadvantage for attracting business infrastructure.

Impact of Amendments

All these unique North Carolina amendments have a tremendous impact on the $35 billion of construction invested in the state annually. Amendments make understanding the code even more difficult. As noted by the periodical Civil Engineering in its September 2000 issue, “The complexity of today’s ordinances and building codes contributes to delays in the permitting process. Submitters unknowingly fail to comply with all regulations or simply do not understand them.”

Amendments increase architects’ and engineers’ fees and business will forego any savings from an unamended IBC as professionals struggle with the peculiarities of North Carolina amendments. When those peculiarities are caught in the field, construction costs escalate rapidly.

There are several governmental expenses associated with amendments to the IBC. They necessitate the maintenance of a statewide bureaucracy (Engineering Division, Department Of Insurance), which duplicates many of the resources available through the International Code Council. The amendments make it harder to teach the code, increasing local costs to train staff. This limits or negates the usability of national teaching resources available from the ICC. There is additional local plan review time required to deal with out-of-state architects wrestling with the North Carolina version of the IBC and its amendments. And finally, there is additional inspection time required with out-of-state contractors unfamiliar with our state’s amendments.

What Are We Gaining?

So what do the North Carolina technical amendments represent? How do they compare to the IBC requirements?

Few of the North Carolina changes deal with life and safety issues. Most of the changes have resulted from address disagreements among code officials over minutia. Often state technical amendments boil down to personal preference or minor nuance. In a number of cases, Building Code Council members simply didn’t want change.

The International Building Code was developed through a rigorous process involving all of the previous three model code adopting organizations. This represents virtually all the code officials from around the country. The document is destined to be an internationally used code, a common set of rules that everyone in the design and construction community had envisioned for decades.

There are no significant benefits to heavily amending the IBC, only significant downsides. To the extent that other states embrace the IBC, an unamended code gives their business communities a level playing field. Conversely, the North Carolina Building Code Council, through its insistence on heavily amending the IBC, has changed the regulatory landscape into an economic hurdle that growing businesses must jump over to locate or remain in our state.

James N. Bartl, AIA, is director of code enforcement for Mecklenburg County

Diversity Evident in Design Awards
Left: Honor Award, Auburn HD Transmitter in Garner, by Architektur, PA
The diversity of North Carolina architecture and life was celebrated this year as AIA North Carolina announced the 2003 winners of the Design Awards competition. Awards were presented to winning firms at the annual Design Awards Banquet held on June 7 at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center in Greensboro. Nine winning projects were selected from a field of 122 entries submitted by AIA members across the state.

This year’s award-winning projects represent the broad diversity of both structure and life in North Carolina. From the cultural statement of an elegant, lakeside concert pavilion to the importance of manufacturing represented in a product distribution plant, this year’s carefully chosen winners are symbolic of the many facets of life in the state.

Though vastly differing in form and function, each project was deemed by a jury of three professionals to have met or exceeded benchmarks of good architecture. Awards are broken into two categories: honor and merit, with honor being the top award.

Two firms were presented with honor awards, ARCHITEKTUR PA, of Raleigh for its design of the Auburn HD Transmitter located in Garner, and Rowhouse Architects Inc./Griffin Architects PA, of Asheville for the redevelopment of that city’s Grove Arcade.

Seven merit awards were also presented. They were: Centrepoint Architecture, PA, of Raleigh for the Coty Vision 2002 Control Center in Sanford; Maune Belangia Faulkenberry, Architects, PA, of New Bern for the Fuel Warehouse in Kinston; David Furman Architecture of Charlotte for the Gateway Lofts in Charlotte; Kenneth E. Hobgood, Architects of Raleigh for the Paletz Moi House in Durham; William Rawn Associates, Architects Inc. of Boston, Mass., for the Pavilion at Symphony Lake in Cary; and Roger H. Clark, FAIA, and Cannon Architects of Raleigh for St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School in Apex. A merit award was also awarded to Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee, PA, of Raleigh for a yet-to-be-built project, Brickyard Chiller Plant in Raleigh.

The 2003 awards jury reviewed all entries and made its selections during a May meeting in Seattle. Jury members were: David Miller, FAIA, Miller/Hull Partnership; Susan Jones, AIA, NBBJ; and Allan Farkas, Eggleston Farkas Architect. All jurors are principal partners with firms in the Seattle area.

Dixon Weinstein Captures Firm Award
Dixon Weinstein Architects PA, a seven-person office in Chapel Hill, is the 2003 recipient of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Firm Award. This honor is the highest presented to an architectural business by the state chapter. The award is given annually to a North Carolina firm that has consistently produced quality architecture with a verifiable level of client satisfaction for a period of at least 10 years as an established presence in the state.

This prestigious award was accepted by the firm’s principal architects on June 7 at the AIA North Carolina Design Awards Banquet at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center in Greensboro.

Dixon Weinstein has operated from the Chapel Hill/Carrboro corner of Research Triangle since 1982. Four architects, two interns and an office manager work together in close quarters, sharing studio space and willfully engaging each other’s ideas. The results of this collaborative approach have been recognized in a dozen local, state and regional AIA design awards during the past decade. The office focuses on projects for clients who are not only the owners, but also the inhabitants, of the spaces. Completed works are scattered across North Carolina, from Harker’s Island to Waynesville, and include homes, schools, churches, dormitories, offices, stores and studios.

Equally diverse are the firm’s three principals, whose backgrounds in fine arts, landscape architecture and journalism add depth and dimension to Dixon Weinstein’s design activities and public service contributions.

Dail Dixon, a Raleigh native with degrees in architecture and sculpture, founded the practice in 1982 as Dail Dixon and Associates. Ellen Weinstein, who grew up in Queens, N.Y., and studied landscape architecture before architecture, joined the office in 1987. The firm changed its name to Dixon Weinstein Architects in 1996, and Ken Friedlein — turning to architecture after a first career as a North Carolina newspaper editor — became a principal in 2001. Actively engaged in teaching and writing outside the office, these architects consciously employ their varied skills to raise public awareness of the power of architectural design.

Dixon Weinstein has consistently attracted top graduates to join the office as interns and project managers, and they are quickly immersed in the office’s collaborative environment. The firm provides time for professional learning activities, supports intern development and registration, and encourages various personal enrichment programs. Periodic in-house seminars and presentations led by all members of the firm are a highly valued feature of office life. An annual sabbatical program has given staff members time and funds to pursue individual design investigations in Aspen, Harvard, Penland and Spain, among other destinations.

While design is a welcome focus of activity at Dixon Weinstein, budgets, schedules and construction documents remain a high priority. As a result, the practice has a long list of satisfied clients, and they become key participants in Dixon Weinstein’s continued success. Work for returning and referred clients typically accounts for 90 percent of active projects.

Mason Honored with Medal for Service
Triangle architect James W. Mason AIA, was posthumously honored with the William Henley Deitrick Medal for Service from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

This award is presented to a North Carolina architect who performs extraordinary service to the chapter, profession or to their community. Presentation of the Deitrick Medal was made to Mason’s family, wife Nancy and sons Max and Alex, on June 7 at the AIA North Carolina Design Awards Banquet held at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center in Greensboro.

Born in Greensburg, Pa., Mason earned a bachelor of architecture degree in 1968 from Carnegie Mellon University. After practicing in Pennsylvania and California, he joined Hayes-Howell Professional Association in Southern Pines, where, in addition to many projects, he led the design of the African Pavilion at the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro.

Mason relocated to Chapel Hill in 1982, joining O’Brien/Atkins Associates as a design architect. Six years later, he was named senior design principal. His inventive use of materials and fresh, modernist architecture have influenced the profession and enhanced the community with distinguished buildings. As a result, O’Brien/Atkins received 12 AIA North Carolina Design Awards in the 1990s, more than any other firm.

John Atkins II, FAIA, president and CEO of O’Brien/Atkins Associates, PA, says, “The late Jim Mason was among the few within our profession with the innate ability to consistently execute creative solutions for complicated buildings. Jim’s natural talents were enhanced by his keen ability to listen to his clients and decipher their problems to their fullest.”

Mason’s success and achievement as one of this region’s premier designers were matched by his commitment to the profession. He served as president of the local AIA organization in 1985 and was a vocal proponent of the establishment of a single, strong AIA component in the Triangle, rather than two separate sections. He chaired the AIA North Carolina Public Relations Committee from 1986-1990. Among his many accomplishments during this time was the revamping of North Carolina Architecture magazine and regaining editorial control of the publication.

In addition, Mason established a traveling exhibit of AIA North Carolina design award winners, was instrumental in creating the statewide Architecture Week celebration, created a slide archive of past chapter design award winners, prepared the “Before You Build” consumer brochure, and promoted public relations events with the Center for Public Television. He also served on the AIA North Carolina Political Action Committee for several years and was instrumental in making the Triangle one of the top contributing regions in the state.

The Deitrick Medal is named for William Henley Deitrick, a past president of AIA North Carolina. Deitrick donated his offices at the historic Raleigh Water Tower to be used as the state chapter’s headquarters upon his retirement in 1963.

Charles Boney Wins Gold Medal
Wilmington architect Charles H. Boney Sr. FAIA, is the 2003 recipient of the F. Carter Williams Gold Medal, the highest honor the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects accords its membership.

The Gold Medal is awarded in recognition of a distinguished career of extraordinary accomplishments as an architect. The award was presented to Boney on June 7 at the AIA North Carolina Design Awards Banquet held at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center in Greensboro.

Boney graduated with a bachelor of architecture degree from North Carolina State University’s College of Design in 1950. He then joined his family’s architecture practice, Boney Architects in Wilmington. The firm is well known for its design of educational facilities, banks, medical facilities and religious institutions.

Charlie Boney’s first design awards were from AIA North Carolina and AIA’s South Atlantic Region Conference in 1955 for the Little Chapel on the Boardwalk. Other projects earned him a Collaborating Arts Award and Awards of Merit.

An active member of the AIA, Boney served as chairman of the first AIA North Carolina Tower Interior Design Committee, chaired various state committees and led AIA North Carolina as president. He served on many committees at the national level, and his many accomplishments earned him elevation to the AIA’s College of Fellows in 1978.

He was instrumental in founding the Historic Wilmington Foundation to advocate preservation. He founded and chaired one of North Carolina’s first architectural review boards, and he was appointed a director of the North Carolina Museum of History Associates.

Many of today’s practicing architects worked with Boney before going on to establish their own design practices. These include Peterson Associates, BMS Architects, Dixon Weinstein Architects and Smith-Gage Architects.

“Charlie was what I wanted to be when I grew up,” says former employee Dail Dixon, FAIA, principal of Dixon Weinstein Architects, PA. “He was a designer who cared intensely for the quality of the work that his firm produced, a manager who was even-handed, steady, and thoughtful, and a teacher who knew when to instruct and when to let me find my own way.”

Boney’s interest in architecture as a social instrument of change led him to humanitarian service. He chaired Wilmington’s Parks and Recreation Commission, served on the Housing Policy Task Force and was president of the Family Service Society and Barium Springs Home for Children. Elected a deacon and an elder in the Presbyterian Church, he served nationally as trustee of Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va.

Former National AIA and AIA North Carolina President S. Scott Ferebee Jr., FAIA, says of Boney: “Charles is the consummate ‘whole’ architect, having made outstanding contributions to our profession, our state, our nation and his community in areas of design, professional service, public service and historic preservation.”

The F. Carter Williams Gold Medal is named for the late Raleigh architect F. Carter Williams, FAIA. An endowment established by the Williams family in 1998 supports the Gold Medal award.

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