ARCHITECTS+ARTISANS: “A Pair of Aces for Downtown Raleigh”

November 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

By Mike WeltonRaleigh Architecture Company

Rather than wait for a client to beat a path to their door, the enterprising owners at Raleigh Architecture Company, one of the city’s newest firms, built a better mousetrap instead.

Actually, they built two – side by side.

Downtown, on infill lots.

“We played developer, contractor, architect, and owner on these,” says firm co-owner Robby Johnston. “We planned on building one of two homes for my family, and finding a client for the other.

They may differ on the outside – one’s clad in Corten steel, and the other in recycled roofing slate – but they’ve got a lot more lot in common.

“Conceptually they’re fraternal twins, with shared but individual characteristics,” says Craig Kerins, also a co-owner in the firm. READ MORE…

The Raleigh Architecture Co. Raises Funds, Food For Urban Ministries of Wake County

November 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

The Raleigh Architecture Co.

Sunday Supper in the city for charity. Photo © Juli Leonard

The Raleigh Architecture Company (RACo), a design-build firm in the city’s downtown Warehouse District, helped raise $1500 and 200 pounds of food for Urban Ministries of Wake County when partners Craig Kerins, AIA, and Robby Johnson, AIA, hosted Capital Club 16’s “Sunday Supper On The Road” event in their offices on Sunday, November 9.

Shannon and Jake Wolf own and operate Capital Club 16, an American-German restaurant in downtown Raleigh. Several times annually they collaborate with other local businesses, artists, farmers, and friends to host “Sunday Suppers On The Road,” family-style dinners featuring all-local food and beverages. Open to the public but with limited seating, these suppers raise funds for various non-profit organizations. All proceeds are donated to the designated non-profit.

“We’re great friends with Shannon and Jake and we wanted to host an event that allowed us to celebrate the season, friendship, local purveyors, and to raise awareness for a community organization [Urban Ministries] that’s providing a critical service,” said Johnston. “Holding the November Sunday Supper in our office was an opportunity to give something back to the city that gives so much to us.”

Actually, the Sunday Supper took place in RACo’s workshop, which is under the same roof as the office on South West Street. Fifty-five people sat at white linen-draped tables to enjoy food and drink from Laurel Branch Gardens, Locals Seafood, Boulted Bread, and Trophy Brewing — all Raleigh-based businesses. Capital Club 16’s pastry chef Carrie Gephart prepared the desserts.

Besides purchasing tickets to the supper, which raised the $1500, attendees also donated food for Urban Ministries mission – 200 pounds of it.

Urban Ministries of Wake County is a private, non-profit organization that engages the community to serve and advocate on behalf of those affected by poverty by providing nutrition and promoting health and wellness. For more information:

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Raleigh Architect Robby Johnston Serves on South Carolina Awards Jury

November 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

The Raleigh Architecture Company

Robby Johnston, AIA

Raleigh architect Robby Johnston, AIA, partner and founding principal of The Raleigh Architecture Company, recently served on the design awards jury for the Greater Columbia section of the American Institute of Architects’ South Carolina chapter (AIAGC).

This marked the first time Johnston, 34, has served on a design jury other than student review juries at NC State University and UNC-Charlotte.

Steve Schuster, FAIA, principal of Clearscapes in Raleigh, was the jury chair who tapped Johnston for the task, along with young Raleigh architects Erin Sterling-Lewis, AIA, and Sara Queen.

“Steve should be commended for his unorthodox jury composition,” Johnston said. “He selected young, up-and-coming architects rather than architects who have years of experience serving on awards juries. It was an honor to be included..”

The awards recognize outstanding achievements in architecture by AIAGC members. Johnston explained why his jury chose to honor only three of this year’s submissions:

“Each award-winning project exemplified a balance of historical recognition cross-pollinated with contextual response and sensitive, contemporary detailing. We chose only three — one citation, one merit, and one honor award – because, as a group, we felt it was important to preserve the significance of design awards by selecting only the most deserving projects.”

A native North Carolinian, Robby Johnston graduated from UNC-Charlotte’s College of Arts and Architecture in 2003. As a Modernist architect he worked with Michael Ross Kersting Architecture in Wilmington, NC, Tonic Design + Tonic Construction in Raleigh, and Clearscapes before he and partner Craig Kerins launched The Raleigh Architecture Company, a design-build firm, in 2012. He served on the AIA Triangle Tour of Residential Architecture committee for two years and is now a member of City of Raleigh Appearance Committee.

For more information on Johnston and The Raleigh Architecture Company, visit


NEWS & OBSERVER: “Downtown Raleigh neighborhood gets modernist homes”

November 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

By Sarah Nagem

photo by Jill Knight

photo by Jill Knight

— Less than a mile from a well-known modernist house that led to a lawsuit and neighbor disputes in Oakwood, two modern homes have quietly been completed, and three more are under construction.

Robby Johnston and Craig Kerins, co-owners of The Raleigh Architecture Co., designed two modernist homes that sit in the 500 block of East Edenton Street. Three more of their homes are under construction around the corner at the intersection of New Bern Avenue and Swain Street.

The neighborhood east of downtown is known as Hungry Neck, a pocket of mostly older homes just south of Oakwood Cemetery.

The sharp angles and large windows of the Edenton Street houses are a stark contrast to their neighbors – one- and two-story homes, some with polished exteriors and others with peeling paint. READ MORE…

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