Kenneth Hobgood Architects Sweep Residential Category of AIA Triangle Awards

Top Quote Raleigh, NC, firm receives the only awards for houses submitted in the 2011 design awards program. End Quote
  • Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) June 09, 2011 - Kenneth E. Hobgood Architects of Raleigh received both of only two Merit Awards for residential architecture presented recently by the American Institute of Architects' Triangle Section in its 2011 Design Awards.

    The firm's award-winning Aldridge House renovation and addition for owners Betty and John Aldridge in Raleigh was designed to make a small, one-level, 1950s brick house comfortable for three people. The complete renovation of the existing house includes a new kitchen, updated bathrooms, enlarged bedrooms, and more functional living spaces.

    To enlarge the first-floor spaces on a small site with tight setbacks, Hobgood's firm created a second level for a new bedroom, bath, work area, and storage. On the rear elevation of the house, the bedroom and stair form a two-level metal, glass, and wood dormer that extends out and down to the floor below. The large glass window opens to the back with a view of the back yard, lap pool, and a significant tree buffer to the south.

    The addition's form minimizes its mass and provides generous spaces for the bedrooms. To minimize the impact on the street front, the addition repeats the slope of the existing room and becomes almost invisible from the street. At about 500 square feet, the addition represents 35 percent of the house's new footprint.

    The Aldridge House also received a 2007 Merit Award from AIA North Carolina. Bayleaf Builders of Raleigh served as contractor for the Aldridge renovation and addition.

    Hobgood's firm also received a design award for the as-yet-unbuilt "Jones 2" residential design, one of two designs the firm created for Nicole and Lee Jones of Raleigh.

    According to Kenneth Hobgood, FAIA, the Joneses wanted their home to be part of a well-established neighborhood yet offer the potential for a secluded retreat.

    "The intent was to design a house where each room was exposed on all sides to the exterior," he said.

    The award-winning design is a five-level tower that minimizes disruption to the site. Levels three and four are voided and a large volume, clad in glass and glass-reinforced fiber panels, is inserted into this void. Entered via a bridge at the third level, this volume contains the entrance, living room, dining room and an office. The void space left at the third level is articulated as a covered terrace with views in four directions. The design's first and second levels include guest bedrooms with level five dedicated to a master bedroom suite. A continuous stair connects all five levels.

    For more information on these projects and the firm's many other award-winning residential designs, visit and click on "Recent" projects.

    AIA Triangle consists of a 10-county area in central North Carolina, and includes more than 780 members. For more information, visit

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