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Tonic Design + Tonic Construction principal will help select the 2013

Vinny Petrarca, Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

Vinny Petrarca, Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

Builder’s Choice and Custom Home Design awards winners.

Award-winning designer Vinny Petrarca, a principal in the design/build firm Tonic Design + Tonic Construction in Raleigh, has been selected to serve as a juror for the 2013 Builder’s Choice and Custom Home Design Awards, a national competition sponsored by Custom Homes and Builder magazines, both Hanley Wood LLC publications.

In her invitation to participate on the jury, Shelley Hutchins, senior editor for both Builder and Custom Home magazines, noted Petrarca’s “expertise in design and sustainability.”

 
Petrarca and his firm have been recipients of Custom Home Design Awards twice: in 2005 for Tonic’s McCowan Kitchen project and in 2008 for the Chiles Residence.

“It is such an honor to be invited to serve as a juror for this national competition,” Petrarca said. “I’m also looking forward to being able to see some of the finest work by some of the finest architects and designers across the country.”

This year, the Hanley Wood awards program combines formerly separate programs – Custom Home Design Awards, Builder’s Choice awards, and the EcoHome awards — into one competition.

According to Hutchins, the new program received 600 entries this year, so judging will take place over two days, June 17-18, in the Hanley Wood offices at One Thomas Circle in downtown Washington, D.C.

 
The judging is blind and based on the architectural merit of the entries. The jury will make its selections independent of the Builder and Custom Home editorial staff, and will select Grand and Merit award winners in 27 categories of residential design and planning. The jury will also select a Best Project of the Year from among the Grand award-winning built entries.

 
The winning entries will be featured in the Fall 2013 issue of Custom Home and the October 2013 issue of Builder. (To see the winners from last year’s Custom Home competition: http://www.customhomeonline.com/houses/award-winning/custom-home-design-awards.aspx.)

 
Along with Petrarca, the 2013 jury will include: George Fritz of Horizon Builders; Steve James of DTJ Design; Rene Oehlerking of Garbett Homes; Michael Pyatok of  Pyatok Architects; and Teresa Rosano of Ibarra Rosano Design Architects.

 
Tonic Design + Tonic Construction has received 26 design awards from 2005 to today. For more information visit http://www.tonic-design.com.

 

By Emily Uhland

The Modern Getaway, Bahama, NC

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Spacious open interiors, lack of ornamentation, expansive windows and inventive architecture are all characteristics of Modernist homes, and all are represented in this custom home designed and built by Raleigh’s Tonic Design and Construction. “The space between the structures — we thought about that just as much as we thought about the actual building,” said designer Katherine Hogan. READ MORE & VIEW THE GALLERY…

 

Interview by Erin Brereton

partner in the design-build firm Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

Katherine Hogan

Katherine Hogan spent the first few years of her career at a nonprofit that provided design services to small, low-income rural communities. In 2008, she joined Raleigh, North Carolina-based Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, which recently received a Small Projects Practitioners award from the AIA for its pavilion at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Hogan, an associate AIA member and a LEED AP, is a partner at Tonic, alongside firm founder Vincent Petrarca. She spoke to gb&d about the benefits of being a builder and how she plans to keep pushing the industry forward.

gb&d: How did your early work in your career help prepare you for your position at Tonic?

Katherine Hogan: I worked for Will Bruder + Partners in Phoenix for a summer and got to go back full-time when I first graduated, which was a very wonderful experience. One of his descriptors of his work is that he always tries to find the extraordinary in the ordinary—to look at a material and try to use it differently and to examine space and context, which were all really good messages. I did a fellowship after that, where I worked in year increments on particular projects. A lot of the work was to further socially conscious design. I’ve done some really interesting projects and got to understand the client as not just someone who comes to you with a significant amount of money—the client is any person who needs a building.

gb&d: You’ve been with Tonic Design since 2008. How did you come to specialize in residential and small-scale commercial projects? READ MORE…