GEORGIA BIZIOS

Grant Bizios Architecture

SAY IT LOUD - North Carolina Exhibitor

North Carolina Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The multifaceted nature of architecture - humanistic, artistic, environmental, technical. The uniqueness of each project and continuous learning. The conviction that our work can positively affect human lives and the environment daily and over time.

GEORGIA BIZIOS

Bio:

Georgia Bizios, Emerita Professor of Architecture at NC State University and Principal Emerita at Grant Bizios Architecture, began her academic career at Tulane University, and has taught architecture studios and seminars at all levels. She practiced architecture as a consultant, and in 1990 established her firm, Bizios Architect, now Grant Bizios Architecture, focusing on residential architecture and working closely with clients in defining, assessing and addressing their needs and dreams.

 

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

Growing up in Greece, I was intrigued by the beauty and variety of its vernacular architecture, townscapes, and natural landscapes. The enormous and critical need for new structures after World War II inspired me to study architecture.

What do you do?

Practicing architect since 1971, with diverse experience and a focus on residential architecture. Professor Emerita of Architecture, taught architecture for 42 years, initiated and developed new curricula, courses, and public outreach programs.

What excites you in the work you do?

Working in teams with colleagues, contractors, clients, and users. Teaching and learning from the other team members and my students. Doing research and applying new knowledge to my work. Making quality architectural design available to everyone.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The multifaceted nature of architecture - humanistic, artistic, environmental, technical. The uniqueness of each project and continuous learning. The conviction that our work can positively affect human lives and the environment daily and over time.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Integrating education and practice. Demonstrating the value of quality design. Educating/motivating architects to responsibly design and build beautiful places. Initiating public service/education programs and associated internship opportunities.

Featured Project Name: 

Across the Pond

 

Featured Project Location: 

Chapel Hill, NC

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2007

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Architect and Designer, Architect of Record

 

Featured Project Description:

We distilled the essence of the qualities the owners requested regarding building/site relation, overall organization, and exterior and interior spatial qualities. The design features simple volumes, spacious yet cozy rooms around a clear circulation axis, welcoming front and garage entries. Light enters through small windows articulating the walls while large ones create visual connections to the outdoors rooms. A “photogenic, but most importantly extremely livable” home, the owners report.

Photography Credit:

Marilyn Peryer

 

Featured Project Name: 

Davis Residence

 

Featured Project Location: 

Raleigh, NC

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2002

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Architect and Designer, Architect of Record

 

Featured Project Description:

Peaceful retreat and ideal setting for entertaining in an established neighborhood near a lake and park. The exterior form and materials recall the simple vernacular architecture of the region. In contrast, the interior’s dramatic two-story volumes, open stairs, cozy lofts, expansive views and abundant natural light create a dynamic yet highly functional living environment. Shaded windows, pier foundation, and sealed attic space contribute to an energy efficient, healthy home.

Photography Credit:

Richard Leo Johnson

Featured Project Name: 

Haw River Retreat

 

Featured Project Location: 

Pittsboro, NC

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2007

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Architect and Designer, Architect of Record

 

Featured Project Description:

A house or a porch? This riverside getaway expands and redefines relationships of interior and exterior living. The efficient interior design is balanced by an adjoining large screened porch with a fireplace, kitchenette, and sleeping loft, encircled by covered decks. Stone walls hold private rooms at one end and two fireplaces at the center, anchoring the structure in the landscape. Conventions of residential inside living functions are blurred and intertwined with the outside.

Photography Credit:

CHERYL KORALIK

 

Featured Project Name: 

The Meadow House

 

Featured Project Location: 

Hillsborough, NC

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

200

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Architect of Record. Project Architect and Designer with Brian S. Grant, AIA.

 

Featured Project Description:

Nestled into a forested incline, the main living areas open with expansive south facing windows to stunning views of a rolling meadow and pond. Exterior forms are dramatic, while materials and details echo the local rural vernacular. Life is organized in flowing, well-proportioned spaces, articulated with ceiling height variety and natural light, providing intimacy and spaciousness. Screen porches, decks and patios of different sizes and orientations extend life to the outdoors year round.

Photography Credit:

Arsalan Abbasi