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ERIN ELIZABETH STERLING LEWIS, FAIA (1978-)

Lewis is a native of Illinois and grew up in Yazoo City MS. Inspired by her mother, who as a PTA president in Mississippi fought to improve public school conditions despite numerous death threats, Lewis’ own optimism focuses on making the most of her profession, community, and practice. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2002 with a BA in Architecture and worked for Frank Harmon in Raleigh NC. Among other projects, Lewis was design and project manager for AIA North Carolina’s new headquarters. The nation’s first chapter home built from the ground up, the AIA North Carolina Center for Architecture and Design opened in January 2011, and Lewis became a leading force behind its programming and outreach initiatives. In 2010, she and Matt Griffith started their own firm in situ studio. She was President of AIA NC in 2017, received the AIA National Young Architects Award in 2018, and won the AIA NC Deitrick Medal in 2019. In 2020, Lewis started a solo practice, open studio.

NCModernist 2014 - Lewis talks with students at McMichael High School for Project BauHow


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2010 - The Ann C. and Allan Silverman House, 206 Harlands Creek Drive, Pittsboro NC. Built by Redfoot and Weber.


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2011 - The Hilary Stokes Renovation, 626 Smedes Place, Raleigh NC. Designed with Matt Griffith. Built by David Ballard Construction. Cabinetry by Xylem. Fluhrer Reed was the structural engineer.


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2013 - The Clark House, aka Clark Court, 4223 Laurel Hills Road, Raleigh NC. Designed with Matt Griffith. Won 3rd place 2015 George Matsumoto Prize Jury Award. Featured in DWELL, May 2015.


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2013 - The Calhoun and Irene Cunningham House, 2507 Kenmore Avenue, Raleigh NC. Initially designed by Chad Parker and Brett Hautop; finished by Lewis and Matt Griffith.


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2014 - Lamb House Prototype, Raleigh NC. Designed with Matt Griffith. Unbuilt.


2015 - The Taylor House, 3720 Twelve Mile Creek Road, Matthews NC. Built by the Ullman Group. Designed with Matt Griffith. Photos by Keith Isaacs. Won a 2017 AIANC Award. Won a 2017 AIA Charlotte Award.


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2015 - The Andrea Marcos and Hugh Dawson Renovation, 2620 Fairview Road, Raleigh NC.


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2015 - The DHIC Condos, aka the Ten at South Person Condos, corner of South Person and East Lenoir Street, Raleigh NC. Ten units. Designed with Matt Griffith. Won a 2016 AIANC Merit Award.


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2017 - The Eric and Erika Braun House, 3316 Rock Creek Drive, Raleigh NC. Designed with Matt Griffith. Bottom two photos by Keith Isaacs.


2018 - The Geoffrey and Kellee Lewis House, 1101 Norris Street, Raleigh NC. Designed with Matt Griffith. Developed by the Allier Group / Stuart Cullinan. Sold in 2019 to Tommy J.H. Wyman. Photo by Leilani Carter.


2018 - 1103 Norris Street, Raleigh NC. Designed with Matt Griffith. Developed by the Allier Group / Stuart Cullinan. Sold in 2019 to Kathryn and Yan Hollington.


2018 - 1105 Norris Street, Raleigh NC. Designed with Matt Griffith. Developed by the Allier Group / Stuart Cullinan. Sold in 2019 to Tommy J.H. Wyman.


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2018 - The Lamb House, Chatham County, Apex NC. Built by Durham Potter. Cabinetry by Xylem. Interiors by Ann Marie Baum. Photo by Keith Isaacs. Designed with Matt Griffith.


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2019 - The Sadie and Adam Walters Addition, 621 Kirby Street, Raleigh NC. Designed with Matt Griffith.  Won a 2021 AIA Triangle award.


2020 - The Highlands Cabins, Highlands NC. Designed with Matt Griffith. Vacation rental cabins. Three planned; one built as of 2020.


2020 - The Neal Motoparthy Spec House, 1408 North Duke Street, Durham NC. Developed and built by his company, Archive Development. For sale in 2020.


Sources include: Matt Griffith; Erin Sterling Lewis; Frank Harmon Architect.