Design Feed: George Smart, HAIA

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Design Feed: George Smart, HAIA

October 26, 2023 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Speaker: George Smart, HAIA, CEO and founder of USModernist in Durham, NC. 

Join AIA East Tennessee & Knox Heritage for cocktails, conversation, and a presentation by George Smart, HAIA, founder & CEO of USModernist®, the world’s largest nonprofit educational archive dedicated to the documentation, preservation, and promotion of Modernist residential design.

In this discussion, George Smart will explore the basic principles of Modernist design, why it’s important to our communities, and what participants can do about preservation, starting tomorrow. With many of America’s mid-century Modernist architects and their original clients no longer living; their houses have been sold several times; and the local real estate community would just as soon market teardowns as find new, caring owners. Despite many Modernist houses aging over the 50-year mark, city councils and preservation groups have a hard time considering Modernist houses to be historic – because 50 years later many still look like the future. With bulldozers continuing to destroy mid-century Modernist houses, these livable works of art continue to be threatened by rising land prices and disinterested heirs. Not to fear! George will educate attendees on how documenting, preserving, and promoting residential Modernist design benefits the architecture and construction industries. To read in more detail about this presentation, visit

This discussion is 1 AIA HSW I LU Credit.

This month’s Design Feed is brought to you by Knox Heritage and Prince Technologies.

Ticket sales are open and limited walk-ins are available! We want to ensure that we have enough food and drinks for everyone, so secure your seat! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. 

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