the project

  • Conceptualization exercise, Green Bean Coffee House [iar]
  • iar301/411 class on the steps of the 1965 Commencement House [iar]
  • Interviewing property owners Richard + Joan Steele, Wellspring Retirement Community [iar]
  • Construction of [mod]moments, Gatewood work yard [iar]
  • Barnes + Noble [mod]moment, Friendly Center [iar]
  • Center City Park [mod]moment [iar]
  • Main exhibit design process continues [iar]
  • Elon University School of Law installation nears completion [iar]
  • Gatewood Gallery installation under way [iar]
  • Gatewood Gallery installation complete [iar]
  • The opening celebration [iar]
  • The smashing success hula-hoops raised in toast [iar]


The Close to Home exhibit considered Modernism in design and its place in the Greensboro community starting at the mid-twentieth century. It represented the combined efforts of an interior architecture studio, several art studios, and a material culture seminar from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In reaching outside the ivory tower, students and faculty partnered with a number of community agencies and individuals to bring this design story to light. Beyond Modernism in design alone, this exhibit explored the progressive thought and deep spirit of people in Greensboro of the 1950s and 1960s that enabled innovative ideas to take root. The exhibit helped to explain that UNCG and the community continues to embrace, sometimes imperfectly, the foibles of the past as well as its optimism and enthusiasm. Students ventured forth into the twenty-first century pondering what it takes to make communities at all scales and what it means to be a designer within them.

symposium + tour

modernism in greensboro
patrick lee lucas : school of interiors : university of kentucky : website designed by julie barghout