In this article in Walter Magazine, J. Michael Welton highlights several of Ellen Cassilly's architectural projects across the Triangle, including the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden and Prairie Garden Classroom at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, as well as two of her students' projects at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
"Down the hill, overlooking a pond that cleans and filters storm water before releasing it to a stream below, is a platform created out of steel, poured-in-place concrete, and South American ipe wood. It hovers over the water’s edge, creating a place for rest and contemplation – and for conversations about sustainability in the environment. It was created by students at N.C. State’s Design/Build summer program in 2013 – and ever since it’s been a gaze-shifter, conversation-starter, and a fixture that’s fully part of the pond."
voted Best Architect in Durham County, 2016
by Indy Week's "Best of the Triangle"
American Society of Landscape Architects Award, 2016
Golden Leaf Awards: Keep Durham Beautiful, 2016
(designed by Ellen's Design/Build students at NC State)
Each summer, Ellen Cassilly teaches the Design/Build Studio at the NC School of Architecture. In 2013, she led her students in designing a floating lab as an addition to a 30-plus acre piece of land called the "HUB farm," owned by Durham Public Schools, where students, teachers and the community can study agriculture and the environment.
This project was highlighted in the Winter 2014 issue of Designlife, The Magazine of the NC State University College of Design. You can view the feature HERE. See pages 12-13.
Ellen Cassilly was featured in the recent publication, Drawing from Practice: Architects and the Meaning of Freehand (2015).
Excerpt from Chapter 7, Ellen Cassilly: Talking and Sketching:
"'Sketches are important to getting to the truth,' she says. 'I've seen people get down to the nitty-gritty and say: "Oh, we can't do that!" — and that's why it's important to go back and forth between concept sketches and CAD drawings.'
Besides, she says, there's nothing quite as impressive as chatting with clients who are talking about their wants, needs, and desires while they're waving their hands all about the room.
'You can grab a pencil and turn to them and say: "You mean like this?"' she says.
'And they'll say: "Yes—this is amazing—I tell you what I want, and you sketch it!"
'And I'll say: "Yes! That's what I do!"'
All the while, she'll have been looking them in the eyes, drawing upside-down, and talking at the same time. It is, she says, an interactive experience for the client—and an inspired part of an architect's life."
Golden Leaf Awards: Neighborhood Garden and Landscape, 2014
The George and Mary Pyne Historic Preservation Award, 2008
Golden Leaf Awards: Community Appearance, 2007
Durham City-County Appearance Commission, 2007
Golden Leaf Awards: Community Appearance, 2004
Durham City-County Appearance Commission, 2004
The George and Mary Pyne Historic Preservation Award, 2003
AIA Triangle Isosceles Award, Honorable Mention, 2004
The George and Mary Pyne Historic Preservation Award, 1998