Syracuse Architecture spring 2015 visiting critic Vincent Petrarca is also an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Architecture at North Carolina State University’s College of Design. He was born in Brooklyn, NY. He received his Bachelors of Architecture degree at NC State in 1999. After graduation, he interned at Gunn Hardaway then worked for the multi-award-winning firm Frank Harmon Architect PA in Raleigh, NC, from 1993 to 2003.
Believing that the influence of construction on design and design on construction should be the fundamental premise that shapes the process of every project, he founded Tonic Design + Tonic Construction in 2003. His first independent project was a 1700-square-foot house. It won AIA NC and SARC awards and was featured in the November/December 2003 issue of Dwell. It was also featured on the cover of James Truelove’s book 25 Houses Under 1500 Square Feet. His wife, architect Katherine Hogan, AIA, joined the firm in 2008. Since then, Tonic Design + Tonic Construction has completed over 50 projects and received 20 major design awards and other honors, including a national AIA Small Projects Award for the Lowe’s Pavilion in the North Carolina Museum of Art Sculpture Garden. In 2013, Petrarca and Hogan were named Residential Architect magazine’s “Rising Stars” out of all young firms in the nation. Most recently, Petrarca received a prestigious 2013-2014 Faculty Design Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) for his design of “Crabill Modern,” a Modernist, single-family house in Hillsborough, N.C.