Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee Ranks 23rd in Architect Magazine’s 2011 National “Top 50”

May 10, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee (PBC+L),
a North Carolina based architecture firm founded in 1945  with offices in Raleigh and Asheville, is one of the top 50 firms in the nation, according to Architect  Magazine’s 2011 “Architect 50” ranking.Architect Magazine ranks American architecture firms based on three factors: profitability, sustainable ethos, and design quality. The rankings aim to look at the whole picture in order to honor not the biggest, but the best. Jeffrey Lee, FAIA, principal and director of design at Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee said, “We are honored and delighted to be recognized by this ranking.”

Firm principal, Clymer Cease, AIA, notes, “Our firm uses a flexible studio model of project teams with a high level of involvement by the firm principals. For us, that leads to both satisfied clients and firm profitability.”

Specializing in higher education and cultural arts projects, the firm has a history of award-winning efforts. In April, PBC+L received a 2011 National AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) Award of Merit for Park Shops, an adaptive reuse project at NC State University. To date, the Park Shops project has received AIA design awards on the local, state, regional, and national level. “We were able to provide an innovative design solution at Park Shops that preserves industrial elements of the 1914 masonry building while providing updates that highlight its history and material texture,” Lee said of Park Shops.

PBC+L also received a 2008 National AIA Small Projects Award for a bus shelter prototype for Wake Technical Community College. Describing this project, Lee said, “We took what might have been a perfunctory project and through careful study and attention to detail, elevated it to a sculptural level.”

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