Homes at The Ridges at Paris Mountain will be built exclusively by Dillard-Jones Builders, a two-time winner of the prestigious Southern Living Builder of the Year award, and a select group of top architects building a community that reflects excellence in architecture and embraces the natural surroundings of Paris Mountain.
Born in Seattle and raised in British Columbia, Joel Turkel earned a bachelor of environmental studies from the University of Manitoba, and a masters of architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was named the Ann Beha travelling fellow. He is a recipient of the Marvin E. Goody prize in architecture for his work on prefabricated residential building systems.
Turkel worked under architect Fernando Domeyko-Perez and with several international groups including the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture in both India and Syria; the Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) in Ethiopia; and the Space in and In-Between Workshop under the direction of architects Steven Holl, Fumihiko Maki and Frank Gehry.
From 1999 to 2007 Turkel served as the Creative Director of Empyrean International. During his tenure there, he played a key role in several major initiatives including the development of the Dwell Homes by Empyrean, a unique collaboration between Lazor Office, Resolution 4: Architecture and Dwell magazine. He is the creator of NextHouse, a series of prefabricated modern homes marketed by the Dwell brand from 2005 to 2008.
Turkel is a frequent critic at architecture schools throughout the United States, and between 2002 and 2008 held a faculty position in the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT, where he taught both design studios and a graduate level course entitled The Prefab Workshop: Design, Fabrication and the Modern Delivery Mechanism.
In 2007, he founded Turkel Design with his wife and partner Meelena Oleksiuk Turkel.
Joel Van Dyke
Joel is the managing partner of Freeman & Major Architects, in Greenville, South Carolina. Having served as the Director of Design for a twenty-eight person architectural firm, and run his own firm, Joel now manages and does design work for Greenville’s most established architectural firm. His project experience ranges from custom single-family residences to large institutional projects. Joel’s work has appeared in a number of regional publications and won numerous design awards. Joel’s work will also appear in Perspectives on Design: Carolinas, due to be published later this year. For more information on Joel’s design experience go to the portfolio page of BuildingSolutions.
Wilson Architects is an Asheville, North Carolina based architectural firm providing a complete range of architectural services. Founding partners Calder and Aaron Wilson are dedicated to providing high quality, well designed projects and building strong client relationships. They believe collaboration is essential in providing quality design and approach each project as a team, using their unique talents to improve designs and the architectural process. They are passionate about architecture and strive to provide quality service that satisfies the client’s budget and schedule and surpasses their design expectations.