J. Michael Welton is architecture critic for the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. His work has appeared in national and international publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, Metropolis, Interior Design, Architectural Record, and Ocean Home. He is the author of "Drawing from Practice: Architecture and the Meaning of Freehand." He is also editor and publisher at www.architectsandartisans.com.

A Rustic-Modern Cabin Inspired by Japanese Bungalows and Shou Sugi Ban
A mountain cabin’s design is Appalachian by way of Japan.
A Louis Kahn-Inspired Barn That’s Lined With Floor-to-Ceiling Shutters
Giant shutters open and close a rural Pennsylvania residence, tempering light and heat.
Family Matters
An architect and his preteen daughter take on a backyard project.
Shelter From the Storm
After three years of legal wrangling, a Raleigh couple find peace in their modern dream home.
These Cabinets Slide, Unfold, and Open to Conquer Kitchen Clutter
In Chapel Hill, a renovated kitchen takes painterly cues from Piet Mondrian.
Streamlined Modern Living in the North Carolina Forest
A couple builds a home that makes the most of its woodsy site.