History & Philosophy

History & Philosophy

"We like to think that our architecture has both a soul and a conscience. The ‘soul’ is found in the spirit of the design and the craft of construction. The ‘conscience' is represented by the manner in which our modern buildings embody a positive union between natural and built environment, and demonstrate a rigorous commitment to green, sustainable architecture.” – Frank Harmon, FAIA

Frank Harmon Architect PA is a multi-award-winning, LEED AP, green architecture firm founded in 1985. While many architects have embraced the principles of sustainable design over recent years, we have been designing environmentally responsible, modern buildings for nearly three decades – long before the term “green architecture” became a part of the general lexicon. Sustainability is the most important architectural issue of our time.

As a young architect, founder and principle Frank Harmon FAIA, quickly learned that everything he designed would cause the earth to be stripped or mined. Stunned by that realization, he knew that the only way he could work as an architect was to promise to make a site better than he found it. Sometimes that meant not building at all.

From single-family homes and tiny artists’ studios to corporate headquarters, commercial, educational and institutional facilities, we go to great lengths to ensure that our buildings are energy-efficient and environmentally conservative.

As green architects, we make sure the materials and products used in the construction of our buildings contribute to ecological restoration, and that both interior and exterior building systems and materials are non-toxic to the environment and to the people who inhabit them.

As modern architects, we also embrace the spirit of regionalism. We believe every structure, regardless of size or budget, should be specific to its place – to its natural geography, climate and culture. So we make every effort to use materials responsive to particular climates and settings – the “sticks and stones” of a region – so that even the most modern, cutting-edge architecture maintains a strong sense of place specific its landscape, client, and region.

At Frank Harmon Architecture PA, every building and every site is as individual as its client. And we firmly believe that the best buildings grow from the individual needs of the client, if only we take time to listen.

So as we create sustainable architecture, we also carefully listen to our clients – to all stakeholders in a project -- so that we may hear, understand, and interpret their tangible and intangible needs into unique, innovative, well-crafted “green” buildings and landscapes.

As contemporary architects we utilize state-of-the-art technology, yet our firm is intentionally small to allow each member of the project team to work closely and personally with our clients. We also make it a practice to assemble a team of the best possible consultants specific to each project.

Our profound commitment to sustainability --- to green architecture – ultimately rests in our conviction that architecture should make a didactic as well as physical contribution to the community. Residential and commercial buildings account for 40 percent of total energy consumption in this country, 30 percent of all the forests are cut to make architecture, and 25 percent of all our fresh water is used in buildings. Through our architecture, we remain determined to leave to future generations a better environment than we received.