“Frank Harmon has spent the past three decades fine-tuning his thoughtful, regional modernism.” – Residential Architect magazine
ARCHITECT mag: Project Gallery - AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design
Monday, May 6, 2013
By ARCHITECT staff
Located at a busy intersection in downtown Raleigh, the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIANC) Center for Architecture and Design is the first-ever AIA chapter headquarters built from the ground up. Clad in cypress and other locally available materials, the 12,000-square-foot building also is a flagship for the future of sustainable design. Frank Harmon Architect PA, Raleigh, was selected as the Center’s architect of record, topping more than 70 other firms in a statewide design competition. Principal Frank Harmon said his company’s design deliberately emphasizes building materials that are sustainable and that reflect the history and heritage of the Tarheel state. READ MORE...
URBAN HOME Magazine: Featured Homes - ROOTS
Thursday, May 2, 2013
By Anne Marie Ashley
Photography by Jim Schmid
After 23 years in a high-stress executive position and 17 years spent mostly away from her family,
Lynda Strickland decided it was time to find her center and build a home that was a retreat.
She went to architect Frank Harmon with three simple requirements for her home: It had to be dramatic,
fused with nature and in a modernist style with little to no ornamentation. Three years later, Lynda finally
felt that she was at home.
“I built a modernist home because I love the movement and light experience of modernist spaces
and materials like wood, metal, glass and stone,” explains Lynda. “Plus, it’s perfect for my family –
it provides a sanctuary from the busy world and is, at once, one with nature.” Not to be confused
with contemporary design, modern architecture and décor fuses the simple lines of nature with
cool materials like wood, glass and stone to create lots of light, air and open spaces and, in Lynda’s
case, lots of white walls. “My style is minimalist with a focus on texture, color, light and materials.”
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WUNC-FM, The State of Things — “An Energy Efficient Eyesore”
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The American Institute of Architects Center for Architecture and Design in downtown Raleigh is like nothing the capital has ever seen. It eschews traditional building styles in favor of a more environmentally friendly construction that has left some in awe and others confused. An informal News & Observer poll listed the building as Raleigh’s ugliest. Host Frank Stasio talks about why that isn’t such a bad thing and what art has to do with architecture with Frank Harmon, the architect who designed the building, and Steve Schuster, co-founder of Clearscapes architecture firm in Raleigh.
The Architects Newspaper: AIA in NC: Sustainable Role Model – A newly-opened state headquarters turn
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Frank Harmon, architect of the new 12,000-square-foot AIA North Carolina headquarters in Raleigh, describes the building as a David to the looming Goliath of the neighboring Archdale Building. The latter, a monolithic white stone tower sliced by vertical rows of dark glass, was built in 1977 for state government offices. The comparatively diminutive, wood-clad AIA sits below it on an island in the high-traffic intersection of Wilmington and Peace streets. “It really holds the corner,” said Harmon.
Amid this architectural standoff, the kind of traffic that defines the area is slowly shifting from car to pedestrian, and it was with this in mind that Harmon designed the new AIA building, officially known as the Center for Architecture and Design.
LanscapeOnline.com: Frank Harmon, FAIA to Speak on “Architects and Landscape Architects Working Toge
Monday, April 30, 2012
”All good buildings begin with the land,” says Frank Harmon, FAIA, of Frank Harmon Architect PA www.frankharmon.com in Raleigh, N.C. Harmon is scheduled to speak June 15 at 3:15 on ”How Architects and Landscape Architects Can Work Together” at the Hilton New Bern Riverfront hotel in New Bern, N.C.
His speech is part of the June 14-16, 2012 Spring Conference of the North Carolina chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (NCASLA).
NEWRALEIGH.com: AIA NC’s Center for Architecture and Design Grand Opening
Monday, March 19, 2012
by Rusty Long
Dubbing it the “Green and Grand Opening” of the newly completed Center for Architecture and Design (CfAD), the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects will be opening the new facility to the public this Saturday, March 17th, from 1 to 8 p.m. This free tour will showcase the sustainable aspects of the building.
News & Observer: “An Embassy for Architecture”
Sunday, February 26, 2012
By Mike Welton (photo by Juli Leonard)
Consider it the educational link in Raleigh’s long chain of landmark designs.
The city that’s given this state some of its most innovative lessons in architecture – from the 1840 Capitol to the 2010 N.C. Museum of Art – now offers a new icon for a new era: A building dedicated to sustainable design for the 21st century.
It lies on a pork-chop-shaped site framed by Peace and Wilmington streets in downtown Raleigh, where the American Institute of Architects N.C. Chapter has opened its new Center for Architecture and Design…
Architects + Artisans: The Home Steve Jobs Grew Up In
Monday, January 2, 2012
By Frank Harmon, FAIA
“We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us,” Winston Churchill once said, and perhaps no place has the power to shape us like the place where we grow up…
News & Observer: A Holy Facelift for a Downtown Raleigh Church
Sunday, December 25, 2011
by Richard Stradling
RALEIGH — Anyone who has ever renovated an old building knows your bound to find surprises when you start tearing out sheet rock and taking down drop ceilings.
Fortunately, for the congregation of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Raleigh, most of those surprises have been pleasant ones.
The church is about midway through a project to restore and modernize its 111-year old sanctuary building and add a new building to its campus at the corner of Morgan and Salisbury streets, where the church has faced Union Square since before the Capitol was built…
…The church hired Raleigh architect Frank Harmon to design a new education and office building with a glass front that will give the church a more public face…
Raleigh Metro Magazine, Form + Function: Center for Architecture & Design Opens
Sunday, November 13, 2011
By Mike Welton
The American Institute of Architects North Carolina Chapter’s (AIA NC) new Center for Architecture and Design opens this month at the intersection of Wilmington and Peace streets in downtown Raleigh. The 12,000-square-foot building, clad in native Carolina cypress harvested from the Great Dismal Swamp, with roof and siding of rose-colored zinc, was designed by Frank Harmon Architect PA.
The $5.4 million project brings new meaning to the concept of teamwork. AIA NC and Harmon worked closely with Clancy & Theys Construction, John Moore with 4SE Structural Engineers, Carl Simmons of CMS Engineering, RMF Engineering, and landscape architect Gregg Bleam to make the headquarters building — one that serves all seven AIA sections across North Carolina — a reality less than a year from groundbreaking. AIA NC’s David Crawford was responsible for hunting down and securing a $3 million bond through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Of the $3.2 million in construction costs, $1.15 million was delivered in pledges through a fundraising campaign — much of it from architects themselves — with another $600,000 coming from in-kind donations from state and national suppliers…