“Frank Harmon has spent the past three decades fine-tuning his thoughtful, regional modernism.” – Residential Architect magazine
AD:“The Art of Freeland Architectural Drawing is Alive and Well in a New Book”
Friday, May 15, 2015
Text by Natalia Rachlin for ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST
As computers have increasingly eclipsed the notion of pencil-in-hand, has the art of the architectural sketch been lost to the ages? Drawing from Practice, Architects and the Meaning of Freehand (Routledge, $55), a new book out this month by author and journalist J. Michael Welton, argues that despite never-ending technological advances, freehand is still very much a part of the architectural profession today...
THE BUSINESS OF ARCHITECTURE: “7 Lessons For Young Architects, with Frank Harmon, Part II
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Frank Harmon shares 7 key lessons for young architects that will help you become the architect of your dreams. CLICK HERE to view the video.
THE BUSINESS OF ARCHITECTURE: “Frank Harmon: What It Means To Be A Successful Architect, Part I”
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Frank Harmon FAIA shares thoughts on what it means to be a successful architect, and how the seeds of success need to be planted at a young age. CLICK HERE to view the video.
DEXIGNER: “Frank Harmon to Present Urban Sketching Seminar at National AIA Convention”
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Frank Harmon, FAIA, a multi-award winning architect in Raleigh, NC, and the author/illustrator of the website Native Places, will present a three-hour seminar at the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) National Convention in Atlanta in May entitled "Urban Sketching..."
ARCHITECTS+ARTISANS: “Basking In The South Carolina Breezes”
Friday, February 13, 2015
By Mike Welton
It’s always nice to see a plan come together:
While Boston braces for 13 more inches of snow this weekend – along with wind gusts up to 70 mph – a pair of that city’s expats will be basking in breezes warmed by the coastal South Carolina sun.
They’re living in a new home designed by Frank Harmon to do exactly that. It’s sited on 15 acres of wetlands on St. Helena Island – a residence that rises on stilts,12 feet above sea level, for fantastic views from two floors.
The cottage offers heated and cooled spaces that are minimal at best – a bedroom, dining room, kitchen, and bath. The rest is composed of screened porches, most facing south to the water over a maritime forest.
“The only problem was that they wanted a 2,000 square foot house on a $150,000 budget,” Harmon says. “I came back to the office and said: ‘Maybe I can design a trailer.’”
Instead, he gave them an expansive home – one they call “Seven Sisters,” for the number of trunks on a century-old live oak tree – that worships at the altar of sunshine, vistas and breezes...
THE ISLAND PACKET: “Half-screened St. Helena homes makes for outdoor living most of the year.”
Thursday, January 29, 2015
By Erin Shaw
Sabrina Terry and Jon Lamb of St. Helena Island enjoy year-round tidal breezes and panoramic views of nearby Hunting Island, in large part due to their unusual house.
The couple's home is 50 percent screened porches. The other half is mostly glass.
"It is just so gorgeous that most of the time we are out on the screened area. Even when we have to be inside we have the view," Terry said.
She and Lamb moved to St. Helena from Boston in 2012 to escape the harsh winters, she said.
The couple bought 15 acres and lived in an RV while Terry searched for home builders online. She soon found Raleigh architect Frank Harmon and fell in love with his work.
"I loved how he always used the land and included it in the sustainability of the house," she said. "It was as a lark that I sent him an email asking if he ever did any small projects..."
ARCHITECT Magazine: “Seven Sisters”
Monday, January 12, 2015
Sabrina Terry and John Lamb were tired of the cold winters of Boston and decided to relocate to the South. They found a strip of land densely wooded with oak and pine trees on St Helena Island near Beaufort, South Carolina. A feature of the site was a 200 year old live oak tree with seven trunks which they named Seven Sisters.
NEWS & OBSERVER: “Raleigh Tower Built With Chimney Swifts In Mind”
Thursday, December 4, 2014
By Richard Stradling
Most people would be puzzled by the new 30-foot brick tower that stands alone at the entrance to the Prairie Ridge Ecostation in West Raleigh, but the people who built it hope that thousands of birds will know exactly what it’s for.
The tower was designed to look like a chimney from an old school or office building, the kind that attract chimney swifts by the thousands during roosting season, from August to October.
Those chimneys are becoming rarer, so the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and the Wake Audubon Society teamed up to build a new one specifically for the birds.
“They’ll always have this chimney even if we lose every other place in Raleigh,” said John Connors, a Wake Audubon board member and retired coordinator of the museum’s Naturalist Center...
ARCHITECTS+ARTISANS: “In Greensboro, A Park by OJB, Harmon”
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
By Mike Welton
Little Greensboro, N.C. is about to get a great big park designed by a powerhouse team of architects and landscape architects.
Ground was broken last week on the Carolyn & Maurice LeBauer Park downtown, its landscape designed by the Office of James Burnett (OJB), with pavilions from Frank Harmon Architect PA.
OJB is responsible for the innovative, award-winning, 5.2-acre Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, which spans the Woodall Rodgers Freeway downtown and features a stage and restaurant designed by architect Tom Phifer. Harmon designed the award-winning AIA N.C. Center for Architecture and Design in downtown Raleigh.
METAL ARCHITECTURE: “An Architect’s Insights and Instincts”
Thursday, November 20, 2014
FRANK HARMON LETS PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND THEM.
By Mark Robins, Senior Editor
When architect Frank Harmon, FAIA, founder of Frank Harmon Architect PA, Raleigh, N.C., was in his eighth grade English class, he stared out a window and saw an interesting building across the street that captivated him. Even though his mother wanted him to be a doctor, this building and his curiosity on how it was built formed the initial inspiration for his accomplished career as a multi-award-winning architect designing environmentally responsible, modern buildings.
In the past three decades he has won more AIA North Carolina (AIA NC) design awards than any other firm in the state. In 2013, Harmon received AIA NC's Carter Williams Gold Medal, the highest honor the NC AIA chapter presents "in recognition of a distinguished career or extraordinary accomplishments as an architect." He is consistently sought out as a judge for design award juries, and his design of the AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design in Raleigh received the 2013 Metal Architecture Judges Award.
As an architect dedicated to environmental sustainability, Harmon has specified metal-from standing seam to zinc-on basically all of his projects, including arts and environmental centers, commercial and liturgical buildings, museums, research facilities and dramatic single-family homes. He embraces the fact that metal roofs reflect heat and have very long life spans, and that zinc, in particular, is one of the most sustainable building materials available.