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Frank Harmon, FAIA has designed sustainable modern buildings across the Southeast for 30 years. His buildings are materially specific to their region, using hurricane-felled cypress and rock from local quarries to connect the structure to its landscape. The airy breezeways, outdoor living spaces, deep overhangs, and wide lawns embody the romanticism of the South while maintaining a distinguished modesty.

Frank is recognized as a purveyor of good design by his students, peers, and clients. In 2013, he received the F. Carter Williams Gold Medal from the North Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANC), the highest honor bestowed upon a North Carolina architect. He holds numerous awards recognizing his contributions to design and sustainability. His firm, Frank Harmon Architect has twice been named to Architect magazine’s “Top 50” list.

A graduate of the Architectural Association in London, he is a professor at the NC State College of Design, taught at the Architectural Association, and has been a visiting critic at Harvard, the University of Virginia and the Rural Studio at Auburn University.

As a noted writer and illustrator, his recent project NativePlaces.org uses hand-drawn sketches and mini-essays to examine the relationship between nature and built structures. He is a primary contributor to Activate 14, an initiative by the AIANC to educate the public on the benefits of good design and sustainability through a series of summer events and design competitions.

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