Walking The Talk: Frank Harmon Moves Offices Into AIANC Center For Architecture and Design

The award-winning firm relocates to the third floor of the "greenest" building in Raleigh, NC.
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Aug. 1, 2012 - PRLog -- (Raleigh, NC) -- “We loved the building so much that we're moving in!”

That’s the announcement architect Frank Harmon, FAIA, sent this week to clients, consultants, and other contacts as he announced that his firm, Frank Harmon Architect PA, has moved into the third floor of the AIANC Center for Architecture and Design in downtown Raleigh – the building he designed for the American Institute of Architects’ North Carolina chapter.

Harmon’s firm now occupies 1750 square feet of the top floor of this thoroughly modern, thoroughly sustainable building on the corner of Peace and Wilmington streets, near the Government Complex.

“And what a space it is,” Harmon said. “It consumes half the energy of an ordinary office building, it has windows on every side so we can work in natural daylight and with natural ventilation during nice weather, its roof collects rainwater for watering the gardens, and, best of all, it's beautiful.”

Harmon stresses that the building demonstrates AIANC’s commitment to energy efficient, environmentally sustainable buildings, both now and in the future. “Sustainability is arguably the most important issue of our time,” he noted.

By moving his firm into the building, he is also demonstrating his personal commitment to “green” architecture and construction, which, he believes, is not a luxury but an imperative.

“As we come out of the recession, we won't be building in the same wasteful ways,” Harmon told a group of national media who visited the new AIANC Center in May. “With new emphasis on alternative energy and sustainable design, the AIANC Center shows us a new way to build.”

Frank Harmon Architect PA is a multi-award-winning firm previously headquartered in an old, “recycled” electronics warehouse at 706 Mountford Avenue in Raleigh’s historic Boylan Heights neighborhood. That space functioned as an open studio in which each member of the design team worked closely and personally with each other and with their clients.

According to Harmon, the firm’s new offices function exactly the same, yet within the comfort of a new, environmentally sustainable structure with a panoramic view all the way to the State Capitol.

The AIA NC board of directors had to approve the lease to Harmon’s firm. According to David Crawford, AIA NC executive vice president, the vote to welcome Harmon to the building was unanimous.

The firm’s new address is 14 East Peace Street, Raleigh, NC 27604. The phone numbers will remain the same (919-829-9464; fax: 919.829.2202). For more information on Frank Harmon Architect PA, visit http://www.frankharmon.com.

For more information on the AIANC Center for Architect and Design, go to http://www.cfadnc.org.

About Frank Harmon, FAIA:   Frank Harmon, FAIA, is a Professor in Practice at NC State University and was the 1995 recipient of the Kamphoefner Prize for Distinguished Design over a Ten-Year Period. He founded his firm, Frank Harmon Architect PA, in 1985. In 2011, his firm was ranked 21st out of the top 50 firms in the nation by Architect magazine, and was included in Residential Architect magazine’s “RA 50: The Short List of Architects We Love.” Harmon’s work has been featured in numerous books, magazines and journals on architecture, including Dwell, Architectural Record, Architect, Residential Architect, Custom Homes, and ArchDaily.com. For more information, go to http://www.frankharmon.com.
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