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2013 Interview with Ormando  Harris 

2012 Interview by VMZINC

WUNC Radio - The State of Things.  Harmon and Steve Schuster discuss the new AIANC Center for Architecture and Design in Raleigh

2011 - Harmon and Lewis Clarke speak on mid-century design

2011 - Harmon and AIANC Executive Director David Crawford discuss the new AIANC Center for Architecture and Design

Harmon gives The 2010 Harwell Hamilton Harris lecture at NCSU's College of Design about Harris' life and career

WUNC Radio - The State of Things.  Harmon and Scott Cutler discuss the new AIANC Center for Architecture and Design in Raleigh

2010 - Harmon speaks at Georgia Tech

2007 Slow Home interview
Part 1

Part 2

2005 - Bob Langford and Harmon talk about Matthew Nowicki and Dorton Arena

2005 - WUNC Radio - The State of Things:  Harmon discusses his practice and design philosophy

FRANK CORNELIUS HARMON, FAIA (1941-)

Born in Georgia and raised in Greensboro, Frank Harmon attended the NCSU School of Design from 1959 to 1961.  He interned with Edward Loewenstein 1963-1964 then and moved to London to study at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, graduating in 1967. 

Harmon started to practice architecture in 1968 with McMinn, Norfleet & Wicker of Greensboro;  moved to New York to work with Richard Meier for three years; was a principal in the firm of Harmon & Simeloff RIBA in London until 1979;  then started his own firm in Raleigh in 1981.

Harmon taught at Auburn briefly and at the NCSU School of Design for 20+ years as a Professor of Practice.   He was very close to Harwell Hamilton Harris.  See Harmon's remembrances of Harris here.

Since 1992, Harmon’s firm, Frank Harmon Architect PA, has won more AIA Design Awards than any firm in North Carolina. In 1995 he was awarded the Henry Kamphoefner Prize.  Harmon received the Tower Award, the F. Carter Williams Gold Medal, the COTE Award, and a Brick Honor award, all at the 2013 AIA North Carolina Conference in Wilmington NC.

In early 2008, he won a national design competition for the AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design in downtown Raleigh which was completed in late 2011, below. 


Photo by John Morris


   

1989 - The Stephen A. Wainwright Beach House, 8414 Sound Drive, Emerald Isle NC. Built by Jerry Lawrence of Beaufort.  Structural Engineer, T. C. Howard of Faleigh.  Mechanical Engineer, Ernest Myatt of Greensboro.  As of 2012 still owned by the Wainwrights.  Bottom photo by Gordon Schenck Jr.

Harmon also did an artist studio for Wainwright in Durham at 3812 Dover.


1989 - The William B. Brown Residence, 3300 Morningside Drive, Raleigh.  Built in 1978 as a rather plain contemporary spec house by Westminster Homes of Cary.  Sold in 1980 to Austin and Lida Lowrey.  Harmon did an extensive renovation and addition resulting in the layout above.  Sold in 2000 to Rachel Clarke and Mark Cullifer.  Sold in 2007 to Christopher and Sybille Ward.


1994 - The Frank and Judy Harmon House, 114 Brooks Avenue, Raleigh, right across from NCSU. 
Built by Greg Paul.  Structural engineer was T. C. Howard.  Mechanical Engineer, Ernest Myatt. As of 2012 still owned by the Harmons.




 

1995 - The Ron Rozelle and Rosa Ragan Residence, aka Artist's Studio and Apartment, Saxapahaw NC.  Won an AIANC Award in 1997.  The structural engineer was T. C. Howard.  Featured in Architectural Record.  Photos by Bryan Hoffman.









1995 - The James (Jimmy) and Betty Devane House, 1119 Offshore Drive,
Fayetteville NC.  On Branson Lake.  Sold 2013 to Rosalind G. and Terry H. Hutchens.

Around 1996 - The Clark and Bonnie Cramer Residence Addition, 6008 Canadero Drive, Raleigh.  Original house designed by Clark Cramer.  Vinny Petrarca was the project architect for the addition.   Photo by Leilani Carter. 2014 landscape design by Sharon Glazener.  2014 garage addition by Vinny Petrarca.



1998 - The Gigi and Warren Edwards Residence, 828 Runnymede Road, Raleigh.  2300 square feet.  From Metro Magazine:  "...they transformed the home’s former garage space into an apartment for Gigi’s mother.  The home features a kitchen revolving around a kidney-shaped island of Brazilian tuba granite that also serves as a dining counter. A dining alcove and a niche for listening to music complete the great room, which is open to the family office situated in a loft."  Top two photos by James West.  As of 2012 still owned by the Edwards.


1999 - The Frank D. Thompson House, 817 Bryan Street, Raleigh.  This beautiful house is attractive even from the air (not easy to do!) and was built on the site of a previous house, bottom photo above.  Harmon and Thompson had a falling out midway through and the design was completed by architect Roger Cannon.  With Jessica Johnson Moore, Thompson renovated the 1951 house (also called 817 Bryan) just north of this one. As of 2012 owned by Frank Thompson.


  

1999 - The James Franklin Taylor and Janice Taylor House, aka the Taylor-Hocking House, Scotland Cay, Bahamas.  3000 sf on 1/2 acre.  Cost $100 per sf.  Harmon came up with the idea of an inverted roof that would function like an upside-down umbrella, directing rain through a central spout that runs down the center of the house and into two 8,000-gallon cisterns on the ground floor. The roof's upside-down pyramid form also helps cool the home naturally: Its shape forces the air beneath it to flow more quickly than that above it. To avoid the 50 percent tax the Bahamas imposes on imported materials, the 10-person building crew obtained as much as it could from local sources. Vinny Petrarca and Quan Bahn were the project architects, with Petrarca spending several months onsite during construction.  The builder was Ivar Unhjem Construction, Marsh Harbor, Abaco, Bahamas.  Middle two photos by James West.


 

2000 - The Rich and Amy Podurgal Residence, 2700 Webb Street, Raleigh. They turned this old 50's brick ranch (top photo, left) into an exciting new home.  4573 square feet.  Five bedrooms.  As of 2012 still owned by the Podurgals.


 2004 - The Lynda Strickland and Marty Ferris Residence, 4221 Laurel Ridge Drive, Raleigh.  The land was bought from the James Franklin Taylor family in 2003. The house uses glass that is 27 feet tall at its highest point.  Interior photography by Jeffrey Jacobs, exterior by Timothy Hursley.  Featured on the TMH April 2009 Tour.   


2004 - The Ruth Guthrie House, 146 Lochwood West, Cary. 
As of 2012 still owned by Guthrie. Photo by Carol Beaver.


 

2004 - The Elisabeth Lewis Corley and Joseph Megel House, 181 Manco Dairy Road, Pittsboro NC.  Erin Sterling Lewis was project architect.  Built by Frank Cole of Carrboro.


2005 - The Joseph Harmon Residence, aka the Low Country Residence, 638 Rue De Muckle, along Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant SC.  1.5 acres.  2500 square feet.  Won a National AIA award in 2009.  4SE was the structural engineer.  Orbit Engineering was the mechanical engineer.  Landscape design by Judy Harmon.  Built by Design Build Corporation. Sculptor Christian Karkow did the galvanized steel screens.  Top two photos by Richard Leo Johnson.  Bottom five photos by Beth Broome.  Part of the 2011 TMH Auldbrass Tour.


2005 - The Barringer Guest House, Chatham County.  With growing families of their own, the children of the property's owner built a“guest house on their mother’s farm to stay during holidays and other visits.


2006 - The Pom and Tracy Smith House, 3125 Darien Drive, Raleigh.  Erin Sterling Lewis was the project architect.  Built on the site of an old ranch, bottom photo.



Photo of the Home Depot Smart Home  http://www.wbdg.org/images/cs_homedepot_1.jpg



2007 - The Duke Smart Home, aka the Home Depot Smart Home, 1402 Faber Street, Durham. 
Commissioned 2004.  Harmon was the designer and architect of record.  6000sf.  The managing architect was SmithGroup, who also did construction administration.  Built by Bovis Lend Lease.   This residence hall and engineering learning laboratory is a testing ground for smart and sustainable technologies. Initially developed by a student as a senior thesis, the program advances the students' efforts through relationships with corporate partnerships, like sponsor The Home Depot, to evaluate product prototyping, marketability, and sustainability.

2007 - The Lost Rock House, Benton County AR.  Part of a series of houses and public buildings to be built as an ecomodern development.  Commissioned late in 2006, worked through summer of 2007.  Matt Griffith was the project architect.  Marlon Blackwell and Coleman Coker were also involved.  Unbuilt.


2008 - The David and Victoria Jarrett Residence, 236 Markham Plantation, Apex NC.  Unbuilt. 


2010 - The Coates Residence, aka the Winterview Residence, Hendersonville NC. 
Matt Griffith was the project architect. Unbuilt.





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2014 - The Huberman-Bromer Residence, Gray Owl Road, Asheboro NC

Built by Szostak Construction.


Sources include: The Independent, Frank Harmon, Erin Sterling Lewis, Matt Griffith, AIANC, Residential Architect Online, Frank Thompson, Gigi Edwards, Debra Smith, Preservation North Carolina, Metro Magazine.