Celebrated Architect/Author Frank Harmon, FAIA, To Present Lecture & Sketching Workshop in Old Town Alexandria

Hosted by the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association

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Frank Harmon sketching. Photo by Christine Simeloff

Frank Harmon, FAIA, a multi-award-winning architect from North Carolina and the author of the new critically acclaimed book Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See, will be in Old Town Alexandria, VA, on May 17th and 18th, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA). Harmon will give a lecture focused on his book and his reasons for writing it on Friday the 17th at 7 p.m. in the Athenaeum on the corner of South Lee and Prince streets. On Saturday the 18th beginning at 10 a.m., he will lead an Urban Sketching Workshop around Old Town. Participants will also gather at the Athenaeum.

Both events are free and open to the public. However, the NFVAA asks those interested in either or both to email admin@nvfaa.org. Participation in the Urban Sketching Workshop is limited.

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Published by ORO Editions, Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See is a collection of 64 of Harmon’s watercolor sketches – some he drew over 30 years ago — paired with brief essays he’s written about architecture, nature, everyday objects, and ordinary places. The pairs first appeared in his popular online journal NativePlaces.org.

The sketches in Native Places convey the delight the architect finds in these places and things. The short essays, inspired by the sketches, offer his fresh interpretations of what most people take for granted. His goal with both the online journal and the book is “to transform the way we see,” he says, and to promote his belief that hand drawing offers “an opportunity to develop a natural grace in the way we view the world and take part in it.”

To that end, he will lead 15 sketching enthusiasts around Alexandria’s picturesque Old Town for the same sort of urban sketching workshop that has proven popular when he’s conducted it at Auburn University’s renowned Rural Studio in New Bern, Alabama; in Asheville and Raleigh, North Carolina; and elsewhere.

“We are very excited to have Frank Harmon come to the historic Athenaeum for two wonderful programs,” said NVFAA’s Executive Director Veronica Szalus. “We’re looking forward to hearing Frank read from his book and share his engaging insights on sketching and the urban environment during the lecture, then show us how to learn to truly see the world around us through sketching during the Saturday workshop. It’s going to be a great weekend.”

Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See will be available for purchase from the NVFAA. For more information on the book and its author, visit nativeplacesthebook.com..

An art gallery, historic landmark, and home of the NVFAA, the Athenaeum is located at 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (703.548.0035).

 

 

 

 

THE REAL DEAL: Chapel Hill Architect Contributes Two Extremely Green, Thoroughly Modern Houses to 2019 Spring Green Home Tour

Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA, is quick to credit her clients with allowing her to pursue her passions for environmental stewardship and modern architecture – passions that have once again secured spots for two of her projects on the 2019 Spring Green Home Tour April 27-29 and May 4-5 throughout Durham, Orange, and Chatham counties.

And again this year, Schechter’s houses will give participants a chance to tour the real deal: modern, ultra-energy-conserving, high-performance houses that rest lightly on the land and will produce all or almost all of the energy they need without depleting any natural resources.

“Because my clients are dedicated to sustainable design and construction,” Schechter said, “and because they’re such fans of modern design, they have been such an inspiration as they’ve allowed me to design houses for them that are Net Zero/Net Positive or very close to it. That, along with getting to design modern homes that fulfill my clients’ unique needs and dreams and enhance their lives — it’s an amazing feeling.”

Both of Schechter’s houses on this year’s tour are nestled in verdant settings deep in the forests of Orange County.

Modern Green Cabin

5909 Running Green Road, Chapel Hill

Modern CabinWhen “rustic” combines with “modern” and “green,” the result is the Gouchoe-Hanas cabin, a Net Zero Passive house Schechter designed for a couple moving to North Carolina from San Francisco with two grown children who will visit often.

Among the many features that will fulfill its Net Zero function, this modern cabin features a roof-mounted photovoltaic array and battery storage, radiant heated concrete slab floors on the main level, EuroStar Fenestration windows and doors, and deep sheltering roof overhangs plus suspended sun shades to screen out the high summer sun.

Schechter designed a variety of spaces inside the house to provide for different moods and types of gatherings. The lofty living/dining space on the main floor connects visually and socially to the upper bedrooms via a balcony overlook. Each guest room includes a private balcony. The kitchen is also connected to the main space but tucked away under the second floor. And in the kitchen, Schechter specified bright red tiles “to give warmth and joyful energy to the kitchen, making it pleasant for both cooking and gathering.”

The living/dining space, master bedroom, and office/study all have large, south-facing windows to welcome an abundance of natural light and to provide panoramic views of the natural setting.

“South light is greatly treasured by our firm,” Schechter noted. “We always aim to provide ample south light in our spaces.”

NewPhire Building is currently finishing work on this modern green cabin.

Mason-Grabell Residence – under construction

1505 Mill Valley Road, Chapel Hill

MillValleyRdAccording to the architect, the Mason-Grabell residence is “an extremely energy efficient house that will have a rooftop solar array to get us near Net Zero.” She designed it for a couple relocating from Florida to Chapel Hill. Among its many high-performance features are “my favorite Passive House-rated windows and doors from Eurostar Fenestration,” Schechter noted.

One of Schechter’s clients is a gourmet cook and both love to entertain, so the kitchen was extremely important. To honor their passions, Schechter designed a floorplan in which the kitchen is the central “heart” of the house. All other spaces flow from the heart.

The prominent and most important exterior feature is a generously proportioned screen porch that appears to be floating out into the site. A wrap-around deck connects the grilling area to the screen porch.

The Mason-Grabell house should be complete by early to mid-summer, but it is complete enough now for tour participants to enjoy.

About the Spring Green Home Tour:

Sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, and Chatham counties in North Carolina the Spring Green Home Tour is a self-guided tour of houses located throughout the Triangle area. The tour allows the public to see advanced building practices and materials. For more information go to www.springgreenhometour.com.

About Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA:

Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA, is a licensed, registered architect based in Chapel Hill, NC, who specializes in Modernist, energy-efficient buildings with a focus on Passive houses, Net Zero/Net Positive houses, and  Micropolis Houses®, the collection of tiny houses she designs She is a lifelong environmentalist and began practicing green design long before it became mainstream. She is also a lifelong animal advocate. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Arnie, and an assortment of foster animals in the modern, sustainable house she designed for them. For more information: www.acsarchitect.com.

f8 Photo Studios Evolves Brand Identity, Celebrates 15 Years in Business

 

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Cara Powell, owner and lead photographer of f8 Photo Studios in Raleigh.

 f8 Photo Studios, one of the leading, award-winning photography studios in North Carolina’s Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill “Triangle” region, is celebrating 15 years in business this year. To mark that occasion, owner and lead photographer Cara Powell is evolving her brand to better reflect f8’s reputation and expanding areas of expertise.

“Fifteen years ago I took a leap of faith and followed a dream,” Powell said recently. “Everything that I envisioned f8 growing into became a reality and more. I am a huge proponent of visualizing your future in order to send you on the right trajectory in your present. Right now my future looks bigger than this business itself. I’d love to be able to keep doing what I love in order to fuel the big projects that feed my soul and help my small part of the world.”

Originally from Charleston, SC, Cara Powell founded f8 Photo Studios in Raleigh in 2004 specializing in creative wedding photography, portraits, and commercial imagery. Since then, she has become known primarily for creative, high-end wedding photography that has received numerous awards. Her work has been featured in a host of publications and blogs (see “About” below), and is frequently cited for capturing the sort of “true emotions” and “one-of-a-kind moments” more indicative of photojournalism than typical wedding photography.

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PHOTO BY CARA POWELL © f8 PHOTO STUDIOS

 “I love shooting weddings,” she said recently. “I love the beauty, the emotions, the fun, and capturing all of it in my camera.”

Yet also over the past 15 years, Powell and her team have built a substantial portfolio of commercial work, including interiors and corporate portraiture.

So to mark her 15th anniversary, Powell decided to refresh her studios’ brand identity, rather than change it dramatically, since the reputation and equity she’s built under the previous identity are valuable assets. And she still loves the signature orange she chose in the beginning, she says, to reflect her passion and enthusiasm for her work, along with a sense of warmth and professionalism.

To create f8 Photo Studios’ fresh, more inclusive visual expression, Powell has enlisted brand identity and website designer Hannah Lee of Foxwood Studio in Hillsborough, who will upgrade the studio’s website as part of the rebranding.

About f8 Photo Studios: Accomplishments, Honors, and Accolades

For the past eight years, f8 Photo Studios’ wedding photography has been included in the “Best Of” editions of The Knot magazine – the premiere wedding planning resource in the U.S. — based on client experiences and reviews. As a result, Cara Powell was inducted into The Knot‘s prestigious “Best of Weddings Hall of Fame” (2017-2018), which honors only two percent of the nation’s wedding vendors.

Based on other wedding vendors’ votes, f8 Photo Studios received a “Best of Borrowed & Blue Award” for the 2017-2018 season, the equivalent of a “Michelin Star” for the wedding industry. Powell has also received seven “Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice” awards recognizing local wedding professionals “who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism.”

f8 Photo Studios’ work has been published in a host of magazines and blogs, including Southern Bride & GroomCharleston WeddingsThe KnotThe Knot CarolinasMidtownWalter magazine, Raleigh MagazineTriangle Business Journal, and Weddings magazine.

Powell is also committed to ongoing community involvement, donated her time and resources to local charities.

f8 Photo Studios is located in The Loading Dock at 1053 East Whitaker Mill Road, No. 115, in Raleigh. For more information, visit www.f8photostudios.com.

E. Shaver, Bookseller To Host Frank Harmon and ‘Native Places’ in Historic Downtown Savannah

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E. Shaver, Booksellers in historic downtown Savannah will host a presentation and book-signing event for award-winning architect Frank Harmon, FAIA, of Raleigh, NC, and his new book Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See on Sunday, April 14, from 1-3 pm.

Ryan Madsen, Architecture Professor at the Savannah College of Art & Design, will introduce Harmon. The event is free and open to the public.

Published by ORO Editions, Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See is a collection of 64 of Harmon’s watercolor sketches paired with brief essays he’s written about architecture, nature, and everyday objects and places that first appeared on his popular online journal NativePlaces.org. The sketches convey the delight he finds in ordinary places. The short essays, inspired by the sketches, offer his fresh interpretations of what most people take for granted.

Past NC Poet Laureate Fred Chappell describes Harmon’s book as “a sketchbook, a memoir, travel journal, aesthetic experiment, a collection of small familiar essays, and maybe in some respects even a manifesto,” adding, ““Native Places…has afforded me happy pleasures, different from any that I have before derived from a book.”

Harmon’s mission for Native Places is “to transform the way we see,” he says, and to promote his belief that hand drawing offers “an opportunity to develop a natural grace in the way we view the world and take part in it.”

Mission accomplished, according to Mike Welton, the architecture critic for the Raleigh News & Observer, who suggests Harmon’s book is “destined to change how we see this world.” Architect Tom Kundig, FAIA, of Olson-Kundig in Seattle, calls Native Places “a masterful legacy on all levels.”

Named one of the “17 Extraordinary Bookstores” in the world by Mother Nature Network (MMN.com), E. Shaver, Bookseller is located on historic Madison Square at 326 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (912-234-7257). For more information, visit http://www.eshaverbooks.com/.

For more information on Frank Harmon and Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See, visit the book’s website (nativeplacesthebook.com) and Facebook page.

Cameron Village Library Welcomes Frank Harmon and ‘Native Places’

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Cameron Village Regional Library will host a presentation and book-signing event for award-winning architect Frank Harmon, FAIA, on Wednesday, April 10, at 6 p.m., as he shares his new book Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See.

Quail Ridge Books will provide and sell copies of Harmon’s book. The event is free and open to the public.

Published by ORO Editions, Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See is a collection of 64 of Harmon’s watercolor sketches paired with brief essays he’s written about architecture, nature, and everyday objects and places that first appeared on his popular online journal NativePlaces.org. The sketches convey the delight he finds in ordinary places. The short essays, inspired by the sketches, offer his fresh interpretations of what most people take for granted.

Past NC Poet Laureate Fred Chappell describes Harmon’s book as “a sketchbook, a memoir, travel journal, aesthetic experiment, a collection of small familiar essays, and maybe in some respects even a manifesto,” adding, ““Native Places…has afforded me happy pleasures, different from any that I have before derived from a book.”

Harmon’s mission for Native Places is “to transform the way we see,” he says, and to promote his belief that hand drawing offers “an opportunity to develop a natural grace in the way we view the world and take part in it.”

Mission accomplished, according to Mike Welton, the architecture critic for the Raleigh News & Observer, who suggests Harmon’s book is “destined to change how we see this world.”

Cameron Village Regional Library is located within Cameron Village Shopping Center at 1930 Clark Avenue, Raleigh (919-856-6710). For more information, visit www.wakegov.com/libraries.

For more information on Frank Harmon and Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See, visit the book’s website (nativeplacesthebook.com) and Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

f8 Photo Studios Sponsors Fundraiser for the Lucy Daniels Center and Donates Event Photography

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Cara Powell, owner and lead photographer of f8 Photo Studios in Raleigh.

For the third consecutive year, Cara Powell of f8 Photo Studios, a professional, award-winning photography studio based in Raleigh, is both sponsoring and providing photography for the 2019 “Cooking for a Classic” fundraiser to benefit the Lucy Daniels Center in Cary.

The Lucy Daniels Center provides mental health programs and services for children. Cara Powell, f8 Photo Studios’ owner and lead photographer, has served on the Center’s “Cooking for a Classic” steering committee for the past three years.

This sponsorship is part of f8 Photo Studios’ ongoing involvement with charitable efforts in the Triangle, including The Oak City Outreach Center and the Holt Brothers Foundation. According to Powell, photography for “Cooking for a Classic” represents an in-kind donation of approximately $10,000.

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Photo from the 2018 competition by f8 Photo Studios

“Cooking for a Classic” is a three-week, “sweet 16” tournament-style competition that began February 25 and concludes on March 11. Eight of the Triangle’s top chefs compete over the course of six evenings at various locations. Each chef uses secret ingredients to create three dishes per night. Ticketed guests vote anonymously, along with a panel of professional chefs, to determine which competitors move on to the next round. The ultimate prize is a classic car — a restored 1981 Jeep Scrambler — or $15,000 in cash for the team. (Click here for more information.)

“I love this event so much,” Powell said recently. “I am proud to have participated since its inception and I look forward to continuing in my efforts to raise money for such a worthy cause.”

f8 logo for emailAbout f8 Photo Studios

Established in 2004, f8 Photo Studios is one of the leading, award-winning photography studios in North Carolina’s“Triangle” region, specializing in creative wedding photography, portraits, and commercial imagery. Owner Cara Powell has received seven “Best of Weddings” honors from The Knot.com, ultimately garnering induction in The Knot’s Hall of Fame. Through Two Bright Lights (TBL), her work has been published so often that she just received TBL’s coveted Editor’s Choice Award (2019), representing the top 1% of TBL’s extensive membership. Regionally, her work has been featured in a host of publications, including Charleston WeddingsThe Knot magazine, MidtownWalterRaleigh Magazine, and Triangle Business Journal. f8 Photo Studios is located in The Loading Dock at 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Road, No. 115, Raleigh, NC 27604. For more information, visit www.f8photostudios.com.

Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill Welcomes Architect/Author Frank Harmon and ‘Native Places’ February 10

flyleaflogoMulti-award-winning architect/author Frank Harmon, FAIA, who designed the NC Botanical Garden Visitor Education Center on Old Mason Farm Road, will be in Chapel Hill on Sunday, February 10, when Flyleaf Books hosts a special event to celebrate his new book, Native Places: Drawing as a Way of Seeing.

 Free and open to the public, the event will begin at 2 pm when Chapel Hill architect Phil Szostak, FAIA, introduces his friend, colleague, and mentor. Harmon will then discuss the genesis of his book and his passion for sketching in a 20-minute presentation. After a Q&A session with the audience, he will sign copies of Native Places, which will be available for purchase at Flyleaf.

Delight in Ordinary Places:

Published by ORO Editions, Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See is a collection of 64 of Harmon’s watercolor sketches paired with 200-word essays he’s written about architecture, nature, everyday objects and places that first appeared on his popular online journal NativePlaces.org. The sketches convey the delight he finds in ordinary places. The short essays, inspired by the sketches, offer his fresh interpretations of what most people take for granted.

Harmon’s goal for Native Places is, in fact, “to transform the way we see,” he says, and to promote his belief that hand drawing offers “an opportunity to develop a natural grace in the way we view the world and take part in it.” He will explain both concepts in his presentation.

“Each essay and corresponding drawing helped me appreciate the beauty in all types of buildings and the natural world that surrounds them.”

What others are saying about Native Places

In a letter to Harmon, poet, author, and former North Carolina poet laureate Fred Chappell wrote, “Native Places…has afforded me happy pleasures, different from any that I have before derived from a book. It is unusual in many ways, one of which is that it defies strict classification. It is a sketchbook, a memoir, travel journal, aesthetic experiment, a collection of small familiar essays, and maybe in some respects even a manifesto.”

“It’s accessible and beautiful writing that’s thought-provoking, spiritual and uplifting. It’s like he knew what we needed,” said Julieta Sherk, landscape architect, professor, and J. William Fulbright Global Scholar.

And among the many positive reviews on Amazon, one reader offers: “This book is inspiring, educational and uplifting. Each essay and corresponding drawing helped me appreciate the beauty in all types of buildings and the natural world that surrounds them. During these troubled times, we need books like this to remind us to take time to appreciate our surroundings. The combination of Frank Harmon’s artwork and his well-written essays opened my eyes to a new and positive way of viewing architecture and nature.”

Flyleaf Books is located at 752 MLK Jr. Boulevard, Chapel Hill. For more information visit www.flyleafbooks.com (919-942-7373).

For more details on Frank Harmon and Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See, visit the book’s website, nativeplacesthebook.com, and Facebook page.

 

Chapel Hill Architect Arielle Condoret Schechter Receives Houzz® Award

In the Customer Service category for the fourth consecutive year

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Once again,  Houzz® has honored Chapel Hill, NC, architect Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA(right) with a Best of Houzz Award in the Customer Service category.

As in years past, Schechter was selected for the 2019 award by over 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The honor is based largely on reviews her clients submitted to the popular online platform – a total a present of 21 effusive reviews.

houzz badge“Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design, remodeling and other home improvement professionals for their projects,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of  Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winners chosen by our community as their favorites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app.”

Arielle Condoret Schechter is perhaps best known for her expertise in modern, Net Zero/Net Positive Passive residential design. Examples of her work have appeared in a number of publications, blogs, and online galleries, including Architect, Architects + Artisans, Archinect, Architizer, Builder, Chapel Hill MagazineDwell, Freshome, Inhabitat, Raleigh News & Observer, Professional Builder, The Huffington Post, and TechHome.

For more information on the Chapel Hill-based architect and her work, visit www.acsarchitect.com.

About Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA, Architect

Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA, is a licensed, registered architect based in Chapel Hill, NC, who specializes in Modernist, energy-efficient buildings with special expertise in modern Net Zero/Net Positive Passive design. Her body of work includes her Micropolis Houses®, a collection of modern, green, tiny-house plans.  She is a lifelong environmentalist and began practicing green design long before it became mainstream. She is also a lifelong animal advocate. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Arnie, and an assortment of foster animals in the Modern, sustainable house she designed for them. For more information: www.acsarchitect.com.

About Houzz

 Houzz® is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv, and Tokyo. Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

 

Scuppernong Books in Greensboro Welcomes Native Son Frank Harmon and ‘Native Places” on January 27

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FRANK HARMON (Photo by Christine Simeloff)

Multi-award-winning architect Frank Harmon, FAIA, grew up in the 1950s on Rolling Road in Greensboro. In the introduction to his new critically acclaimed book Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See, Harmon relates that he “discovered reading in the Greensboro Public Library” and that he “learned most of what I needed to know to be an architect” playing by his favorite stream, which “ran between rocky banks in East Greenway Park.”

A professor in the NC State University College of Design as well as a practicing architect, Frank Harmon has called Raleigh home for many decades. But on Sunday, January 27, he will return to his hometown when Scuppernong Books hosts a special book-signing event for Native Places and its native son. Free and open to the public, the book-signing event will begin at 3 pm.

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Delight in Ordinary Places:  Published by ORO Editions, Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See is a collection of 64 of Harmon’s watercolor sketches paired with brief essays he’s written about architecture, nature, and everyday objects and places that first appeared on his popular online journal NativePlaces.org. The sketches convey the delight he finds in ordinary places. The short essays, inspired by the sketches, offer his fresh interpretations of what most people take for granted.

Harmon’s goal for Native Places is, in fact, “to transform the way we see,” he says, and to promote his belief that hand drawing offers “an opportunity to develop a natural grace in the way we view the world and take part in it.” He will explain both concepts in his presentation.

What others are saying about Native Places: In a letter to the Harmon, poet, author, and former North Carolina poet laureate Fred Chappell wrote, “Native Places…has afforded me happy pleasures, different from any that I have before derived from a book. It is unusual in many ways, one of which is that it defies strict classification. It is a sketchbook, a memoir, travel journal, aesthetic experiment, a collection of small familiar essays, and maybe in some respects even a manifesto.”

Mike Welton, the architecture critic for the Raleigh News & Observer, calls Harmon’s book “delightful” and suggests that it is “destined to change how we see this world.”

Tom Kundig, FAIA, of Olsen Kundig Architects in Seattle, WA, praises Harmon and his book for “reminding us in brilliant, thoughtful, quiet meditation our unbelievable luck to be alive and to think. A masterful legacy on all levels.”H

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Scuppernong Books is located at 304 South Elm Street. For more information: www.scuppernongbooks.coim (336-763-1919).

For more details on Frank Harmon and Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See, visit the book’s website (nativeplacesthebook.com) and Facebook page.

Charleston’s Blue Bicycle Books Hosts Architect/Author Frank Harmon and ‘Native Places” on January 17th

Architect and author Frank Harmon, FAIA, who designed the modern, award-winning Sunday School addition to the historic Circular Congregational Church in Charleston and the “Seven Sisters” residence on St. Helena Island, will present his new, critically acclaimed book  Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See when Blue Bicycle Books hosts a book-signing event on Thursday, January 17, beginning at 5 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the event will begin with an introduction of the Raleigh, NC-based author by South Carolina architect Whitney Powers. Harmon will then give a presentation about his book and his passion for hand sketching. After a Q&A with the audience, he will sign copies of Native Places, which will be available for purchase in the bookstore.

Frank Harmon bookDelight in Ordinary Places:  Published by ORO Editions, Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See is a collection of 64 of Harmon’s watercolor sketches paired with brief essays he’s written about architecture, everyday objects and sites, and nature that first appeared on his internationally popular blog NativePlaces.org. The sketches convey the delight he finds in ordinary places. The short essays, inspired by the sketches, offer his fresh interpretations of what most people take for granted.

Harmon’s goal for Native Places is, in fact, “to transform the way we see,” he says, and to promote his belief that hand drawing offers “an opportunity to develop a natural grace in the way we view the world and take part in it.” He will explain both concepts in his presentation.

What others are saying about Native Places: In his review of the book, Charles Linn, FAIA, architect, writer, former deputy editor of Architectural Record, wrote, “For those who love drawing, seek enlightenment and inspiration from the things they may pass by every day, and perhaps want to capture them in their own sketchbooks, I give Native Places my highest recommendation.” (Linn also helped Harmon select and organize the sketch-essay pairs for the book.)

Mike Welton, the architecture critic for the Raleigh News & Observer, calls Harmon’s book “delightful” and suggests that it is “destined to change how we see this world.”

Tom Kundig, FAIA, of Olsen Kundig Architects in Seattle, WA, praises Harmon and his book for “reminding us in brilliant, thoughtful, quiet meditation our unbelievable luck to be alive and to think. A masterful legacy on all levels.”

Owned and operated by Jonathan Sanchez, Blue Bicycle Books is located at 420 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403 (843.722.2666); bluebicyclebooks.com.

For more details on Frank Harmon and Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See, visit the book’s website (nativeplacesthebook.com) and Facebook page.