Sustainable by Example: Frank Harmon To Address Richmond Conference

Future AIA/NC Headquarters
Future AIA/NC Headquarters

November 7, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – Raleigh-based architect Frank Harmon, FAIA, principal of the multi-award-winning firm Frank Harmon Architect, will be in Richmond, Virginia, on November 13 and 14 to present a special seminar to the 21st annual Architecture Exchange East conference, sponsored by the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects (AIA/VA).

Calling his presentation “Sustainable By Example: A Case Study,” Harmon will use his design for the new, “green” headquarters for AIA/North Carolina to be built in downtown Raleigh as a case study to demonstrate how architects “can – and must – take an innovative, leadership role to drastically reduce their buildings’ carbon footprints and leave the land better than they found it,” he said.

Harmon’s firm was one of many who competed in a professional design competition for the AIA/NC project last year. When Harmon’s design received First Place, the judges praised it for being “of its place,” for making good use of a difficult site, for integrating sustainable design principles rather than using them as applique, and for “embracing the community.”

According to Harmon, his firm’s design “aspires to become a role model for healthy urbanism and future development in downtown Raleigh.” The overriding objective is to demonstrate and encourage aesthetic and ecological integrity – to create a flagship for North Carolina architecture that is architecturally, environmentally, politically, socially and aesthetically inspiring,”

Frank Harmon will present his seminar on Friday, November 14, from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. in the Greater Richmond Convention Center at 403 North 3rd Street in Richmond.

Architecture Exchange East is the Mid-Atlantic’s premier conference and expo for the design and construction industry. The 2008 event will offer more than 70 seminars and workshops as well as tours and exhibits. For more information, visit

For more information on Frank Harmon and the AIA/NC headquarters project, visit


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