Frank Harmon Selected As Commencement Speaker

Frank Harmon, FAIA
Frank Harmon, FAIA

December 10, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) –  Frank Harmon, FAIA, an award-winning “green” architect and Professor in Practice at N.C. State University’s College of Design, will deliver the commencement address for the College’s December graduates, dean Marvin Malecha  announced recently.

College of Design commencement exercises will take place December 17 at 1:30 p.m. in Stewart Theatre in N.C. State’s Talley Student Center.

“Frank has gained a national reputation for his work and is now a regular speaker at universities and conference programs around the country,” Melecha said. “He has built a reputation for environmentally sensitive work that is underpinned by a deep understanding of regionalism and a special care for craft. His accomplishments have reflected well on our community.”

Harmon is a 1961 graduate of N.C. State University. He joined the College of Design’s architecture department faculty in 1985. He has also served as a visiting critic at Columbia University, the University of Toronto, the University of Virginia, UNC-Charlotte, the University of Liverpool, and Cambridge University. In 1995 he received the Kamphoefner Prize For Distinguished Design Over A Ten-Year Period, an annual honoring the founding dean of the College of Design, Henry Kamphoefner.

A fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Frank Harmon founded his firm, Frank Harmon Architect PA, in 1985. Since then, he has become a nationally recognized leader in sustainable, regional design. His work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibits on the subject, including the book The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and a special exhibit on green architecture at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

From 2005-2007 he served on the United States General Services Administration’s National Register of Peer Professionals, which strives to improve the quality of public buildings.

Last year, he received First Place in a professional competition to design a new, thoroughly sustainable headquarters facility for the AIA’s North Carolina component, to be built in downtown Raleigh, which dean Melecha says he believes “will be recognized internationally.”

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