Book Release Party To Celebrate “Drawing From Practice”

Cover Art, "Drawing From Practice," by J. Michael Welton
Cover Art, “Drawing From Practice,” by J. Michael Welton

The event will honor local author Mike Welton and architects who draw by hand.

Frank Harmon, FAIA, will be one of six North Carolina architects honored at Activate14’s Book Release Party to celebrate the publication of the new book Drawing From Practice: Architects and the Meaning of Freehand by J. Michael Welton. The party will take place on Tuesday, May 19, from 6-8 p.m. at the AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design, 14 East Peace Street, in downtown Raleigh.

A Triangle resident, Mike Welton writes about architecture, art, and design for national and international publications, and edits and publishes the digital design magazine Architects + Artisans.

Published by Routledge Press, Drawing from Practice explores and illuminates the ways architects use freehand drawing by featuring drawings and architecture from every generation practicing today, including six North Carolina architects: Frank Harmon, Phil Freelon, Ellen Cassilly, Chad Everhart, Matt Griffith, and Erin Sterling Lewis.

These architects will participate in a panel discussion during the party. Afterwards, they will also be on hand, along with the author, to sign a limited number of books for sale that evening while guests enjoy food and beverages.

Frank Harmon is an architect, educator, and author of the website “Native Places.” As founding principal of the award-winning firm Frank Harmon Architect PA, he has designed modern, sustainable, and regionally appropriate buildings across the Southeast for 30 years, always using hand-drawn sketches. He recently commented on Drawing from Practice:

“Mike’s book is long awaited and warmly received by all those who believe in the value of sketching as a means to explore architectural ideas.”

Activate14 is an AIA North Carolina community outreach initiative headquartered at the Center for Architecture and Design, also featured in the book.

The Book Release Party is free and open to the public, but attendees must first RSVP at (Architects in attendance are eligible for LU credit.)

For directions to the AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design, go to

Click here for more information on Drawing from PracticeArchitects and the Meaning of Freehand.

About Frank Harmon Architect PA:

Founded in 1981, Frank Harmon Architect PA is a design studio of architects, designers, and makers whose work engages pressing contemporary needs, such as sustainability, placelessness, and the restoration of cities and nature. For more information:

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