3D Printing Showcase, Seminar in Downtown Raleigh

Activate 14 continues community outreach at AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design

Activate 14, a community outreach initiative Activate 14of the American Institute of Architects’ North Carolina chapter (AIA NC), will host a 3D Printing Seminar and Open House on Thursday, April 16th, from 4-7 p.m., at the AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design, 14 East Peace Street, in downtown Raleigh.

The event is free and open to the public, but participants are asked to RSVP at activate14.eventbrite.com.

During the open house, architects, designers, and professors will share their applications of additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing. Models and a maker-bot will be on hand for viewing and demonstrations.

The seminar, from 5:30-6:15 p.m., will address how 3D printing is impacting architecture and design. Speakers include:

  • David Hill, AIA, Associate Professor of Architecture, NC State University College of Design
  • Lee Cherry, Research Associate in Art and Design, NCSU College of Design Graduate Program
  • Chris Beorkrem, Associate Professor at the UNC-Charlotte School of Architecture’
  • Aly Khalifa, co-founder of DesignBox in Raleigh and Lyf Shoes (“the digital cobbler”)
  • Jay Smith, AIA, of Duda Paine Architects in Durham.

Architects in attendance may receive one HSW Continuing Education credit.

This event is part of Activate 14’s ongoing mission to strengthen the civic role of architecture and design in the community. For more information and to keep up with future events, visit activate14.com.

About Activate 14

Activate 14 is an outreach initiative from AIA NC to strengthen the civic role of architecture and design in the community by organizing events and discussions to accomplish these goals:

  1. Promote the Center for Architecture and Design as a public resource.
  2. Engage architects, artists and designers in exploring “big picture” questions.
  3. Convene the public around environmental and social issues.


Each event is a call-to-action for those interested in building community. Events are designed to empower people to make a difference in shaping the world around them. Visit activate14.com and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/activate14.

Frank Harmon To Address Wisconsin Audience for AIA Lecture Series

Raleigh architect will discuss modern, sustainable, regionally appropriate design in

Frank Harmon, FAIA


February 18, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) — Frank Harmon, FAIA, principal of Frank Harmon Architects PA in Raleigh, will be the featured speaker for the Wright Lecture Series in Madison, Wisconsin, on March 10, beginning 7 p.m. in the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center.

Harmon will also serve as a juror for the AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program.

Frank Harmon is a multi-award-winning leader in modern, innovative, sustainable, and regionally appropriate architecture, and he frequently lectures on the subject “Place Making: America’s New Regionalism.” The AIA Wisconsin lecture will follow a similar presentation he is making at the Dalhousie University School of Architecture in Nova Scotia on February 28.

Both lectures will discuss how regional architecture can produce high-performance, or sustainable, buildings by addressing context, materials, textures, colors and form particular to the region in which they are built, using both traditional and non-traditional methods.

“I believe that one of the primary goals of architecture is to make it possible for people to understand the world around them,” Harmon says. “If we sense that a building is rooted in the earth and warmed by the sun, that fresh air flows through its windows and its materials are friendly to the touch, then we may feel that the building belongs to its place, and so do we.”

The Wright Lecture Series is sponsored by AIA Southwest Wisconsin, the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Heritage Program.

Harmon’s lecture free and open to the public. For more information on the entire series, visit www.aiaw.org.

For more information on Frank Harmon, visit www.frankharmon.com.

About Frank Harmon, FAIA:

Frank Harmon, FAIA, is a Professor in Practice at NC State University and was the 1995 recipient of the Kamphoefner Prize for Distinguished Design over a Ten-Year Period. He founded his firm, Frank Harmon Architect PA, in 1985. In 2010, his firm was ranked 13th out of the top 50 firms in the nation by Architect magazine, and was included in Residential Architect magazine’s “RA 50: The Short List of Architects We Love.” Harmon’s work has been featured in numerous books, magazines and journals on architecture, including Dwell, Architectural Record, Architect, Residential Architect and Environmental Design + Construction. For more information, go to www.frankharmon.com.