Frank Harmon To Lecture In Nova Scotia

Raleigh architect to address Dalhousie University’s School of Architecture

Frank Harmon, FAIA

February 4, 2011 (RALEIGH, NC) – Frank Harmon, FAIA, principal of the award-winning firm Frank Harmon Architect PA in Raleigh, NC, will present a lecture at the Dalhousie University School of Architecture in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Monday, February 28, followed by studio critiques on Tuesday, March 1.


Brian MacKay-Lyons, principal of internationally renowned MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects in Halifax and a professor of architecture at Dalhousie, invited Harmon to present a lecture on “Place Making.”  Harmon and his wife, landscape architect Judy Harmon, will be MacKay-Lyons’ guests at his farm in Kingsburg over the weekend leading up to the lecture.


MacKay-Lyons is one of three fellow architects whose work Frank Harmon often references in seminars on the importance of regionalism in the process of creating innovative, sustainable, and appropriate contemporary design. He uses his own work along with that of by MacKay-Lyons, Glenn Murcutt of Australia, and Rick Joy of Tuscon, Arizona, to illustrate elements and themes that run through regionally appropriate architecture. According to Harmon, those elements include landscape, materials and construction, weather and climate, roof forms that shelter or collect rainwater, and clients.


Harmon and MacKay-Lyons were included in Residential Architect magazine’s “RA 50: The Short List of Architects We Love,” published in the November/December edition, as was Glenn Murcutt. For more information on Frank Harmon, visit For more information on Brian MacKay-Lyons, visit


Founded in 1749, Dalhousie is one of Canada’s top research and teaching universities. Its School of Architecture offers professional education in architecture and planning to students from Canada, the United States and abroad.


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, an annual rating that emphasizes ecological commitment and design quality as much as profitability. Recent projects that blend modern, regionally appropriate architecture with stewardship of the natural environment include Duke University’s Ocean Science Teaching Center in Beaufort, the NC Botanical Garden’s new Visitors Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Walnut Creek Wetlands Center in Raleigh. His firm’s design of the thoroughly green AIA North Carolina headquarters building in downtown Raleigh is under construction. Harmon’s work has been featured in numerous books, magazines and journals on architecture, including Dwell, Architectural Record, Architect, and Residential Architect. For more information, go to