L.A. Transplant Joins NCSU College of Design

pod_Doug at desjDoug Pierson, AIA, to teach third-year architecture design studio.

Architect Douglas Pierson, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, principal and co-founder of the award-winning firm pod architecture + design in Carrboro, NC, will begin teaching a third-year design studio this month for the Department of Architecture, North Carolina State University, College of Design. He will be joined by fellow third-year instructors Matthew Griffith of In Situ and Don Kranbuehl of Clark Nexen.

 Originally from Washington, DC, Pierson attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and the Lettres program at the Université Paul Valéry in Montpelier, France, before earning his Masters in Architecture degree at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

Pierson spent the early years of his career with architecture firms in Europe and Australia before joining Hodgetts and Fung Design Associates in Culver City, CA. His next move was to Frank Gehry’s Los Angeles office Gehry Partners LLP before he and his partner/wife, Youn Choi, launched pod a+d in LA. Choi is an accomplished environmental graphics designer.

In 2016, the couple moved their family and firm to Carrboro, where they pursue modern, progressive academic, commercial, civic, cultural, and residential projects. Among their completed projects are such award-winning, nationally acclaimed buildings as Connie & Ted’s restaurant in West Hollywood, CA, and The Green Building, the first LEED Platinum building in downtown Louisville, KY. Their work has been featured in numerous newspaper, journals, and magazines.

The third-year design studio introduces Doug Pierson to the faculty and students at the NCSU College of Design.

 For more information on Pierson and pod a+d, visit www.podand.com.

About pod architecture + design:

pod a+d offers all architectural design services that connect building, environment, and identity because we believe in the integration of architecture and design disciplines throughout our projects.  Exteriors, interiors, engineering, furnishings and finishes, equipment, financial feasibility, scheduling, construction, and the environmental context – these are the contributing elements that inform our integrated approach to each architectural project’s design.  More information: www.podand.com.

Triangle Modernist Houses’ Founder Addresses NCSU Class

George Smart will present talk, house tour for College of Design  Students

July 4, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) – George Smart, founder and director of the award-winning non-profit organization Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), will be a guest lecturer for a summer class in the NC State University College of Design on July 5th.

On July 6th, Smart will take the same class on a tour of Modernist houses in Raleigh from 4-8 p.m.

Architect and Professor in Practice Frank Harmon, FAIA, is teaching the class, along with School of Architecture Professor Margret Kentgens-Craig, PhD.  Harmon and Kentgens-Craig invited Smart to give his signature presentation, “Mayberry Modernism,” to their class and to conduct the tour of Modernist homes in the Raleigh area.

“No one has done more to promote and celebrate modernism in North Carolina than George Smart,” said Frank Harmon. “He is a treasure.”

Launched in 2007, Triangle Modernist Houses is dedicated to documenting, preserving and promoting modernist residential design. Through Smart’s direction and research, TMH’s website is now the largest single archive of modernist residential design in the nation. TMH also conducts a host of activities around modernist houses including single- and multi-home tours throughout the year.

“NCSU’s College of Design has been a partner in building the TMH archives since day one,” Smart said, “so I’m honored to give back by speaking and helping to arrange a house tour for the students.”

Among other accolades, Smart recently received a 2011 Preservation Durham Advocacy Award Advocacy Award.

For more information on TMH, visit www.trianglemodernisthouses.com.

Frank Harmon Architect PA Project Designer Accepted at Harvard

Will Lambeth will enter Harvard University’s Graduate School

Will Lambeth

of Design.

May 11, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) – Frank Harmon Architect PA is pleased to announce that project designer Will Lambeth has been accepted into the graduate program in Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

For the past four years, Lambeth has worked in Frank Harmon’s award-winning firm on a variety of significant projects, including the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science’s Prairie Ridge Eco-station in Raleigh, the North Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architect’s new Center for Architecture & Design in downtown Raleigh, and the Children’s Learning Center at the North Carolina Zoological Garden in Asheboro, NC. His most recent project, the Lath House at the JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, won a merit award from the Triangle section of the AIA in April 2011 and was published in ArchDaily.com, an international online architecture magazine.

A Greensboro, NC native, Will Lambeth joined Frank Harmon Architect PA as an intern architect in May 2009 after working part-time for the firm for two years. He was the 2009 valedictorian graduate of the NC State College of Design, Bachelor of Architecture program, where he received the Faculty Award for design excellence. He studied at the Prague Institute in 2007.

Lambeth’s areas of expertise include digital and physical modeling, graphic design, schematic design, and site analysis.

“I’ve learned so much about life and architecture working at FHA,” Lambeth said. “The firm has been like a family to me.”

“We are very proud of Will and wish him great success at Harvard,” said Frank Harmon, FAIA. “We look forward to seeing his future work.”

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

About Frank Harmon Architect PA:

Frank Harmon Architect PA is an award-winning architectural firm located in Raleigh, NC, and recognized nationally as a leader in modern, innovative, sustainable and regionally appropriate design. For the third consecutive year, the firm is ranked as one of the Top 50 Firms in the nation by Architect magazine, and Frank Harmon, FAIA, founder and principal, was included in Residential Architect’s recent “RA 50: The short list of architects we love.” The firm’s work has been featured in numerous books, magazines, journals and online magazines on architecture, including ArchDaily.com, Dwell, Architectural Record, Architect, and Residential Architect. For more information, go to www.frankharmon.com.