Frank Harmon Architect PA Makes “Architect 50” List For Third Straight Year

The small Raleigh, NC, firm ranks 21st this year among the top 50 firms in the nation in terms of design quality, sustainability ethos, and profitability.

May 16, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) – For the third consecutive year, Frank Harmon

Frank Harmon, FAIA, principal/founder, Frank Harmon Architect PA © f8 Photo Studios

Architect PA has made Architect magazine’s “Architect 50” list of architectural firms from across the nation, placing 21st.

Architect magazine ranks firms for its annual Architect 50 list based on a composite assessment of the firms’ commitment to sustainability, design quality, and profitability.

“The usual rating of firms by gross billing, number of employees, etc., would not include our firm,” said Frank Harmon, FAIA, principal of Frank Harmon Architect PA. “But when we are rated on design recognition for our clients, sustainability, and financial performance, our firm shows up well.”

“By looking at the whole picture, we’re able to honor not the biggest, but the best,” writes executive editor Amanda Kolson Hurley in the May 2011 edition of the national journal. “The 2011 Architect 50…shows that [architecture] and [architecture/engineering] firms, large and small, can do well in this economy.”

Frank Harmon Architect PA, an intentionally small firm, specializes in modern, sustainable, and regionally appropriate design. Among the firm’s 2010-2011 design awards, its thoroughly “green” Sunday school addition at the Circular Congregational Church in downtown Charleston, SC, received three awards: a national award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture; an AIA NC Honor Award; and an AIA Triangle Honor Award.

Harmon’s firm also received three awards for the Walnut Creek Wetland Center over the past year: an AIA NC Merit Award; an Environmental Design award from the City of Raleigh; and a Sir Walter Award for Community Appearance, also from the City of Raleigh.

The only other North Carolina firm to make the 2011 list is Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee of Raleigh and Asheville, at 23rd.

For more information on Frank Harmon Architect PA, visit

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About Frank Harmon Architect PA:

Frank Harmon Architect PA is an award-winning architectural firm that is recognized nationally as a leader in modern, innovative, sustainable and regionally appropriate design. Its competition-winning design for the AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design  is currently under construction in downtown Raleigh. The firm’s work has been featured in numerous books, magazines, journals and online magazines on architecture, including, Dwell, Architectural Record, Architect, Residential Architect, and Recently, Frank Harmon, FAIA, founder and principal, was included in Residential Architect magazine’s “RA 50: The short list of architects we love.” For more information, go to

“Nothing In Particular” Author To Speak at Raleigh Women’s Book Club

Humor writer Cris Cohen will visit the popular book club twice in May.

Cris Cohen

April 27, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) – Cris Cohen, the author of the humor blog “Nothing In Particular” and the soon-to-be-released book Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, will be the featured guest at two May meetings of the Raleigh Women’s Coffee & Book Club.

Cohen wrote a popular humor column for several newspapers in California before he and his family moved to Cary, NC, in 2008. Since then, he’s been writing “Nothing In Particular: An incomplete waste of time” (, a blog that entertains readers with Cohen’s wry and often hilarious takes on any number of everyday subjects.

Recently, Cohen announced that he plans to publish a book this fall, which will be a collection of some of his best humor columns from his California years as well as new pieces he’s written in Cary. Proceeds from sales of Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane will be donated to a local baseball league for kids with special needs, including his own son, Max. Cohen will publish the book through the small press Tyrannosaurus Max Press that he co-owns with his wife Michele in Cary.

For the Raleigh Women’s Coffee & Book Club meetings on May 17 and May 19, Cohen says he’ll talk about how he got his start in writing for newspapers, the odd and funny experiences he’s had as a writer along the way, and his new journey into the precarious world of self-publishing.

“I appreciate them letting me visit and speak to them. I consider women, coffee, and books to be three key ingredients of happiness. Add in wine and a dessert item and I might stay long enough to warrant having my mail forwarded there,” said Cohen, who has already received endorsements for his book from Pen/Faulkner Award-winning author T.C. Boyle and Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist Dave Barry.

The Tuesday, May 17, Raleigh Women’s Coffee & Book Club meeting will be held at Loco Lu’s Coffeehouse, 5210 Hollyridge Drive. The Thursday, May 19, meeting will be held in the Starbucks at 3800 Lake Boone Trail.

The Raleigh Women’s Coffee & Book Club includes over 450 members ranging in age from 17 to 80. Some members join for the reading recommendations only while others attend the monthly discussions. The group meets at least once a month to share coffee and discuss the latest “book of the month” nominated by members of the club. For more information on the club, email Kimber Conners, book club organizer, at

For more information on Cris Cohen, visit For more information on his upcoming book, go to

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen, the author of the Nothing In Particular blog, was born in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, his wife Michele, and their young son Max moved to Cary, North Carolina, in 2008. Cris’ blog is available at His first book, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, is due out in the fall of 2011.

Metro Magazine To Spotlight Nonprofits’ “Unsung Heroes” In New Column

April 5, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) — Raleigh Metro Magazine senior writer Liza Roberts will debut “Unsung Heroes,” a new column in Metro, beginning in the May 2011 edition.

According to Roberts, “I have been amazed at the number of innovative non-profits that give so much to the Triangle community – from providing vital human services to creating our cultural community — but receive little if no publicity. And behind each organization, caring and energetic individuals remain anonymous. My job will be to identify and profile these ‘unsung heroes’ who do so much to make where we live a better place.”

Lisa Roberts has contributed feature stories for Metro Magazine since 2007. Her pieces range from a wild ride in a single engine plane to view the mysterious “sinkholes” in eastern North Carolina to uncovering the secret recipe and family history behind McNulty’s famous chutney.

Before joining Metro, Roberts wrote and produced news for Bloomberg News, CBS MarketWatch and CNBC. She is the author of the non-fiction book Europe’s A-List, written while she was working in London.

Roberts has three children and is the current president of the Women’s Giving Network of Wake County.

For more information on Raleigh Metro Magazine, visit

About Raleigh Metro Magazine:

Metro Magazine is a leading regional publication with a circulation of 160,000 from the Triangle to the coastal area of North Carolina. Each edition features articles on art, architecture, fashion, food and wine, books and music, film and politics, along with other topics and special sections that appeal to its predominately affluent audience. For more information visit

Third Mannequin Ball To Feature Fashion, Glamour & The Fabulous Puppini Sisters

May 27, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) — From London via New York City, the hottest and hippest retro-glam singers on the scene today – The Puppini Sisters, currently on tour with Cyndi Lauper – will make their Southern debut as headliners for “A Twist of the Big Apple,” the theme for the Third Mannequin Ball set for November 22, 2008 – one of the first events to be held at the new Civic Center in downtown Raleigh.

A portion of the proceeds will go to help The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center and The Raleigh Fine Arts Society in their contributions to medicine and the arts.

Guests to the Ball will be whisked down the red carpet and swept into the thrill of Manhattan, featuring the excitement of the Big Apple’s designer clothing, authentic cuisine and eclectic entertainment.

National and local artists will create art mannequins inspired by this year’s theme. Area clothing retailers will design mannequins to display the latest in fashion trends.

National and regional celebrities and honored guests from previous Balls include Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley; CSI Miami’s Emily Proctor; Trading Space’s Hildi Santo Tomas; Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long and celebrated clothing designer Alexander Julian.

The Mannequin Ball has been called ”the best party in North Carolina” after presenting two precious successful events centered around fashion: Paris After Dark and Midnight in Milan. Ball chairman Katie Reeves says, “That’s because we have raised the bar. It’s a first-class party with first-class celebrities, food, music and sponsors – and first-class guests. The Mannequin Ball demonstrates that Raleigh is now a world-class city.”

The 2008 Mannequin Ball is presented by Raleigh Metro Magazine. For more information on becoming a sponsor or purchasing tickets to Ball, contact Katie Poole at 919-831-0999 or via email at Information and updates about the event are available at


Carolinas ASID Designer Showhouse Selects Metro Magazine for Program Sponsor

February 13, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) — The Woman’s Club of Raleigh and the Carolinas Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) have chosen Metro Magazine ( as the Program Sponsor for the 2008 Designer Showhouse scheduled for May 10 through June 1. The event will showcase two state-of-the art townhouses in Ramblewood at North Hills in Raleigh. Each room in the town houses will be designed and furnished by area members of ASID. Proceeds will benefit Hospice of Wake County as well as other community organizations and programs supported by the Woman’s Club of Raleigh.

As Program Sponsor, Metro will create the official printed guide to the Showhouse, which will include photographs and descriptions of the rooms as well as advertising opportunities for related businesses, individuals and industries.

Metro Magazine is a leading regional publication with circulation of 160,000 from the Triangle to the coastal area of North Carolina. Each edition features articles on architecture, interior design and historic preservation, along with other topics that appeal to its predominately affluent audience.

The Woman’s Club of Raleigh (WCR) is coordinating the Showhouse project. A non-profit corporation, the Club’s 400 volunteers raise approximately $200,000 and contribute 30,000 hours of volunteer service to the community each year. The Raleigh club last presented a Showhouse in 2005 and Metro served as program sponsor for that one. (To access coverage of the 2005 Show House, visit

The WCR is partnering with the Carolinas Chapter of the ASID. ASID is the largest professional organization for interior designers in the US with over 34,500 members who have passed its acceptance standards. Each of the participating designers will be responsible for the design and décor of a specific area in one of the townhouses.

The finished townhouses will open first to sponsors and invited members of the community at an evening Designer Showhouse Preview Party on May 9. The Showhouse will open to the public daily from Saturday, May 10 through Sunday, June 1. Hours will be: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday; from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets will be $20 each at the door but can be purchased in advance for $15 per person.

Find more information about the Woman’s Club of Raleigh 2008 ASID Designer Showhouse at or call the WCR at 919-782-5599.

For information about advertising in the ASID Designers Showhouse official program, contact Katie Reeves at 919-831-0999 or email: