Frank Harmon, Raleigh Architects Take Honors in AIA NC Headquarters Sustainable Design Competition

Peace Street's AIA Headquarter's Design Chosen

January, 24, 2008, by David

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The North Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects recently held a state-wide design competition to choose an architect for a new headquarters building, which will be located in Downtown Raleigh.  Local architecture studio, Frank Harmon, Architect, took first place honors and dibs on the contract for the project.  There were 69 Entries from across the state. 

A well-rounded jury panel was selected to judge the competition, and included distinguished architects from across the country.  William McMinn, FAIA served as the Competition Advisor, and delivered the keynote speech at the reception last night, held at the Progress Energy Center.  The jury (shown below in order) included M. David Lee, FAIA, a private practitioner in Boston who serves as an architecture professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design; Allison Ewing, AIA, a former principal at William McDonough + Partners; Daniel Bennett, FAIA, the Dean of Architecture at Auburn University ; and Susan Maxman, FAIA, who founded SMP Architects in Philadelphia, and served as the Jury’s chairperson for the competition.  Mack Scogin, FAIA, a distinguished professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, was unfortunately unable to attend. 

The winners of the competition panned out as follows:

Merit: Angerio Design - Raleigh
Merit: Matthews Architecture - Asheville
Merit: LS3P - Wilmington
Third Place Honors: Kenneth Hobgood Architects - Raleigh
Second Place Honors: Pearce Brinkley Cease & Lee - Raleigh
First Place Honors: Frank Harmon, Architect - Raleigh

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1st: Frank Harmon

2nd: PBC+L

3rd: Ken Hobgood

Merit: LS3P

Merit: Matthews

Merit: Angerio Design

Vernacular Studio Entry

Duda Paine Entry

Tonic Design Entry

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  • brian_M
    01/25 12:13 AM

    That is fantastic news. A beautiful contemporary building, right across from Peace College…this is sure to show up all the stuff that’s getting ready to be built next to it in the direction of Blount and Person streets.

  • RaleighRob
    01/25 01:44 PM

    Kudos to the winner!  Love the green/enviro-friendly elements of the building.  Can’t wait to see this happen.

  • Cydney
    01/25 01:53 PM

    Impressive that all three prizes were awarded to Raleigh firms! There were a lot of nice boards and I hope they will be on display in the coming weeks so more people can see them first-hand.

    One note… although the LS3P Raleigh office submitted an entry, the LS3P submission that received a merit award came from Roger Leeson in the Wilmington office.

  • Jedidiah
    01/25 07:24 PM

    Funny anecdote to add. 

    Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the ceremony because of sickness, but did pop out of the house at about midnight for a store run and happened to drive past Harmon’s house. 

    I thought maybe there would be a large party there considering he had just won possibly the largest competition in North Carolina’s architectural history.  As I drove by, all I saw was Harmon, standing in his kitchen washing dishes.  It was a good feeling.  He lives downtown, his office is downtown and to my knowledge he has no buildings downtown but is one of the most famous architects in North Carolina.  It seemed fitting that cleaning the dishes was a nice way to end the night from the competition win earlier in the night.  Clean sweep.

  • Jeremy
    01/25 08:46 PM

    YAY Frank.  I love his Studio!

  • erg
    01/29 12:13 AM

    he was on the story with dick gordon today.

  • Chuck
    01/29 02:27 PM

    @Jedidiah: Harmon doesn’t live downtown, he lives over near State. And his office is in Boylan Heights. I can’t see how either of those are truly “downtown.”

  • Jedidiah
    01/29 02:37 PM

    Oh my, the semantics of what is truly downtown.  This discussion could go forever. 

    The grid IS proper downtown, but in my humble opinion, anything you can walk (or bike) from the capital building to in under 20 or 30 minutes (which i do daily) is “downtown” and Frank’s office and house both fit this criteria.

    No reason to start this kind of discussion on a thread that is about an architecture competition, not about downtown boundary settings.

  • Rusty
    01/29 06:16 PM

    Raleigh has a desperate need for good design downtown. Frank is great architect, and I’m happy to see him get this opportunity.

    Hopefully the building will accomplish all the AIA plans for it… The city of Raleigh, and State of North Carolina for that matter will most certainly benefit from renewed dialog with the architectural community. (And of course, vice versa)

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