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Since: Aug 09
May 24, 2012 (Raleigh, NC)– Frank Harmon Architect PA, a multi-award winning architectural firm in Raleigh, NC, will host Opening Night of “Modernism at Risk: Modern Solutions for Saving Modern Landmarks,” an international architectural photography exhibit that will be on display in the new AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design in Raleigh June 1-9.
Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), the non-profit organization that archives, preserves and promotes modernist residential design, is bringing the exhibit to Raleigh, and has invited modernist architects in the Triangle to participate by hosting individual nights that it is on display. Frank Harmon, FAIA, who designed the new AIA NC Center, chose opening night, June 1, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Harmon will have samples of his work on display and be on hand to talk with those to attend opening night.
“Modern architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Rudolph Schindler, George Matsumoto, and Harwell Hamilton Harris, were the inspiration for my career as an architect,” said Harmon.“Now, sadly, many of their buildings are endangered, and my goal in sponsoring 'Modernism At Risk' is to insure that buildings by these and other great modern architects survive to inspire future generations.”
A project of the World Monuments Fund,“Modernism at Risk” consists of 27 large-scale photographs, by noted photographer Andrew Moore, representing five case studies that explore the role designers play in preserving Modern landmarks. Two points central to the exhibit are:(1) engaging a larger public to care about modern buildings, and (2) demonstrating that these buildings can continue to be economically and functionally viable.
Exclusively for this exhibit, North Carolina State University is allowing TMH to display six architectural models rarely, if ever, seen by the public.
“Nothing teaches us about the history of architecture as much as walking through a building,” said Harmon, whose firm is known nationally for modern, sustainable, regionally appropriate design.“If we are to learn the lessons and promise of modernism, we need the buildings here to teach us.”
A Professor in Practice at NC State University’s College of Design, Harmon also lives in a modern house near the university in Raleigh that he designed, with gardens designed by his wife, Judy Harmon, ASLA.
Tickets to “Modernism at Risk’s” Opening Night are $6.95 in advance and $10 at the door.(Since the exhibit is being held in the new AIA NC headquarters, AIA members in good standing will receive free admission June 2-9, but not on Opening Night.) For more information and to reserve tickets, go to http://www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/atrisk... .
For more information on Frank Harmon Architect PA, visit www.frankharmon.com .
About Frank Harmon Architect PA:
Frank Harmon Architect PA, a multi-award-winning firm headquartered in downtown Raleigh, is recognized nationally as a leader in innovative, modern, and regionally inspired “green” architecture. This year the firm was ranked 22nc 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. Frank Harmon was also included in Residential Architect magazine’s “RA 50: a short list of architects we love.” Recent projects include Duke University’s Ocean Science Teaching Center in Beaufort, the NC Botanical Garden’s new Visitors Education Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Merchants Millpond Outdoor Educational building in Gatesville, N.C. The firm’s work has been featured in numerous books, magazines and journals on architecture, including Dwell, Architectural Record, Architect, Residential Architect, and ArchDaily. For more information, go to www.frankharmon.com .
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