Raleigh Design Firm Named To Top 50

harmon_designFrank Harmon Architect PA, a Raleigh, NC-based architectural firm, has been named one of the top 50 design firms in the nation, according to Architect Magazine’s 2009 “Architect 50” ranking.

The journal’s annual ranking of the top U.S. firms is intended to promote “a more well-rounded definition of success,” according to senior editor Amanda Kolson Hurley. “The criteria for inclusion comprise a trifecta of critical goals for every practice: profitability, sustainability, and design quality.”

Harmon’s small firm, headquartered in a revamped warehouse in downtown Raleigh, was selected as the “Top Firm of the Year” in 2005 by Residential Architect. In 2008, an award-winning “green” vacation home in the Bahamas Harmon designed was included in a Wall Street Journal list of “the most influential and inspiring houses built during the past decade.” That same project was featured in a special exhibit on green architecture in the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Harmon’s firm has received more North Carolina design awards than any
other firm in the state and recently won three national accolades: two
Custom Homes Magazine’s 2009 Design Awards for residences in Raleigh,
NC, and Charleston, SC, and an American Institute of Architect’s 2009 Housing Award for the Charleston home.

“Most ranking of firms is by dollar volume,” observed Frank Harmon, who is also an adjunct professor of architecture at the North Carolina State University College of Design. “The Architect ranking, by contrast, includes design and sustainability, two things we love best.”

Harmon’s firm ranks 26th. The only other North Carolina firm to make the list is Little Diversified Architectural Consultants in Charlotte at 43rd.

Frank Harmon is recognized nationally as a leader in innovative, modern, and regionally inspired “green” architecture, and every project from his firm embraces the principles of sustainability. The Raleigh architect’s work has been featured in numerous magazines, journals, and books on the subject and he is a regular speaker at design conferences and conventions across the country.

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