Webinar - Book Talk: Native Places with Frank Harmon

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    Thursday, May 21 2020

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Celebrated architect and author Frank Harmon, FAIA, wants to change the way we observe the world around us. That’s why he started his online journal five years ago. That’s also why many posts from that journal became his new book Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See, published by ORO Editions.

The book is a collection of 64 of Harmon’s watercolor sketches - of buildings, landscapes and cityscapes, everyday objects and ordinary places - paired with brief essays inspired by those sketches. The sketches, some as much as 30 years old, convey the delight he finds in each subject. The short essays elucidate ideas and thoughts sparked by those images.

During his lecture, Harmon reads excerpts from Native Places and shares examples of his own architectural work to illustrate how sketching has always been his “way to see.” Afterwards, he will take questions from attendees.

This event is part of the architect/author’s year-long book tour for Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See. For more information on Frank Harmon and his book, and to purchase the book, visit Native, the online journal that inspired the book, features new sketch-essay pairings every two weeks. To subscribe, visit

Presented by: Frank Harmon, FAIA  

Raleigh, North Carolina-based architect Frank Harmon, FAIA, discovered architecture as a child playing in the streams and woods of his native Greensboro. For 30 years, he designed sustainable, modern buildings that engage pressing contemporary issues such as “placelessness,” sustainability, and restoration of cities and nature. His buildings are specific to their sites, use materials that connect them to their particular landscapes, and embody the vernacular legacy of the South while maintaining a distinguished modernism. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Harmon is a graduate of the Architectural Association in London, an AIA NC Gold Medal recipient, and a popular professor of architecture at NC State University’s College of Design. He has also taught at the Architectural Association and served as visiting critic at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Virginia. He continues to serve as a visiting critic at Auburn University’s renowned Rural Studio.

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how drawing can truly change our perception and memory of space;

  • Identify techniques in which writing can help clarify our design ideas;

  • Identify new ways of communicating effectively with clients and public officials; and

  • Explain the concept that writing and drawing will help us discover and express the intangibles that produce good design.