On Monday, October 15, Join AIA Southern Arizona and the University of Arizona College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture at 6:00 PM the Cultures of Place lecture “Drawing as Way to See,” presented by Frank Harmon
Frank Harmon, FAIA, has designed sustainable modern buildings across the Southeast for 30 years. He discovered architecture as a child playing in the streams and woods of his native Greensboro, North Carolina. His work engages pressing contemporary issues such as placelessness, sustainability, and restoration of cities and nature. The buildings he designs are specific to their sites and use materials such as hurricane-felled cypress and rock from local quarries to connect them to their landscapes. Airy breezeways, outdoor living spaces, deep overhangs, and wide lawns embody the vernacular legacy of the South while maintaining a distinguished modernism. Frank is a graduate of the Architectural Association in London and a professor at the North Carolina State University College of Design. He has taught at the Architectural Association and has served as a visiting critic at Harvard, the University of Virginia, and Auburn University’s Rural Studio. His buildings are frequently published and have garnered over 200 design awards. He recently received the AIANC Gold Medal for Architectural Design. His book, Native Places, Drawing as a Way to See, will be published by Oro Publications in September, 2018.
The 2018-2019 School of Architecture Lecture Series will train attention on the ways we define “place”. Experience of place springs simultaneously from sensual perception of the environment and our ecological habitat and from the cultural constructions of our social milieu, including cultures of building and making. “Place” may occur for us in nature, in the city, or in our professional lives. Join us for a thorough examination of the places each of us inhabits, the cultures that condition and interpret them, and the role architecture can play as a lens onto our world and a portal to the future.