• AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design in Raleigh, North Carolina by Frank Harmon Architect PA.

    Credit: Courtesy Frank Harmon Architect

    AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design in Raleigh, North Carolina by Frank Harmon Architect PA.

Located at a busy intersection in downtown Raleigh, the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIANC) Center for Architecture and Design is the first-ever AIA chapter headquarters built from the ground up. Clad in cypress and other locally available materials, the 12,000-square-foot building also is a flagship for the future of sustainable design. Frank Harmon Architect PA, Raleigh, was selected as the Center’s architect of record, topping more than 70 other firms in a statewide design competition. Principal Frank Harmon said his company’s design deliberately emphasizes building materials that are sustainable and that reflect the history and heritage of the Tarheel state. Included in that mix is locally sourced cypress, which is a signature feature of the Center’s southern and northern facades.Aided in part by its use of cypress, the Center for Architecture and Design meets design standards set by the AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE), as well as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program at the Platinum level—the highest level of recognition.

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