Former intern becomes full-time project designer at award-winning firm.
April 11, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) – Frank Harmon, FAIA, founder and principal of the award-winning architectural firm Frank Harmon Architect PA in Raleigh, is pleased to announce that Jacob Burke has joined the firm as a full-time project designer.
A fourth generation Texan and woodworking enthusiast, Burke received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, then moved in Anchorage, Alaska. And it was in Alaska that he discovered his passion for architecture.
“I wanted to work with my hands and eventually realized that the process of planning or designing my own work was something that I enjoyed,” he said. “In architecture, there is a possibility for connection to materials and the natural world that psychology or business doesn’t foster. In Alaska, it became a real possibility for my wife and me to build our own house. Researching house construction and design is when I made the jump from furniture and woodworking to architecture.”
So he entered North Carolina State University’s College of Design.
“On my arrival at school, I realized that architectural theory can be highly analytical, dealing with many of the same abstract reasoning and processes of psychological theory,” he said. “Architecture, to this point, is a good pairing of the connection to the physical world and theory.”
Burke worked as an architectural intern in Frank Harmon’s office while he was in school. After he received his Master of Architecture degree in December of 2013, he joined the firm as a full-time architect.
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About Frank Harmon Architect PA:
Frank Harmon, FAIA, principal of Frank Harmon Architect PA in Raleigh, NC, is also a Professor in Practice at NC State University. In 2011, his firm was ranked 21st out of the top 50 firms in the nation by Architect magazine and Harmon was included in Residential Architect’s recent “RA 50: The short list of architects we love.” His firm’s work has been featured in numerous books, magazines, journals and online magazines on architecture, including ArchDaily.com, Dwell, Architectural Record, Architect, and Residential Architect. For more information: