in the Public Realm
Cocktails & Conversations

May 6, 2016 Center for Architecture, New York City

The Pairing:
Frank Harmon, Frank Harmon Architect
Suzanne Stephens, Architectural Record

Cocktail designed by:
Eben Klemm, Bartender + Author

Frank Harmon, FAIA Frank Harmon Architect

Frank Harmon has designed sustainable modern buildings across the Southeast for 30 years. His work engages pressing contemporary issues, such as placelessness, sustainability, and restoring cities and nature. His Center for Architecture and Design in Raleigh, NC, is the first AIA headquarters in the nation to be built from the ground up. His Iron Studio for the Penland School of Crafts doubled school enrollment and gained national recognition for the program. His Sunday school addition to the historic Circular Church in Charleston, SC, established a place for modernism in a city renowned for historic preservation.

Harmon's buildings are always specific to their region, using hurricane-felled cypress, for example, and rock from local quarries to connect the structure to its landscape. Their airy breezeways, outdoor living spaces, deep overhangs, and extensions into the landscape embody the romanticism of the South while maintaining a distinguished modernism. Harmon’s students, peers, and clients recognize him as a creative force for good design. He holds numerous awards that recognize his contributions to design and sustainability. His firm has been named to Architect Magazine's "Top 50" list three times for design, sustainability and community engagement. In 2013, he received AIA North Carolina’s Gold Medal, the highest honor AIANC bestows, in recognition of "a distinguished career or extraordinary accomplishments as an architect."

A graduate of the Architectural Association in London, Harmon is an adjunct professor at the NC State University College of Design. He has taught at the Architectural Association, and he has been a visiting critic at Harvard, the University of Virginia, and the Rural Studio at Auburn University. He is also a primary contributor to Activate 14, an AIANC initiative to educate the public on the benefits of good design and sustainability through a series of summer events and design competitions.

Suzanne Stephens Architectural Record

Suzanne Stephens Deputy Editor of Architectural Record, has been a writer, editor, and critic in the field of architecture for several decades. She has PhD in architectural history from Cornell University, and teaches a seminar in the history of architectural criticism in the architecture program of Barnard and Columbia colleges. In addition, Stephens is the architectural advisor to Checkerboard Film Foundation, which produced the film series,Landmarks in 21st Century American Architecture. She was the lead author of Imagining Ground Zero: Official and Unofficial Proposals for the World Trade Center Site, published in 2004 by Architectural Record and Rizzoli International. Currently, Stephens serves on the board of directors of the Sir John Soane Museum Foundation in New York, and is a Life Trustee of the New York Architectural League.

Eben Klemm, Bartender & Author

Eben Klemm, a former research biologist, is especially interested in encouraging knowledge among bartenders concerning the basic chemical and physics principals that affect the materials they use in order to better understand the techniques they use. Klemm and his cocktails have been featured in such diverse local and national publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Food and Wine, Time Out New York, Popular Science, and Playboy. He has also made televised appearances include The Today Show, CBS’s Early Show and ABC 20/20. His cocktail book for beginners, The Cocktail Primer, was published in December by Andrews McNeel.


Store Rum Agricole in freezer

In a rocks glass:
Squeeze in half a lime and drop in husk.
Add 1/2 oz Demara sugar and muddle to paste. Let sit.
Add 1-1/2 ounces cold rum and two sprigs each mint and arugula. Gently remuddle.