Abie Harris

After graduating from NC State’s School of Design, I won the Paris Prize in Architecture, a national award which enabled me to travel in Europe and study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. I taught in the College of Design, co-founded the architectural firm Envirotek, and for thirty-two years helped plan the NC State University main and Centennial campuses. I retired as University Architect Emeritus in 1998. I was named a fellow in the American Institute of Architects for my work in campus planning and my architectural drawings were donated to the D.H. Hill Library’s Special Collections.

My drawings have been widely published, and are in private and corporate collections, and have been exhibited at NC State, Duke, Columbia, Miami universities and at the Raleigh Municipal Building, Zely & Ritz Restaurant, Cameron Village Library, Penland School of Crafts, Sunflowers Gallery, Green Hill Center, Meymandi Hall, and at Rebus Works Gallery.

As an architect I have always drawn. While studying in Europe many years ago, I made the obligatory “grand tour” drawings of memorable buildings and places. The drawings were small, notebook size, in pen and ink, and a few were done with colored crayons. Since then I have maintained sketchbooks of travels and special places.

About ten years ago I shifted from sketchbook scale to larger, more focused drawing. Now I am drawing full-time. My drawings are more consciously composed and they integrate color. I like the touch, color, and immediacy of pastels and charcoal. Their impact is quick and immediate, and their sometimes-messy aspects contribute to the spontaneity of the work.