SOMOS (translates to "we are") is an architectural design collective. We design buildings and places,  some permanent, some temporary, but all are ultimately "completed" by the life that inhabits them. We work with collaborative teams of socially-minded designers on projects that connect people to each other and to where they live.


   

Tina Govan

Tina has been principal of her own firm in downtown Raleigh, NC for over 20 years  producing work that has been widely published and recognized. She holds a Master of Architecture from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning, has practiced in a wide range of cultural settings, and takes a strongly people-based approach to the design of places. She co-founded Raleigh Urban Rangers, which activates public space by inviting residents out to play, meet and fully inhabit their city. Her varied experiences of working in Liberia, Boston, Japan and NC, continue to inform her work, which strives to build meaningful connections beyond the individual or building to the larger landscape, community and planet.

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Suzy Cash

Suzy grew up barefoot in Chapel Hill climbing trees. She then laced up her tennis shoes to become a jump rope world champion, competing around the globe. You can now find her in construction boots, swinging a hammer in her home renovation. There is no telling what shoes she'll wear to work, but she will surely be designing spaces with a communal, social and environmental focus. For the past three years, Suzy has worked with Frank Harmon Architect as designer and project manager for Horseseshoe Farm Nature Preserve, STARworks, LeBauer Park, and residences in and around Raleigh. She continues to work with Frank Harmon and is excited to expand her horizons, working  with Tina and Paul, with whom she shares a common vision and excitement for life. 

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Paul Drake

Paul graduated from NC State University with a Master of Architecture where he received both the Catalano Scholarship and the Kamphoefner Fellowship for outstanding design work. He then went on to work for Frank Harmon Architect for two years. Paul spends much of his time working as a barn designer and construction leader at Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge in Pittsboro. His pioneering work there calls attention to the plight of farm animals in our country and advocates for a more compassionate animal architecture. Some of his other interests include playing music, gardening, and hiking.


COLLABORATING PARTNERS

Frank Harmon

A nationally recognized leader in modern, sustainable, regionally appropriate architecture, Frank Harmon, FAIA, has been principal of Frank Harmon Architect since 1981 until his recent retirement. His firm won more AIA Design Awards than any firm in North Carolina since 1992. He recently received the F. Carter Williams Gold Medal, the highest honor the AIA NC gives to an architect.   A writer on architectural issues, he is author of the website "Native Places," a collection of thoughts and sketches that illustrate the value of looking closely at everyday buildings and places.

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Jason Hart and Chris Johns

Jason Hart and Chris Johns are principals of CUBE design + research with locations in Chapel Hill and Boston. They have managed projects up to $30M, including adaptive reuse, multi-family housing, university, and commercial buildings. They each hold degrees from MIT and the University of Florida. They are awesome collaborators and we are currently working together on an exciting residential projects.