Who We Are

Cothran Harris Architecture is a full service Architectural and Interior Design office celebrating our twentieth year in business. Over the years, the office has designed a variety of projects including private residences, apartment complexes, commercial and industrial projects. Private residences designed by the firm have been featured in Coastal Living, Haven, Metropolitan Home, Mid-Atlantic, Washington Spaces and Wrightsville Beach magazines.

We can provide traditional architectural design drawings, 3D visualization as well as physical models for our clients. We can provide electronic files after completion of the design for facility management. Designers at Cothran Harris Architecture pride themselves on developing architectural ideas through consensus with the owners. We isolate the primary goals and aesthetic concerns of your project, and integrate these ideas appropriately into the architectural design.

Residential projects include vacation cottages as well as family homes. We work with you to make sure your home meets your needs on the inside as well as instilling a sense of pride when you look at the exterior. We do not promote a signature architectural style, but work to ensure the exterior style chosen is appropriate for the size and massing of the interior rooms. We work with clients to make sure their homes meet Energy Star standards. We are working on a LEED for Homes certification for a project currently under construction.

Commercial projects include the design of apartments, art galleries, banks, car dealerships, business offices, factory buildings, a shipyard facility, and warehouses. We have worked with many organizations to identify their long term goals, set budgets and plan for the future. We are familiar with LEED 3.0 criteria and understand the difference between good design and chasing certification points. Good design is good business.

Mr. Harris is registered to practice architecture in North and South Carolina. He has been a registered architect in North Carolina for twenty five years. He holds degrees in architectural design from North Carolina State and Syracuse Universities. Mr. Harris has served as a consultant with several different organizations for architectural design and guidelines.

Predesign Services

We provide help for clients before they decide to build. We can find things out like the current setbacks, the permit costs and time requirements. Then we can work with you to develop a budget based on available square footages on a lot, your quality requirements and the style of the house. You make an informed decision on whether to proceed based on these predesign services.

Design Services

We provide design services based on the requirements of our clients. We have worked with clients who lived in Dallas, Philadelphia, and Warsaw Poland while their homes were being designed and constructed. These clients required drawings that were more complete and more extensive construction review than local clients. The level of service we provide and therefore the cost of our services is based on our client's needs, not on a percentage of construction cost. We believe providing full architectural, interior and construction administration services provides the best value to the client. However, we will work with a client to provide services on a pick and choose basis.

Beach Cottages

We design traditional and contemporary beach cottages based on aesthetic design, the best available test data for wind resistance, window performance, and life cycle costing of materials. Our goal is to provide aesthetic value by maximizing views, providing a functional interior plan, and combining the parts of the plan into a well balanced elevation.