Geometric Influences

Author Donald Harms has brought his new book, Geometric Wholeness of the Self, which explores meaningful relationships between mathematics, sacred geometry, philosophy of The Enlightenment and the spiritual life of psychologist Carl Jung, to print.

Donald retired from a long career as an Architect designing homes and hospitals to begin work writing on one his favorite subjects – Geometry. His early influences began on a small farm in the Midwest and Miss Helen Lockner’s one room school house. It was there at age 10 he discovered a book on Euclidean geometry which has fascinated him ever since. In those early days Donald was most intrigued by the diagrams that the Greek mathematician Euclid used to guide his written principals of plane and solid geometry.  So began a long love affair with mathematics and geometric drawing.

Architectural Career

Donald channeled that love into a career as an architect which was first peaked by his encounter with Dr. Edith Farnsworth country retreat along the Fox River in Plano, Illinois.  The home was designed by Mies van der Rohe and is a vital part of American iconography, representing both the International Style of architecture as well as the modern movement’s desire to use the organic or natural environment. Donald went on to study under Mies van der Rohe at the Illinois Institute of Technology before transferring to the College of Design in Raleigh, North Carolina. There he studied with Horacio Caminos, Eduardo Catalano, and George Matsumoto. Donald’s architectural designs follow principals of the Golden Ratio and every building he has designed resonates with this geometric proportion.

In 1981 Donald purchased the Napa Valley land which has become Harms Vineyards and Lavender Fields. He spends his time distilling aromatics, managing the farming operations with his wife Patricia Damery, and writing his manuscripts.