Interview with Philip Harrison, Perkins + Will

Philip Harrison, AIA

Philip Harrison, AIA

In this 19th edition of “Sound Advice with Joan Capelin,” Phil Harrison, president and chief executive officer of Perkins + Will, provides his perspective and advice on the following topics:

  • The benefits of diversification
  • What’s going to be important in the future – especially for innovation
  • Perkins+Will’s approach to sustainability
  • The “new frugality”
  • Being optimistic even if in the face of recession

Click on the media player below to listen to Phil’s podcast.  Scroll down to read his bio.

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As President and Chief Executive Officer, Phil is responsible for Perkins+Will’s strategic focus and business performance. He is directly involved with the firm’s quality initiatives including design excellence, sustainability, and technical delivery; he oversees firm growth, diversification and development; and he defines the firm’s business objectives for performance, collaborative operations and staff development.

Phil joined the firm as an Architect in 1993, working with science + technology, healthcare and corporate clients. He has served as the firm’s President, a member of the firm’s Board of Directors, and Managing Director of one of the largest regional practices in the firm.

Phil is involved in a number of community and civic organizations in Atlanta, where he lives with his family.


  1. Posted December 11, 2009 at 10:07 am | Permalink

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    Posted December 16, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

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    Posted December 21, 2009 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

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