Perkins + Will’s Harrison Shows How to Become a Leader in Sustainability

Phil Harrison, AIA

Philip Harrison, AIA

Joan Capelin interviewed Philip Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Perkins + Will, for the 19th interview of the “Sound Advice” series.

The podcast provides Phil’s theory about the benefit of diversification; his take on what the future will look like, including the “new frugality”; descriptions of Perkins + Will’s approach to sustainability and how he remains optimistic in the face of the recession.

Phil Harrison joined the firm 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. 

As President & CEO he leads firmwide initiatives and implements overall fiscal, marketing and strategic plans.  In addition, he maintains hands-on involvement with ongoing projects as a Principal-in-Charge. 

Perkins + Will [www.perkinswill.com], founded 74 years ago, is a Top-10 international [21 offices around the world] design firm that became the AIA Firm of the Year in 1999.  Architect magazine named Perkins + Will No. 1 most sustainable design firm in 2009; certainly, it has more LEED-Accredited Professionals than any other firm. 

Phil holds a Harvard College Bachelor of Arts degree and a Harvard Graduate School of Design Master of Architecture degree “With Distinction.”  A member of the American Institute of Architects, he has been or remains a Commissioner on the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, a member of the Board of both the National Building Museum and of the Museum of Design Atlanta, a member of Leadership Atlanta, a member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy [CECP], and a member of the Executive Committee of the AIA’s Large Firm Roundtable.

Click here to listen to Phil’s interview.  Visit our “Sound Advice” page to hear other podcasts in the series.