Phil Harrison

Phil Harrison


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Phil Harrison FAIA has been Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the global architecture, design and planning firm Perkins&Will since 2006 and President since 2003. He joined the company in 1993 as an architect and has worked on diverse projects with healthcare, corporate, science and higher education clients over the years. In his seventeen years in firm wide leadership roles, Phil has overseen five-fold growth of Perkins&Will through a combination of organic expansion and acquisitions. This growth has included geographic, vertical market and service line diversification. Today, the firm is the second largest architecture firm in the world. Phil’s role is to oversee Perkins&Will’s global strategy and business operations. Critical to the firm’s success is the focus on quality and innovation that defines its brand and culture. Phil has been directly responsible for establishing the company’s initiatives in client engagement, design excellence, diversity and inclusion, research, and technological innovation, among many others. Phil received his Bachelor of Arts in visual arts and philosophy from Harvard College and his Masters of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where he received the AIA Henry Adams Medal for being first in his class. He is a licensed architect in eleven U.S. states and Canadian provinces, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and a LEED accredited professional. Phil is involved in a variety of professional, educational, and cultural organizations, including the AIA Large Firm Roundtable, the Design Futures Council, Harvard University, the Woodruff Arts Center, and the National Building Museum. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he and his wife, Susan, enjoy cycling, cooking, gardening, and travel.

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