Phil Harrison: President/CEO of Perkins+WIll

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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 quality initiatives including design excellence, sustainability, research 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.

How did you get into the architecture industry?

I studied visual arts in college and was working and teaching painting when I decided to return to graduate school. I decided on an architecture degree not because I wanted to practice, but because I was interested in the diversity of architectural education: creativity, technology, culture, and business. Out of design school I took my first full time job, again with the intent of trying out a variety of areas. However, my first job went surprisingly well, and I eventually ended up leading our firm after 13 years!

Tell us about Perkins+Will. What inspired the idea and what is your vision for the company?

Perkins+Will is an 80 year old design firm that was founded on the belief that buildings can shape people’s lives in positive ways, and we still practice with this belief today. We are a research-driven practice; we constantly try to imagine better ways to solve our clients’ challenges. We are also a socially-motivated practice, as we see our work in service of all society, not only the particular occupants or owners of our projects.

What strategic partnerships have you implemented that have attributed to Perkins+Will's success?

Collaboration has been at the core of our practice since our founding. Our first seminal project, Crow Island School, was designed in collaboration with Saarinen. Today, we collaborate with virtually every entity that his connected to the design and construction industry, including: design schools, organizations such as USGBC or the Living Futures Institute, builders, engineers, and, of course, our clients.

What industry trends are you noticing and how do you capitalize on them?

Growth in technology to increase speed of delivery, and predict design outcomes. Increase in global business, where project delivery and learning literally spans the globe on more and more projects. Increased collaboration of all types, especially between design disciplines.

Life Motto?

Do the right thing, right away, and do it with simplicity.

Perkins+Will's Motto?

Ideas and Building that honor the broader goals of society.

 Your greatest success as CEO of Perkins+Will? Most difficult moment-how did you overcome and what did you learn?

Greatest success and greatest challenge are the same: maintaining and increasing industry-leading design quality in a large and diversified organization.

Your advice to an aspiring entrepreneur?

Focus on purpose. Ask “why” to yourself and your organization, and lead with these ideas in mind at all times.

Favorite travel destination?

Italy.

One food and drink left on earth, what would you choose?

Pasta Pesto al Genovese and Nebbiolo.

What literature is on your bed stand?

A book about Cicero.

Role model - business and personal?

Mohamed Yunus for his action oriented leadership. Personal role model: my predecessor, Henry Mann, for his action-oriented leadership.

Current passion?

Cycling.

Most interesting headline you've read this week?

“Ebola now with airborne transmission” (of course, this was not true, but it got my attention!).

What's next for Perkins+Will?

Growth, deepening our research initiatives, and extending our geographic reach.

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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 quality initiatives including design excellence, sustainability, research 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.

In 1993 Phil joined the firm as an architect and has worked on an array of projects with Education, Science, Healthcare and Corporate clients. He has served in a variety of firm leadership roles, eventually becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2006.

Phil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Arts and Philosophy from Harvard College and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, where he received the AIA School Medal. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Phil is passionately involved with a number of arts, design, professional, civic and educational institutions. He is a Board Member of the National Building Museum, the Museum of Design Atlanta and the Woodruff Arts Center; he serves on the Executive Committee for the AIA Large Firm Roundtable, is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, and a member of the Construction Industry Roundtable; he is a member of the Downtown Atlanta Rotary Club; and he is the Co-Chair of the Campaign for the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

- See more at: http://perkinswill.com/people/phil-harrison.html#sthash.4vMvgPbG.dpuf

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Phil is responsible for Perkins+Will’s strategic focus and business performance. He is directly involved with quality initiatives including design excellence, sustainability, research 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.

In 1993 Phil joined the firm as an architect and has worked on an array of projects with Education, Science, Healthcare and Corporate clients. He has served in a variety of firm leadership roles, eventually becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2006.

Phil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Arts and Philosophy from Harvard College and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, where he received the AIA School Medal. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Phil is passionately involved with a number of arts, design, professional, civic and educational institutions. He is a Board Member of the National Building Museum, the Museum of Design Atlanta and the Woodruff Arts Center; he serves on the Executive Committee for the AIA Large Firm Roundtable, is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, and a member of the Construction Industry Roundtable; he is a member of the Downtown Atlanta Rotary Club; and he is the Co-Chair of the Campaign for the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

- See more at: http://perkinswill.com/people/phil-harrison.html#sthash.4vMvgPbG.dpuf

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Phil is responsible for Perkins+Will’s strategic focus and business performance. He is directly involved with quality initiatives including design excellence, sustainability, research 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.

In 1993 Phil joined the firm as an architect and has worked on an array of projects with Education, Science, Healthcare and Corporate clients. He has served in a variety of firm leadership roles, eventually becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2006.

Phil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Arts and Philosophy from Harvard College and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, where he received the AIA School Medal. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Phil is passionately involved with a number of arts, design, professional, civic and educational institutions. He is a Board Member of the National Building Museum, the Museum of Design Atlanta and the Woodruff Arts Center; he serves on the Executive Committee for the AIA Large Firm Roundtable, is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, and a member of the Construction Industry Roundtable; he is a member of the Downtown Atlanta Rotary Club; and he is the Co-Chair of the Campaign for the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

- See more at: http://perkinswill.com/people/phil-harrison.html#sthash.4vMvgPbG.dpuf

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In 1993 Phil joined the firm as an architect and has worked on an array of projects with Education, Science, Healthcare and Corporate clients. He has served in a variety of firm leadership roles, eventually becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2006.

Phil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Arts and Philosophy from Harvard College and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, where he received the AIA School Medal. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Phil is passionately involved with a number of arts, design, professional, civic and educational institutions. He is a Board Member of the National Building Museum, the Museum of Design Atlanta and the Woodruff Arts Center; he serves on the Executive Committee for the AIA Large Firm Roundtable, is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, and a member of the Construction Industry Roundtable; he is a member of the Downtown Atlanta Rotary Club; and he is the Co-Chair of the Campaign for the Harvard Graduate School of Design.