Sally Harrison, AIA

Sally Harrison

Sally Harrison, AIA

Professor Harrison has professional and teaching expertise in social impact design, urban design, and urban history/theory. She is a Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Communities and the leader and co-founder of The Urban Workshop, an interdisciplinary university-based collaborative, undertaking community-centered research, design and design-build projects in local neighborhoods. Professor Harrison serves as the Master of Architecture Program Head in Tyler School of Art’s Division of Architecture and Environmental Design.

Professor Harrison’s design and scholarship addresses the constructed space in reemerging postindustrial neighborhoods as sites for social justice, creativity and learning. Her research is published in books and academic journals, and projects have received honors in international, national and regional design awards programs (SEED, Architecture, AIA Pennsylvania). Recent authored publications include: “Gentrification and the Heterogeneous City: Finding a Role for Design” (with Andrew Jacobs) in The Plan Journal, Volume 2: Design for Social Impact (2016); “In-Between: Places of Resilience in the Post-Industrial City” in Int/AR Journal Volume 5: Resilience and Adaptability (2014); ”Uncovering the Human Landscape of North Philadelphia” in Service Learning in Design and Planning: Education at the Boundaries (Angotti, Doble, and Horrigan, New Village Press 2012). Harrison’s work has been presented as a case study in Designed for Habitat: Collaborations with Habitat for Humanity (Hinson and Miller, Routledge 2013). Her design and research has been supported by Temple University, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the EPA and design grants from non profit organizations.

Ms. Harrison has served on the boards of the state and local chapters of AIA, and on the Advisory Board of Design of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. She is a founding member of the Community Design Collaborative and serves as a member of the organization’s Advisory Council. She an Editorial Board member of Context, the Journal of the Philadelphia AIA, and has recently co-edited the AIA Convention Issue: Design and Social Justice. She is a member of the board of directors of The Village of Arts and Humanities.

Professor Harrison is a licensed architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She received her Master of Architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her Bachelor of Arts, Magna cum Laude with Distinction in Art History, from the University of Pennsylvania.