Since its founding in 1991, Award-Winning Harrison Design Associates has been dedicated to creating high-end, custom residences, town homes and specialty commercial projects that are inspired by the best of classical and modern architecture. From East Coast to West Coast, the company shares a singular belief that a well-designed building is a work of art; it is an enduring investment and a place to express the client’s individuality. With a team of more than 60 architects, designers, landscape architects and interior designers, the firm creates an array of distinctive ancestral homes and public structures through the thoughtful study and application of traditional hierarchies, proportions, materials, and detailing. With offices in Atlanta and St. Simons Island, Georgia, as well as Santa Barbara and Beverly Hills, California, the firm has worked throughout the United States and internationally.
Beginning in drafting at the age of twelve, then hitting the ground running at Georgia Tech, Bill toured architecture in Europe and the Americas after graduation. It was particularly in Italy where he focused his attention, visiting every palace and villa designed by Andrea Palladio.
That classical background is evident in each Harrison Design project. Even modern design must function, endure, and delight. Bill’s practice encourages exploration and the augmentation of classical concepts with new ideas.
Regularly invited to speak on a wide range of ideas and issues, Bill is determined to continue advancing the creation of better places for people to live and gather. To Bill, architecture is more than a career. It is many lifetimes rolled into a lifelong passion meant to be lived and breathed.
Greg Palmer is principal of Harrison Design Associates (HDA) overseeing studios in Atlanta and St. Simons Island, Georgia. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Southern Technical Institute, he began a career with a wide variety of projects, including commercial, residential, historical renovation and resort design. A decade later, he joined Bill Harrison at HDA, together establishing a firm that is nationally recognized for its contribution to the resurgence of classical residential and commercial architecture.
Greg believes that design should be guided by thorough client interviews rather than preconceived notions. His interactive approach has resulted in projects that are genuine reflections of each individual’s lifestyle; as well as, a portfolio hallmarked by exceptional craftsmanship, attention to detail and functionality. He routinely collaborates with the nation’s leading designers, landscape architects and builders, thereby offering his clients access to the finest resources within the industry.
In his life as an architect, from the initial client interview to a project's completion, Greg finds fulfillment in a constant mindfulness of how his work will affect the people who inhabit his designs. This connection between architecture and its inhabitants is both personal and emotional. Greg is devoted to mentoring intern architects both within the company and at local college and university programs. In addition to participating in classroom juries and leading student site tours, Greg was instrumental in establishing the firm’s Visiting Scholars Endowment Fund at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Maybe there was something in the water. Tony grew up in a Chicago suburb designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead, six blocks from Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio. He and his father would go downtown to watch works in process such as the John Hancock Building, Standard Oil Building and Sears Tower. It was in this environment Tony discovered he would like to be an architect.
Today, Tony is the managing principal of Harrison Design Associates’ California offices, where he previously established a diverse residential and commercial practice. His renovation and historic preservation expertise gives his clients a significant advantage. In balancing their needs with the unique challenges presented by regional building guidelines, Tony draws on his service with city and county architectural review boards and business associations.
The business and finance principal for the firm, Deborah comes from an extensive background in corporate investment banking and construction.
With a degree in Industrial Engineering and an MBA, Deborah has developed an on-line, up-to-the-minute financial system that allows project architects and designers to stay on top of their client’s budgets. Long-range planning and the ability to fund expansion are other key areas of her expertise. In addition, Deborah’s team is constantly looking for ways to improve employee benefits and the work environment.
eacher, mentor, designer, doer. John is the architect of organizational skills, a team work ethic, a solid foundation of client service and, of course, beautiful homes.
He serves on architectural review boards for many exclusive communities throughout the southeast. Because of his knowledge of traditional design and construction practices, he is able to guide builders and other design professionals toward the common goals of aesthetic continuity and identity of place that are essential to the success of luxury neighborhoods.
Believing in the importance of balance and proportion, John draws upon his education, experience, and classical training in guiding his team toward the only goals that matter: A positive experience for the client and a home that is a creative reflection of their individuality.
My best project is yet to be designed” is one of Rick’s favorite quotations, from Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright's Taliesin North, near the hometown of Rick’s grandfather, inspired him from an early age. He is one of the many project architects in the firm with strong construction backgrounds, and an acute awareness of wedding site and architecture.
He reaches for the stars when listening to the client’s desires as well as when he is designing—never discounting an idea before exploring every option. He feels a client’s dreams are one process, interpreting them quite another.
Journalists seek out Harrison Design Associates showcase work, often featuring projects that Rick has led in local, regional, and international publications. Yet his most rewarding experiences are when he is asked to design a home for the next generation of a client’s family.