Harrison Architects


Rob Harrison, cPHc - Principal

Rob Harrison AIA I have over 30 years of experience as a design professional, including 23 years as principal of my own firm. I grew up in a small town in northeastern Ohio and studied architecture at the University of Toronto. From my first project onward, my school work centered on sustainable design. My thesis (with Alberto Perez-Gomez) was inspired by my summer in Seattle in 1978. Titled "The Return of the Seasons", it was a landscape art project in High Park in Toronto that explored ways of connecting architecture with the cycle of the seasons. After graduation from University of Toronto in 1979 I moved to New York City and for the first five years there pursued parallel careers in architecture and music. I worked as a draftsperson for Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi, for residential architect Alfredo DeVido, and recorded and performed music with Philip Beesley, Glenn Branca, Sussan Deyhim, and Christian Marclay among others. In 1984 I opened my own design office. My practice in New York included residential interiors and commercial office renovations. I returned to Seattle in 1990 to pursue work in line with my values. In 1992 I opened my own office again, dedicated exclusively to green architecture.

A co-founder of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild in 1992, I was executive editor of the Guild's journal EcoBuilding Times from 1993 through 1999. I was a board member of the Pike Market Child Care Center 1992-1996, and on the board of Alex Steffen's Worldchanging 2010-2012.

I have facilitated workshops on green design at Building with Value '93 and '96, Celebration of Community, and for permit reviewers at King County DDES, given talks for University of Washington students and the City of Seattle rainwater conference as well as for members of American Society of Interior Designers, American Institute of Architects, Master Builder Association of King and Snohomish Counties, Voluntary Simplicity Association, Seattle Tilth, King County Master Recyclers and Northwest EcoBuilding Guild chapters in Seattle, Portland and Olympia. With Passive House Northwest colleagues I have given presentations on Passivhaus for the City of Seattle's Green Team, City Council Central Staff, the Coast Guard and for Representative Jim McDermott, as well as a number of local architecture firms. In 2009 I became one of the first 100 certified Passive House consultants in the United States.

Have a look at my LinkedIn Profile.


  • Passive House Consultant Training, Summer 2009
    An intensive nine-day training in the principles and techniques of designing Passive Houses.
  • Architecture + Children Level I Workshop
    An integrated approach to the education of children through architecture, this workshop is preparation for teaching the curriculum in schools, or involving children in the process of design.
  • University of Toronto,
    Bachelor of Architecture, 1979
  • Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio, 1973 - 1974
    Studies in comparative literature, history of art and architecture.

Professional Registration

  • Registered Architect, State of Washington #6764
  • Certified Passive House Consultant


  • Passive House Northwest
  • Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
  • Seattle Tilth