M.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.A., University of Pennsylvania
Sally Harrison is Associate Professor of Architecture in the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and a registered architect. She has professional and teaching expertise in urban design, urban theory, community-based design practice and sustainable design. Her students have received numerous design awards in local and national competitions. Professor Harrison is the director of the Urban Workshop, a university-based practice that seeks to address public interest design issues through a process of participatory site-specific research and design, collaborating with other place-making disciplines including landscape architecture, public art, planning and geography.
Professor Harrison’s design, pedagogic and scholarly work on sustainable neighborhoods for the postindustrial city has been published in books and journals including: Service Learning in Design and Planning: Educating at the Margins; Leverage: Strengthening Neighborhoods through Design; ARCC Journal; Places: A Forum of Environmental Design; Architecture Magazine; and the Journal of Urban Design. She has delivered papers at national and international conferences of the ACSA, the ARRC/EAAE, EDRA, and at other scholarly symposia. Her work has been recognized in design awards programs from SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) and AIA Pennsylvania, and won an Award for Architectural Research from Architecture Magazine and the Research Committee of the national American Institute of Architects.
Professor Harrison has served on the board of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Chapters of the AIA, and was a founding member of the Community Design Collaborative. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Design for the Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia and serves on the Editorial Board of Context, the Journal of the Philadelphia American Institute of Architects.
Prizes, Awards, and Grants
• SEED Awards for Public Interest Design, International competition, Honorable Mention for “Digging Deeper”, 2012.
• Digging Deeper, The Village of Arts and Humanities/Pew Charitable Trusts Heritage Philadelphia Program, sponsored design/research grant, Principal Investigator, 2011-2012.
• American Institute of Architects Pennsylvania, Awards for Architectural Excellence, Citation of Merit Award for “Shared Prosperity and Beyond: A University-Community Design Partnership”, 2009.
• Summer Research Fellowship and Grant in Aid of Research, Temple University for “The Urban Workshop and the Village of Arts and Humanities: A University-Community Design Collaboration”, Principal Investigator, 2008.
• Architectural Research Centers Consortium/ European Association of Architectural Educators, Best Paper Finalist, for Emerging Research and Design 2006 International Conference, 2007.
• Temple University New Directions for Established Investigators Grant, to found the Urban Workshop, Principal Investigator, 2002.
• “Uncovering the Human Landscape of North Philadelphia”, Chapter 1, in Service Learning in Design and Planning: Education at the Margins, Agnotti, T., C. Doble and P. Horrigan, eds. New Village Press, Oakland CA, 2011.
• “At the Margins: Politics and Design Now”, in Leverage: Strengthening Neighborhoods through Design, E. Miller and Woodward, T, eds. The Community Design Collaborative, Philadelphia, 2011.
• “The Craft of Inefficiency: Project 1800 and Habitat North Philadelphia” in Community/Architecture: 57 Contributions from International Research, E. Prandi, ed. Festival Architettura Edizioni: Parma, IT, 2010.
• Art and the City, Context: Journal of AIA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Co-Editor with Susan Davis, Fall/winter 2009,
• “Four Ways of Knowing: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teaching Community-Based Design”, In ARCC Journal, Selected Papers of the ARCC/EAAE 2006 International Conference Vol. 4, Number 1. E-journal: ARCC, 2007.
• “City: Urban Planning and Design”, in Grolier Encyclopedia of American Studies, Vol. 1,.New York: American Studies Association, 2001.
• “Between Tower and Street.” In The Journal of Urban Design, Vol. 3 No. 1, London: Carfax Publishing, 1998.
• Habitat in Philadelphia: Project 1800 Community Design Collaborative and the Center for Architecture, Philadelphia, PA. Juried Group Exhibition, October, 2011.
• FA5 – Festival of Architecture 2009-2010, COMMUNITY – ARCHITECTURE, Phenomena and forms of urban aggregation. “The Craft of Inefficiency: Habitat for Humanity in North Philadelphia”, Parma, IT, Juried group exhibition, Nov. –Dec. 2010.
• Delaware Valley Green Building Sustainable Design Competition: Three Years of Winning Temple Student Designs, Tyler School Art/Architecture, curator, Temple University, September, 2008.
• DesignPhiladelphia “Emerging Neighborhoods/Emerging Designers”: The Urban Design Workshop at Norris Square. Co-exhibitor with Peter diCarlo Philadelphia, April 2006.
• “Shared Prosperity” in “Community Design Matters: Architecture and Community”, Juried exhibition at the Philadelphia Foundation, Philadelphia, Co-exhibitor with Diana Nicholas, March 2005.
Lectures, Workshops, and Charrettes
• Design In Action 2011 Joint National Conference of the Association for Community Design + the Association of Architecture Organizations, Community Design in Action: Digging Deeper and the Village of Arts and Humanities. Philadelphia, Oct. 2011
• The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Art-At-Lunch Lecture Series, “The Urban Workshop, A University-Community Design Collaboration”, Philadelphia, October, 2009.
• Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Meeting: The Value of Design, “Tales out of School, a Local Narrative for Design”, Portland Oregon, March 29-April 1, 2009.
• Penn Design School, Unspoken Borders Conference, Black Student Alliance, Environmental Justice and Sustainable Design Forum, moderator, April 2008.
• Erasing Boundaries, Supporting Communities Conference, “Getting Closer to the Onion.” City College of New York, April, 2008.
• Central Delaware Riverfront Design Workshop, on the design charrette team with Penn Praxis, Philadelphia, March 2007.
• Director, Urban Workshop, Temple University, Philadelphia PA
• Sally Harrison, AIA, Philadelphia PA