Kings Cross Train Station

Designers Gain Inspiration and Experience from Southern England Architecture

November 9, 2017

Harrison Design’s Derek Hopkins and Frank Heery had the privilege of touring Southern England in hunt of great architecture. From London to Winchester, the exploratory trip continues a longstanding tradition of learning through experience and mentoring for Harrison Design.

Founding Principal William H. Harrison says, “Trips like these expose our younger designers to great architecture—  to get a real grasp of the human scale and to experience it in real time.”

Covering historic and modern, the designers had the opportunity to tour some of the most iconic buildings in Southern England.


Palace of Westminster, Big Ben

Palace of Westminster; home to Big Ben


“The immense amount of variety was impressive,” said Derek Hopkins. “Seeing great architecture in a built environment is invaluable experience. It’s just not a perspective you can get from a textbook.”

Derek has previously traveled to China with an architectural focus, but this was his first ICAA-associated trip abroad.

Between tea breaks and site tours, the designers were able to discuss design with the prominent English architects they met on the tour. An afternoon in particular, and a memorable moment for Frank Heery, was spent with Quinlan Terry, a leader of England’s classical revival.

Heery says, “The example set by Quinlan, and the methods and details he regularly utilizes, are definitely things I will take with me into my own designs.”

Mentoring and real world experience abroad remain developmental cornerstones to the philosophy at Harrison Design. We continue to gain knowledge and inspiration from the world around us—at home and abroad.


Ariel View of London

Ariel View of London


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