Established in 1991, Harrison Design now has seven offices across the U.S. Each location works independently while being able to draw on its collective capabilities and expertise.

About

Harrison Design specializes in high-end residential architecture, interior design and landscape architecture for clients throughout the U.S. and abroad. From traditional to modern, our body of work represents the full spectrum of scale and style.

We apply the same attention to quality and detail in all our work, including studios dedicated to sacred architecture, condominiums and townhomes, and community development.

We’ve developed a reputation for excellence in design, responsiveness to clients, and unparalleled project execution. Our international network of artisans, builders and suppliers ensures that the quality of the design is matched by the caliber of the material and workmanship. Our work has garnered numerous awards and been featured in design publications, including Architectural Digest, Architect, Veranda and Traditional Home, among others.

Senior Principals

John J. Albanese

PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT, AIA, ATLANTA

After earning his Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, John received his Master of Architecture from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Va. He began his career as a draftsman with a firm in Sayville, NY, before moving to Georgia in 1997. In 1999, John joined Harrison Design as a project manager and 10 years later, was named principal. He’s a registered architect in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. He’s a member of the American Institute of Architects, Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, National Trust for Historic Preservation and a certified member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Since 2020, John has served on the board of directors of the Chastain Park Conservancy and in June 2022 he joined the board of the Bill Harrison Foundation.

Bulent A. Baydar

PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT, AIA, ATLANTA

While working with Harrison Design, Bulent helped establish offices in Santa Barbara in 2004 and Washington, D.C. in 2010. He is a registered architect in Connecticut, Georgia, Florida and Virginia, and received his Master of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture. He joined Harrison Design in 1995 and has been a principal since 2014. Bulent is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), National Trust for Historic Preservation and National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He serves on the board for the City Springs Theatre Company in Sandy Springs. Bulent designed one of the homes that led to ADAC and Veranda naming the firm 2022 Southeast Architect of the Year. He also earned two Honor awards in 2022 from the AIA Atlanta.

Richard C. Hatch

PRINCIPAL, ASSOCIATE AIA, ATLANTA

With bachelor’s degrees in architecture and architectural engineering from the Southern Technical Institute (now known as Kennesaw State University) in Marietta, Ga., Rick was named a firm principal in 2009. Rick started his career as a draftsman for an architecture office in Marietta and joined Harrison Design in 1998. Along with the American Institute of Architects, he is a member of the National Historical Society, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. Since June 2022, Rick has served on the board of directors of the Bill Harrison Foundation. He volunteers with the GA FIRST Foundation throughout Georgia.

Gregory L. Palmer

PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT, AIA, NAPLES

Greg is a principal architect and president of Harrison Design. He is based in the Naples office, which he opened in 2017. Greg started with the company in 1995, after working with several firms in Atlanta. His expertise includes institutional, residential, hospitality and resort planning and he is registered in Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wyoming. Greg earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering technology from the Southern Technical Institute (now known as Kennesaw State University) in Marietta, Ga. He serves on the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) Florida chapter’s board of directors and is a past president of the Southeast chapter. Greg is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, the American Institute of Architects, and Naples Design District. He is on the advisory board of the City of Naples Community Redevelopment Association. In 2012 and 2022, he served as a juror for the Acanthus Awards of the ICAA’s Chicago chapter. Greg designed one of the homes that led to ADAC and Veranda naming the firm 2022 Southeast Architect of the Year. He also earned a 2022 Palladio Award and 2020 Mizner Award for a residence in Atlanta.

Jesse J. Harrison

PRINCIPAL, LOS ANGELES

Jesse joined Harrison Design’s Los Angeles office in 2010 as business development director. Prior to that, Jesse had cofounded a company in Atlanta that brands, markets and manages luxury properties for event, media, television and film partnerships. His previous experience includes directing a contemporary art gallery in Atlanta and specializing in marketing fine art for the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. He’s a founding member of UNICEF NextGen Los Angeles; is on the development committee of the Los Angeles Conservancy; served on the advisory board of DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS in Los Angeles, and is a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.

Anthony Grumbine

PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT, AIA, SANTA BARBARA

With his Master of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, Anthony joined Harrison Design in 2007. He received his bachelor’s degree in architectural studies with high distinction and a bachelor’s degree in art history with distinction from Carleton University in Ottawa. Anthony serves on the City of Santa Barbara’s Historic Landmarks Commission and the Board for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. He is a regular walking tour leader for a number of local groups, including the Coalition for Sustainable Transportation. An accomplished artist in watercolor renderings and architectural drawing, Anthony regularly contributes articles regarding architecture to a number of local publications.

Principals

Nicolas Charbonneau

PRINCIPAL, ASSOCIATE AIA, WASHINGTON, D.C.

Nic earned his master’s degree in architecture from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., and worked with several Washington, D.C. firms before joining Harrison Design in 2015. With 15 years’ experience in religious architecture, Nic is the lead architect of the firm’s religious architecture studio. Nic is the instructor and tour guide for the National Cathedral School’s New Heights Architectural Discovery Program in Washington, D.C.; the visiting architecture critic for the Catholic University of America’s School of Architecture; as well as a member of the Education Board for the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art, Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

Karen H. Ferguson

PRINCIPAL, INTERIORS, ASID, ATLANTA

In 2000, Karen launched Harrison Design’s interior design practice and she has dedicated her professional career to the firm. Her expertise covers every aspect of interiors, from space planning to selecting and creating custom finishes, furnishings and accessories. In 2019, Karen was named Southeast Designer of the Year by the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center and Veranda magazine. The Georgia chapter of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) has recognized many of her projects, including Residential Residence (3,000 to 7,000 sf) Silver and Residential Renovation-Existing Kitchen Silver in 2020. She earned her bachelor’s degree in furnishings and interiors from the University of Georgia, Athens. Karen recently designed a rustic-yet-modern lake house in Blue Ridge and is currently working on various projects, including a full-scale refresh of a classic Hawaiian cottage in Maui.

Chad E. Goehring

PRINCIPAL, ASSOCIATE AIA, ST. SIMONS

Chad leads the firm’s St. Simons, Ga., office, which opened in 2006. He joined Harrison Design in 2001 and was a project manager in Atlanta before moving to St. Simons to establish the practice. He’s a graduate of Southern Polytechnic State University (now known as Kennesaw State University) in Marietta, Ga., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture. Chad began his career as a CAD technician in Duluth, Ga. His professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, and he volunteers for the annual RSM Classic PGA tour event hosted by Davis Love III.

Mark D. Hughes

PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT, AIA, WASHINGTON, D.C.

Before joining Harrison Design in 2012, Mark led his own practice, Hughes Architecture, in McLean, Va. His work encompasses architecture and space planning for residential, commercial, historic, retail and hospitality projects in the D.C. area. For almost 20 years, he was a partner with an architecture firm in Bethesda, Md. Mark earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is professionally registered in Virginia and Maryland. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.

Barbara Lowenthal

PRINCIPAL, INTERIORS, WEST COAST

Since joining the Santa Barbara office in 2005, Barbara has led Harrison Design’s West Coast interiors practice. With a Certificate of Design from the University of California at Santa Barbara-Extension, Barbara’s work spans residential, hospitality and commercial design. Actively engaged in the design community, she’s a founding member and member emeritus of both the Pearl Chase Society Board and the Courthouse Legacy Foundation Board. Barbara is a past Docent Board President and member of the Museum of Art Docent Council. Previously, she was on the City of Santa Barbara Historic Landmarks and Planning Commissions. In 2007, Barbara received the Saint Barbara Award from the City of Santa Barbara for outstanding service to enhance and preserve the built environment of Santa Barbara.

Betsy McBride

Principal, Interiors, ASID, Atlanta

Betsy leads the commercial interiors studio in Atlanta. She joined the firm’s residential interiors studio in 2013, before opening the commercial interiors studio in 2019. Betsy holds two bachelor’s degrees: Art History at the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior design from the Art Institute of Atlanta. She began her professional interiors career as a kitchen and bath designer before working for a number of high-end residential design firms in Atlanta. Betsy is a registered interior designer, receiving her NCIDQ certification in 2018.

Emily Schickner

Principal Architect, AIA, Atlanta

Emily Schickner joined Harrison Design’s commercial studio in 2017 and in 2021, she was promoted to the firm’s first female Principal Architect. She earned her Master of Architecture degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta in 2013 and her Bachelor of Arts in architecture from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 2007. Emily started her career with architecture firms in Cincinnati and Marietta, Ga. She is currently serving a three-year elected term on Atlanta’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors and is acting as 2023 President. From 2020-2021, she served as the regional director of the AIA South Atlantic Region’s Young Architects Forum, and in 2022 she was honored by receiving AIA Georgia’s Emerging Professional Award. She’s also a certified member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Board. Until age 16, Emily lived in Tokyo and attended the American School in Japan for six years.

Alan Williamson

PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT, AIA, ATLANTA

Alan joined Harrison Design in 2014 after 23 years managing his own firm in Fort Payne, Ala.  He received his bachelor’s degree with honors in architecture from Yale University in New Haven, Conn. and a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Mass.  He maintains his National Council of Architectural Registration Boards certification and is currently a registered architect in Alabama and Georgia.  Alan has been active in the American Institute of Architects for more than 25 years and is a past president of its Northeast Alabama Chapter and Alabama Council.

Senior Project Managers

Rebecca Ascher

Project Manager, RA, New York

As senior project manager of the New York City office, Rebecca brings exquisite taste and extraordinary attention to detail to all aspects of project design and management. Serving often as both architect and interior designer, she is lauded for her ability to fully relate the scale of a room to the pieces placed within it, establishing a cohesive design to the architecture and the interiors of a home. Before joining Harrison Design in 2022, she was co-owner of a boutique interiors and architecture studio. Rebecca graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Subsequently, she received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts. She is a licensed architect in New York and Rhode Island, and her professional affiliations include membership in the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

Cerise Carleo

Project Manager, AIA, Los Angeles

Cerise’s interest in architecture began at an early age while traveling with her family and drawing the new cities she encountered. As a distinguished cum laude graduate from the University of Southern California with a professional 5-year Bachelor of Architecture Degree, Cerise joined Harrison Design in 2015. She promptly completed her professional licensure in 2018, gaining the title of the youngest licensed architect at Harrison Design Los Angeles. She now serves as a Project Manager and Director of Architecture for the LA office, specializing in residential projects. Outside of work, she serves on the Education Committee for the ICAA and is a member of other groups, including AIA, Women at Work, and Soho House. For Cerise, architecture combines the freedom of design with the rigor and order of mathematics. She strives to find the beauty in everything.

R. Derek Hopkins

Project Manager, ASSOCIATE AIA, ATLANTA

Derek is a graduate of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where he earned a bachelor’s degree from the School of Design. He joined Harrison Design in 1999 and now serves as project manager.  Derek’s portfolio of work includes residential, multifamily, retail and hospitality, with projects spanning from Montecito, Calif., to the “Gold Coast” of Long Island, NY.  His professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.

Sandra Dunham

Sandra Dunham

Project Manager, Interiors, ASID, St. Simons

Sandra joined the St. Simons’ office of Harrison Design in 2012 and directs its interior design studio. After earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in interior design in 2011 from Savannah College of Art and Design, she began her professional career with a Savannah interior design firm before relocating to St. Simons to work for Harrison Design. In 2018, she received her master’s degree in interior design from Brenau University, which is based in Gainesville, Ga.. Sandra is a registered interior designer, receiving her NCIDQ certification in 2017.

Karissa Kizer

Project Manager, AIA, Los Angeles

The most intriguing aspect of architecture for Karissa is the balance of endless creativity with a strict set of guidelines. During her studies at Syracuse University, Karissa took part in the study abroad program in Florence, Italy. Here, she began to draw on her childhood travels, experiencing the joy of classical architecture with newly trained eyes. After graduating Cum Laude, she worked in commercial architecture in Boston before settling in Los Angeles and joining Harrison Design in 2016. LEED accredited since 2009; she became a licensed architect in 2019. As Director of Architecture, Karissa takes pride in mentoring younger staff, exposing them to all aspects of the design process.

Ryan Leehey

Project Manager, LANDSCAPES, ASLA, PLA, LOS ANGELES

Leading the landscape architecture studio for the West Coast, Ryan is expert in all aspects of the design process, including innovative concepts and overall project management. He has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with a minor in sustainable environments from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. Before joining Harrison Design, he worked with firms in San Diego and Tustin, California, and interned with resort planners in Beijing. He is an associate member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and is active with its Cal Poly SLO Chapter.

William Hull

Project Manager, AIA, Santa Barbara

William earned his professional architectural degree from the University of Notre Dame, which included a year in their Rome studies program, where he was able to nurture and refine his love of hand drawing and rendering techniques. Before joining Harrison Design in 2018, he worked for many years in San Francisco, specializing in custom traditional design for projects all over the world. William now runs projects ranging in type from high-end residential to institutional to sacred architecture. As a licensed architect and a stickler for classical detailing and principles, William enjoys applying his knowledge to creating a more enduring, functional, and beautiful built environment.

Serena Ettelson

Project Manager, AIA, Santa Barbara

Serena’s interest in architecture began admiring the historic buildings at Balboa Park in her hometown of San Diego. Following the completion of her master’s degree at the University of Colorado, she joined Harrison Design in 2016 and achieved professional licensure. In her spare time, she instructs courses with the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art and volunteers with the AIA, Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara, and other local initiatives. Her favorite part of the job is the endless study of timeless details, and environmental mindfulness found in traditional architecture.

Robbie Pich

Project Manager, ASSOCIATE AIA, ATLANTA

Robbie earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. His experience includes work with several firms across the country, including in his hometown of Salisbury, Md.; Aspen, Colo., and Atlanta. In 1999, Robbie joined Harrison Design. His work was honored with a 2007 Shutze Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and he received the Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award of Excellence in 2006.

Joseph Piscitelli

Project Manager, LANDSCAPES, ASLA, RLA, NEW YORK

Joe’s career in landscape architecture has primarily focused on the New York and Atlanta metropolitan areas. Before receiving his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia in Athens, he earned an associate degree in Ornamental Horticulture Landscape Development at Farmingdale State University in Farmingdale, NY. Joe was a project architect for Site Solutions in Atlanta and then relocated to Long Island, New York, where he was employed with several firms specializing in landscape design. His designs are regularly recognized by the Long Island Nursery & Landscape Association’s annual showcase of awards. In 2017 Joe was the recipient of the American Planning Association Los Angeles Award of Excellence for Urban Design, and in 2018 he was on the shortlist for the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial in Newtown, Connecticut.

Daniel Romanoff

Daniel Romanoff

Project Manager, Interiors, Los Angeles

Daniel joined the Los Angeles office in 2019 after working for more than 10 years in interior design in New York City, including projects in the Hamptons, Palm Springs, Santa Monica and Palm Beach. He received his degree in interior design at Parsons Art and Design in New York. After graduating, he worked for a number of leading Manhattan-based interior design firms, including Christopher Maya, Inc. and Mark Epstein Designs, and was in management with Schumacher before establishing his own practice in NYC in 2015. Daniel’s training in fine art informs his approach to interiors.

Robert A. Tretsch III

Project Manager, MODERN STUDIO, AIA, ATLANTA

Robert joined Harrison Design in 2003 and is the director of the firm’s Modern Studio. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Syracuse University in New York. Robert began his career as an intern at TVS Design in Atlanta before working for firms in Princeton, N.J., and Atlanta. His professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and Rotary Club of Buckhead.

Directors

Sam Boldea

Director, IT, Atlanta

After receiving his degree in Computer Science at Southern Polytechnic State University, Sam worked as a Technology Systems Manager for over six years before joining Harrison Design 2019 as a consultant. He soon became an integral part of the company, assisting in the move to virtual desktops, which proved pivotal for those working from home during the pandemic. Being approachable is an essential component of Sam’s work ethic. Even the “smallest” issue can significantly impact a user’s day. Sam’s goal is to ensure all of Harrison Design’s employees’ technology needs are met and exceeded so they can perform to the best of their ability.

 

Carol Hayes

Controller, Atlanta

Carol joined the firm in its Atlanta headquarters in 1998 and has been an integral part of its growth. She has spent her career mastering the art of accounting, first studying in Manhattan, then finishing her accounting degree at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. From accounting to human resources to information technology, Carol appreciates the diversity of her administrative responsibilities. Known for being detail-oriented, systematic and efficient, it is not surprising that Carol’s favorite project as company Controller is preparing the corporate taxes; it is a large, exacting puzzle. That said, she is equally comfortable assisting architects with budgets to negotiating rates with insurance companies on behalf of the staff that has grown four-fold since 1998.

Lee Kinsella

Director, Marketing, Atlanta

Creativity has been life’s defining factor for Marketing Director Lee Kinsella. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Studio Art in 2000, Lee joined Harrison Design as Office Manager, a title she held for more than 10 years while playing a variety of supporting roles in Marketing. With a practiced eye for detail and an inherent ability to distill the salient points of our work, in 2013, she was named Marketing Director, overseeing advertising, public relations, web and social media presence, coordinating between Harrison Design’s six North American offices. Her passion for client relations and project management has made her an invaluable asset to the firm.

Steve Laine

Chief Financial Officer, CPA, Atlanta

Steve, who joined the firm in 2022, is a certified public accountant with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southwestern University in Americus. His experience encompasses a wide range of industries with responsibility for all financial operations. Most recently, he was chief financial officer of the private equity firm The White Oak Group in Atlanta. Previously, he was the chief financial officer of Georgia Community Support Solutions, based in Atlanta, and, for 11 years, he was chief financial officer of the State Bar of Georgia, a governing body for over 50,000 attorney members.

A member of the Georgia Society of CPA’s Leadership Council for six years, Steve has been active with the Georgia Wing of the U.S. Civil Air Patrol for five years, acting as a finance officer and mission scanner. He has completed 187 marathons, including twice finishing one marathon in each of the 50 states.

 

Teresa Nagley

Director, HR, Atlanta

Before becoming Harrison Design’s Director of Human Resources, Teresa skillfully navigated the road map between artistry and numbers for over 15 years as Manager of Accounts Receivable. With over 30 years of experience in accounting and 13 in Human Resources, Teresa’s professional journey began with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia State University. Some of her duties include compliance, employee relations, benefits, HRIS implementation and health & safety, a pivotal role during the pandemic. Her gracious orientation to new associates makes their first day a secure experience as they begin their tenure with Harrison Design well-informed and ready for work.

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History

Founded by William H. (Bill) Harrison, AIA, in Atlanta, Harrison Design began its story in the 1970s as a design-build company called Harrison Design Construction. After studying at Georgia Tech, Bill traveled through Europe where he experienced the architecture of the masters, visiting many of the palaces and villas designed by Andrea Palladio.

Upon his return, Bill began designing and building homes for a select few clients. In the mid-1990s, he was joined by Gregory Palmer, AIA, Bulent Baydar, AIA, Rick Hatch, Assoc. AIA, and John Albanese, AIA, resulting in the rapid growth of commissions throughout Georgia. Karen Ferguson, ASID, now the Principal of Interiors, entered the firm as a recent college graduate before establishing the Interiors Department in 2000.

In 2003, Bulent Baydar established the firm’s first West Coast office in Santa Barbara. The year after its opening, local architect Anthony (Tony) Spann, AIA, chose to merge his practice with Harrison Design. Barbara Lowenthal joined the office to oversee the interiors practice in 2005. Anthony Grumbine, AIA, now leads the Santa Barbara office, producing work ranging from new homes to extensive historical renovations within the area.

In the following years, the firm’s Atlanta clients drove demand to the eastern shore with commissions for luxurious vacation homes in the Golden Isles. As a result, the St. Simons office was opened in 2006 under the leadership of Chad Goehring, Assoc. AIA. Meanwhile, back in Atlanta, Harrison Design established its first Modern Studio, headed by architect Robert Tretsch, AIA.

In 2007, Harrison Design California expanded to cater more conveniently to their Los Angeles clientele. With over 20 employees, Tony Spann and Jesse Harrison lead the Los Angeles office, specializing in high-end residential projects situated in Beverly Hills, the Hollywood Hills and Malibu. Ryan Leehey, PLA, and Daniel Romanoff respectively oversee the landscape architecture and interiors studios.

Greg Palmer and Bulent Baydar designed various residences throughout the Northern Virginia and metropolitan D.C. areas beginning in 2005, leading Bulent to establish a D.C. office in 2010; in 2012 Mark D. Hughes, AIA, joined the firm and now manages the office full-time. Nicolas Charbonneau, Assoc. AIA, joined the D.C. office in 2015 and, alongside Anthony Grumbine of the Santa Barbara office, leads Harrison Design’s sacred architecture studio dedicated to improving communities by creating highly functional, refined and enduring spaces.

Overseen by Long Island-native John Albanese, demand in one of the few growing markets during the recession of 2011 required a permanent New York office on the North Shore of Long Island. Relocated to Manhattan in 2019, the studio is now led by architect Rebecca Ascher, RA, accompanied by Joseph Piscitelli, RLA, director of landscape architecture.

In response to a unique opportunity, Harrison Design established the Commercial Studio in 2016 to provide complete design services for large-scale multi-family communities. Under the leadership of Alan Williamson, AIA, Emily Schickner, AIA, and Betsy McBride, ASID, the studio has expanded its base to include hospitality and corporate office design as well as multi-family residential.

In 2017 Greg Palmer opened the firm’s office located in Naples to better serve Florida coastline clientele.

With the passing of Bill Harrison in 2021, an immensely experienced management team consisting of Greg Palmer, Rick Hatch, John Albanese, Tony Spann and Bulent Baydar was formed to build upon the past successes of Harrison Design and ensure the core ethos of the firm are upheld. 

William H. Harrison (1948-2021)