James Garrison

James Garrison

James Garrison (born 1953 in Western Pennsylvania) is an American Architect and educator who lives in Brooklyn with his two children, Brendan and Emma. He teaches at the Parsons School of Architecture, Lighting, and Design in New York.

Garrison graduated from the Syracuse University School of Architecture in 1971 with the Matthew Del Gaudio Award for design excellence. At Syracuse he apprenticed with modernists Lewis Skoler and Kermit Lee and was mentored by Werner Seligmann. Garrison worked at Polshek Partnership Architects starting in 1978 where he handled the concept, design, and technical development of many projects including the master plan for the Brooklyn Museum. His buildings designed there, including the National Inventor's Hall of Fame in Akron, OH, received four Progressive Architecture Design Awards and two Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects.

In 1991, Garrison founded his current firm [http://www.garrisonarchitects.com Garrison Architects] . The firm's award-winning work covers a range of building types. Recent government projects include the US Border Patrol Station in Murrieta, CA which won a 2006 AIA NYS Design Merit Award and a 2006 General Services Administration Design Award, as well as work on US Embassies in Korea, Rabat, Oman, and Morocco. Other recent projects include a master plan for the city of Tokyo, the offices of Swissair in Rockefeller Center, and the redesign of [http://www.restorationplaza.org Restoration Plaza in Bedford Stuyvesant] .

Garrison has a reputation as one of the pioneering figures in sustainable modern design, emphasizing notions of tectonic form, preservation, and long life. His work employs a range of strategies from the elimination of air conditioning to the conservation of water and natural resources. Recent modular projects integrate these ideas by making long-lasting buildings that can be built quickly, reducing design and construction costs and thereby conserving energy.

External links

* [http://www.parsons.edu/assets/scapes4.pdf "Towards a Sustainable Architecture" by James Garrison, in Scapes 2005]
* [http://www.garrisonarchitects.com Garrison Architects Homepage]
* [http://www.modernmodularhouse.blogspot.com Modern Modular House blog by Garrison Architects]
* [http://www2.parsons.edu/architecture/AIDL/includes/people/faculty/a-h/garrison.htm James Garrison Homepage at Parsons]
* [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3601/is_30_51/ai_n13463792 "Renowned Architect Designs With Nature in Mind," Real Estate Weekly]

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