I began my career in construction working as a building contractor for a number of years prior to attending college. I have always appreciated the practical hands on experience that I received at that time. I graduated from Temple University in 1992 Magna Cum Laude with a professional Bachelor of Architecture degree. For six years I worked my way into a partnership with Todd Phillippi, and in that time worked on numerous commercial, institutional, and residential projects in the Philadelphia area. In 1998 we opened a firm by the name of Whitehead, Phillippi and Harris Inc that focused exclusively on the design of churches, and church related ministries. For the next thirteen years I worked as the managing partner of this firm consisting of 15 to 20 people. We worked on well over 200 projects throughout the United States and Canada in sizes that ranged from several thousand to forty million dollars. The projects profiled on the "Churches" page of this web site are just a few of the ones that I was directly responsible from design through construction. In 2013 I formed an independent practice to work on a wider range of commercial and residential projects, and to focus more exclusively in the Philadelphia region.
In addition to my work as a designer, project manager, and managing principal my specific areas of expertise are in computer modeling, and rendering. I have worked as a consultant for a number of design firms as they upgrade their technology and attempt to make the transition from computer aided drafting (CAD) to parametric based 3-dimensional modeling. All of my work is done in the latest 3-D modeling software that allows my clients to better visualize the design and be an active participant in the design process. I enjoy working on projects of every size and type, and I especially enjoy the creative process of finding unexpected solutions in difficult design situations.
Jeffrey A Harris RA
LEED Accredited Professional
LEED Accredited Professional: This is a design professional that has passed the certification process administered by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and is therefore knowledgeable of the latest technology in sustainable construction. Buildings seeking LEED Certification require a LEED AP to manage the submission process.
NCARB Certified: An architect that has this certification administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards is able to fairly quickly and efficiently gain registration in additional states. I currently hold a license to practice in 15 states.