Principal, Garrison Architects

James H. Garrison


James Garrison is an architect and educator whose work expands the boundaries of sustainability, demonstrating how modern architecture can address the ecological realities of our era. Garrison believes that teaching and practice reinforce one another; in addition to working with his own firm (Garrison Architects) he also teaches at the Pratt Institute.

In 1971 he attended the Syracuse University School of Architecture, graduating with the Matthew Del Gaudio Award for design excellence. There he apprenticed with modernists Lewis Skoler and Kermit Lee and was mentored by Werner Seligmann. In 1978 Garrison joined Polshek and Partners where he handled the conception, design, and technical development of many projects, his buildings receiving four Progressive Architecture Design Awards and two Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects.

In 1991, he founded Garrison Architects to practice in a diverse and personalized studio setting. The firm has focused on a wide range of building types from master plans for the city of Tokyo to urban playgrounds of recycled plastics. The firm utilizes a comprehensive approach to sustainability with the goals of eliminating the machinery and reducing the complexity and energy demands of artificial climate control. Mr. Garrison provides general leadership of the firm, including a generation of design concepts, direction of design development, communication with clients, and the technical overview of building systems. He personally oversees the development of each project that is undertaken in the office.