Paul Harney

Principal, Science and Technology, Washington, D.C.

Determined from a very young age to become an architect, Paul mapped out his high school years around getting into the best architecture schools. Though he had never before stepped foot in the state of Texas, Paul chose Rice University for their intense professional degree program.

He soaked in five excellent years of architectural study in Houston, plus a one-year professional internship in New York. This internship provided a diverse introduction to almost every project type; but it was in Los Angeles, in his first professional position after graduating, where he engaged in his first science and technology project on a higher education campus: a computer science and engineering research facility at UC Irvine. Though he took a few alternates paths following this project—including three years working in Tokyo—Paul circled back to this project type, and has spent the last 25 years with us developing an expertise in the planning and design of science and technology projects for higher education institutions.

“I decided from a very early age that I wanted to grow up to be an architect.”

Paul’s focus on higher education and science and technology projects has been a rewarding fit. As an academic, with a strong interest in science and engineering, Paul has significantly connected with the users of his projects, which only makes each project stronger. He continues to be intrigued by the complexities of designing on college campuses and shares a passion for the general sense of purpose that these buildings embody. Paul has served multiple programming, planning, and design roles for landmark buildings at universities from coast-to-coast, including the University of Virginia, George Mason University, Cornell University, Ohio State University, Stanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Bowie State University
Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing
Bowie State University
Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing
George Mason University
Exploratory Hall

Paul's Featured Work

Cornell University Upson Hall
Ithaca, New York
Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM)
Prince George County, Virginia