Harrison Square

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

Project Info
Harrison Square
Atlanta, GA
Size: 1.2 acres

Harrison Square has become an indelible part of Georgia Tech’s campus, re-establishing Tech Hill and the surrounding historic district as the birthplace of the institution.  The executed design is more than a respectful nod to this proud heritage, and includes contemporary moments and gestures that speak to the present moment while anticipating a future aligned with the university’s mission – to “define the technological research university of the twenty-first century.” 

Centrally located in the oldest part of campus, Harrison Square also plays an important role in student life.  It readily accommodates large events on the lawn, is a regular stop on campus tours, and provides a quiet and welcome respite for students, faculty and staff alike in a series of outdoor rooms and seating areas.  It accomplishes all of this with a simple and elegant design that responds to site constraints while preserving the integrity of this important site.  The design also successfully integrates a variety of historic buildings, monuments and gathering spaces into a single composition that is at once memorable and contextual.