“Inspiring places that celebrate the past and embrace the future”

Our values

The historic environment belongs to us all. Revealing past stories to understand our heritage, and making sensitive adaptations and repairs to sustain its future is at the heart of what we do. From small terraced houses to whole neighbourhoods or listed buildings, from house histories to buildings archaeology, historic area assessments and conservation management plans, and from community talks to public/professional design and planning workshops, we care about getting it right for our clients and for society.

Our mission

We are passionate about historic buildings. Working with individuals, communities, corporate organisations and local authorities, we aim to deepen understanding of the past, enhance the historic environment, and create sustainable places that can be enjoyed for years to come.

We aim to:

  1. Provide high quality information about historical and heritage aspects of the built environment.
  2. Protect and enhance the historic built environment.
  3. Work sustainably in our professional practice, and contribute to the three pillars of sustainability through the design and specification of work to historic buildings.

Our experience

Joanne Harrison is a knowledgeable architect with specialisms in historic building conservation and sustainable design. She has a diverse skill-set and a proven track record in planning and implementing both architectural and research projects. Working primarily in private practice, she has a rich portfolio of projects in the residential, education, civic, commercial, retail and industrial sectors. Her research focuses on historic buildings and post-occupancy evaluation, and the interdisciplinary methodologies she pioneers, position her well for projects that encompass both the physicality of the built environment, and the ‘lived experience’ of this from a social perspective. 

Experienced in engaging with professionals and communities alike, Joanne builds productive and collaborative working relationships that are focused on finding creative solutions to complex problems.

Over the years, Joanne has been involved in various committee and voluntary professional roles for organisations including Leeds Society of Architects, Wakefield Civic Society, Wakefield Historical Society, Heritage Open Days and English Heritage. 

Photo of Joanne Harrison RIBA, Director of Harrison Architectural Heritage

Sharing our knowledge

We are committed to carrying out research and sharing our findings through publication, conferences, talks and tours. Our publications are provided in a variety of formats, most of which are free to access. We also regularly give presentations, talks and tours.