• Anna Harrison
  • Director of Educational Planning
  • AS Interior Design, West Valley College, ALEP, San Diego State University

A Teacher at Heart
Prior to joining Aedis I was a member of the faculty at West Valley College teaching sustainable design. My students and I were asked to participate in the campus-wide sustainability strategic planning effort which grew into a LEED Internship. It was this experience that taught me the power of multi-disciplinary teams to bring about systemic change. The internship was supported by campus facilities and maintenance professionals, college leadership, a diverse collection of multi-disciplinary teachers, and design industry professionals. Together we literally activated the campus as a living laboratory. Today my commitment to the integration of culture, curriculum, and educational environments is a direct result of the success of the LEED Internship.

Most Memorable Projects
A memorable project for me is one where the client team is committed to leveraging the power of physical space to achieve their mission, vision, and goals. Whether its master planning, campus replacements, or existing building renovations, every decision we make as a team has an impact on the individuals who will live, learn, and play within them. Working collaboratively we can ensure that impact is positive and enhances the health and wellbeing of every occupant and the surrounding community.

Outside the Office…
A few years ago I achieved a lifelong dream of becoming a certified scuba diver. My favorite places in nature are on, near, or in the water making friends with the fishes and marveling at the beautiful undersea world. When on dry land I enjoy playing amateur naturalist spending as much time as possible outside in nature, bird watching and caring for our backyard edible garden and chickens. To stay balanced in mind, body, and spirit I practice mindfulness meditation and yoga.

‘I believe that all of us are impacted by the physical environment. As I child I remember being almost painfully sensitive to color, light, and the configuration of space. When I learned there was a profession called interior design I understood immediately that this was my calling. It is an exciting time for our profession as the body of research grows by leaps and bounds illuminating how and why we are affected by the spaces we inhabit, giving us the tools we need to practice human centered design.’