Evan Harrison


My name is Evan Harrison. I am from Illinois. I just graduated from Iowa State University with my BArch in Architecture.

What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?

As a future architect, I recognize that the blueprint we create are a reflection of the ideals of our clients; henceforth, the sustainability of our buildings will never be achieved if we are not actively educating our communities on ways to prioritize energy and material usage as a forefront issue. For this reason, my aspirations in architecture are focused on reshaping the method by which we design to more actively include community education and decision-making opportunities, the outcome being sustainable building design as a result of more resource conscious users.

What exciting projects/research are you working on now?

I am currently finishing my work with the Council for Building Energy Research (CBER) at Iowa State University where we have been developing methods and tools for urban planners and designers to foster more impactful community-researcher relationships. The primary focus of this multi-disciplinary research is to create knowledge feedback loops between our research team, municipal agencies, and our Des Moines community collaborators to develop more contextualized solutions for sustainable development and design.

What are your plans for the next five years?

Complete my architecture registration exams (ARE exams), collect all the required practice hours, and join a great firm as a licensed architect!

What made you want to apply to SISE?

After five years of hypothetical class projects, SISE seemed like an amazing opportunity to attempt sustainability in a real and substantial way; a truly cross-disciplinary approach for implementing change in a very unique Chicago neighborhood. Above all else, I am excited to collaborate with all of the fellows at SISE, and learn more about the ways our fields may alchemize to create novel, new approaches towards sustainable design.

What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?

Other than SISE, I’m looking forward to exploring new places in the city, especially if there is quality caffeine in the area!

Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?

Yes, I like cats: my orange tabby and I have a chummy rapport with one another… not so much when he knocks stuff off my desk in the middle of the night though :D