Valerie Harris

Project Architect

When I was in school, I had an insatiable desire to learn new things and to excel in everything. As an architect, I strive to carry that same level of curiosity and diligence in my work. Every project presents its own unique challenges and opportunities that push me to continually grow as a designer. As an architect in the educational design field, I have the opportunity to help transform the ideas and dreams of students, teachers, and community members into a physical structure that will last for decades. Not many professions offer the opportunity to put such a physical stamp on a community. Once a school is built, it’s deeply rewarding for me to go back and visit, because I can see the manifestation of all of my hard work in the faces of the people who are enjoying their new building. That motivates me to keep learning and growing to make the next project even better.

As a lifelong learner, I like to continually challenge myself. There is always something new to learn and discover, and McGranahan Architects offers me that opportunity. I am impressed by the firm’s focus on quality in all aspects of their projects, as well as their focus on collaboration both within and beyond the firm.

As a native to the Tacoma area (I grew up in Puyallup/Graham) I love contributing to the built environment that I also call home. My professional experience is mostly in K-12 projects of various sizes and types – everything from minor tenant improvements to major remodels to new construction. I also have experience in all phases of the design process, including educational specifications and construction administration. Outside of the office, I have been involved in Young Architects Forum, Association for Learning Environments, and have served on the Board for the local AIA chapter.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, Washington State University
Master of Architecture, Washington State University
Licensed Architect, Washington

CERTIFICATIONS

Building Condition Assessment certified