05 Mar Stuart Harris
Director of Architecture + Sustainability
Workplace interiors are high-touch, high-performing spaces that directly impact people every day. I help business leaders achieve tangible and intangible returns on their investment—from human health, wellness and productivity, to facility efficiency, agility, and ease of maintenance.
As an architect, Stuart Harris advances his discipline by providing what people need to thrive at work. Early in his career, Stuart recognized that built environments hold the power to positively impact people’s lives every day. By fostering employee productivity and well-being through architecture, he leads his teams to steadily raise the bar for what exceptional workplaces can achieve. Stuart’s human-centric design approach creates beautiful, smart, healthy spaces that are fine-tuned to peak performance.
As the Director of Architecture and Sustainability at PDR, Stuart advises that in today’s employee-centric work environment, sustainability should focus on human sustainability. While programs like LEED are important and have a fundamental role in our work, its value to companies cannot be considered complete without also supporting wellness and well-being. The rise of the WELL rating system is a terrific example. Stuart’s process is designed to deliver more than wishful thinking. It’s designed for success, for both the company and the employees that work there. He makes it easy and economical for clients to align their design decisions with their ideal targets for efficiency and well-being—regardless of whether the project pursues accreditation, or not.
A disciplined steward of every detail of the architectural process, Stuart also leads PDR’s quality assurance efforts. He holds all design teams accountable for creating thoughtful solutions that are documented with complete and accurate drawings. This is one of the many reasons Stuart’s team won the design competition for HP Inc.’s Houston Campus. His experience showed he could deliver on their vision to reinvent their workplace.
When HP Inc.’s leadership challenged PDR to completely transform the workplace experience of its Houston Campus, Stuart encouraged his architectural team to design environments that would reinvigorate the organization’s strong, entrepreneurial culture. They worked in concert with PDR’s other efforts in Design, Workplace Strategy, and Change Management to define HP Inc.’s Workplace of the Future. Together with his design team, they promoted healthier habits by creating more opportunities for workers to move around and engage with each other and reintroduced natural light into their work environment. Their innovative designs support business goals, empower every worker, flex for future change, and provide amenities as alternative workplaces. Not only is HP Inc.’s Houston Campus regarded as a resounding success, but the project has also earned LEED v4 ID+C Gold certification in 2020.
Stuart guides his team to consider the impacts their spaces have on the people who use them. More than just beautiful environments, they must also support the work and appropriately engage the people. He promotes the idea that better moments add up to better lives. Stuart’s point of view, long-term thinking, and consistently impeccable project delivery have led to strong advisory relationships with Fortune 500 companies. Years after designing eight floors for Cheniere Energy in Houston’s historic Pennzoil building, he maintains an advisory role leading the consulting and design support for many of Cheniere’s global projects.
Similarly, Stuart continues to advise on complex and high-profile confidential projects that he and his team designed, from a Global Consulting Firm’s high-performing workplaces to an Equipment and Tool Rental Company’s workplaces nation-wide.
Stuart’s leadership style brings the best of the best to his projects. An ambassador of PDR’s values, he cites the firm’s culture of collaboration as a diverse, evergreen resource for exceptional critical discourse and design. Before “saving the people” or “saving the planet” Stuart solves for what the client organization needs to succeed—and does so with the brightest designers by his side.