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University of Oregon, Master of Architecture, 2002
Denmark International Studies Program, 2001
Denison University, 1994
Professor Harnish specializes in emerging construction materials and methods in the developing world; examining their impact on traditional aspects of culture and environment in developing communities. Following an undergrad degree from Denison Univ., where he studied Environmental Studies and English literature, he began a career in sustainable building materials and methods. While at the Center for Resourceful Building Technology in Missoula, he assisted in the research and writing of the annual Guide to Resource Efficient Building Materials (the first of its kind publication), and wrote articles examining topics such as Job Site Recycling and Construction Resource Efficiency. Professor Harnish later completed a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Oregon where he pursued rational, site responsive design appropriate to the user, culture and environment.
Chris then worked for the renowned architectural firm Deborah Berke and Partners, Architects in New York City. Following his tenure at DPBA he moved to South Africa to work as an Architecture for Humanity Design Fellow, managing design and construction of a community center and orphanage in Dennilton, Limpopo. In 2010 he led the design and oversaw construction of the Pete Patsa Performing Arts Centre in Viljounskroon, Free State, South Africa, for Dramatic Need, a London-based NGO. Currently Professor Harnish is the design architect for the eNtokozweni community center in Alexandra township,Johannesburg South Africa