Samuel Y. Harris
Professional Engineer and Registered Architect
Certified Building Inspection Engineer

Sam Harris has over forty years of experience as an architect and as an engineer involved in historic preservation, building performance issues, and rehabilitation of existing and aging buildings. After receiving a BA from Amherst College, he completed graduate programs in architecture, engineering, and law.

Mr. Harris taught for over twenty years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Architecture and Historic Preservation Programs. During that time he wrote Building Pathology, the definitive and generally accepted text on the subject of building deterioration, diagnostics and intervention.

Over the past twelve years alone, Mr. Harris and his staff have been involved in the preservation or stabilization of seven National Historic Landmarks in the Mid-Atlantic area of United States as well as fifteen other historically significant structures which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The practice has also been involved in projects outside the region, notably in Nebraska, South Carolina, Ohio, and Mississippi as well as off-shore locations in Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and Nevis.

Mr. Harris is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserve. During his active duty years, he served as a medical evacuation helicopter pilot in Viet Nam where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and multiple Air Medals.