Green Design

Green Architect

Green Architecture

Environmental Design

Environmental Architect

Environmental Architecture

Sustainable Design

Sustainable Architect

Sustainable Architecture

Jan Harison

Jan Harrison

Jan Harrison

Jan Harrison

Janet Harrison

Janet Harrison

Janet Harrison

Janet Harison



J. Harrison, Architect


J. Harison, Architect



Energy Efficiency

Solar Power


Natural Ventilation

Chesapeake Bay Foundation


Save the Bay

Merrill Center

Merill Center

Merril Center

Meril Center



Philip Merrill Environmental Center


US Green Building Council

LEED certified

LEED accredited professional

LEED accredited designer

Fox Island Lodge

Bishops Head

Karen Noonan Environmental Center

Janet Harrison Baugh

Janet Harrison is a registered architect and one of the nation's leading green design consultants. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Maryland where she did her thesis on the adaptations of animals to their environment and how we can use those lessons in our designs.

Ms. Harrison established her own firm, J. Harrison, Architects in 1984 to concentrate on the integration of nature and design. The firm specializes in residential, educational, and light commercial facilities with an emphasis on universal design and sustainable building practices including appropriate siting, energy efficient heating, cooling, and lighting, active and passive solar design, and healthy and resource efficient materials. In addition to design services, the firm offers workshops, seminars and consulting on Green Design, and LEED Consulting.

State of Maryland, Architectural Registration Board, 1983

State of Pennsylvania, Architectural Registration Board, 2000

US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional, 2001

MDOT MBE/DBE Certification No. DOT MBE 01-568

Janet Harrison was the Green Consultant for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Merrill Center, designed by SmithGroup, that won numerous awards.  These awards include:

•  Construction Innovation Forum's NOVA Award, 2003

•  Business Week/Architectural Record Award, 2001

•  Design Excellence, AIA, DC Chapter, 2001

AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects, 2001

US Green Building Council, LEED Platinum Award, 2000

The Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center is an example of both sustainable and universal design. It won an award for accessibility:

•  Governor's Award for Barrier Free Design, in 1997, for the State of Maryland

 Time Magazine

•  Lacayo, Richard. "Buildings That Breathe." Time Magazine. 26 Aug. 2002: A36-A37.


•  McKee, Bradford. "The Green Machine." Architecture. Feb. 2001: 46-50, 124.

Architectural Record

•  "The Greenest Office on the Bay." Architectural Record. Aug. 2001: 100-101.

National Geographic

•  "7 Signs of Progress: Healthier Buildings." National Geographic. Sept. 2002: 107.

Washington Post

•  Forgey, Benjamin. "On the Bay, an Environmental High Tide." The Washington Post 6 Jan. 2001

Originally an old barn, this facility serves as the kitchen, dining hall, classroom, and meeting space for up to 50 overnight guests on environmental field trips. The center is located on an island in the Chesapeake Bay with a limited supply of electricity. It was designed to showcase energy conservation and efficient use of materials and resources.

It is heated with both passive and active solar heating. There is a greenhouse which serves as a sunspace and solar panels which then run the heated water through a radiant concrete floor. The domestic hot water is also heated by solar panels.

Materials and Resouces:

•  Reuse existing building

•  Recycling cabinets

•  Reclaimed lumber

•  Reclaimed pickle barrel

•  Rainwater cistern

•  Natural linoleum

•  Mexican tiles

•  Gray water system

•  Composting toilet

Fox Island Lodge

•  Tangier Sound, Virginia

•  Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Owner

•  J. Harrison, Architect for renovation

•  1978

Baker Hall

•  Port Isabel, Virginia

•  Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Owner

•  George, Miles & Buhr, A/E

•  J. Harrison, Green Consultant

•  1990

Karen Noonan Center for Environmental Education

•  Bishop's Head, Maryland

•  Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Owner

•  J. Harrison, Architect

•  1995

Philip Merrill Environmental Center

•  Annapolis, Maryland

•  Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Owner

•  Smithgroup, Architect

•  J. Harrison, Green Consultant

•  2000

Reduce your environmental footprint.

Reduce your energy expenses.

Or both!

Janet Harrison can help you bring your project into harmony with the earth by using natural materials and balancing natural rhythms.  Green Building does not have to cost more money.  In fact, it can save you money in the long run.

Strategic shading and fine-tuned glazing can reduce the need for air conditioning in the summer while allowing sunlight to warm the space in winter.

Natural daylighting can reduce the need for electric lights, reducing the waste heat, thereby reducing the need for air conditioning.

These are just a few examples of strategies to make your project more sustainable and energy efficient, bringing it into balance with the natural world.

We can work with both new and old buildings, commercial and residential, and visible and invisible systems.  Full architectural design services are available, but we are also able to work with your existing architect or design.

Epping Forest Residence

A complete renovation and addition to an old summer cottage, this house was  built with superb craftsmanship by Dan Goodman.

Fox Island Lodge : A Zero Energy Lodge 

Completely off the grid, Fox Island Lodge is a true Zero Energy House.

Photovoltaic panels provide power for an energy efficient refrigerator and fluorescent lighting. Water is provided by pedal power, courtesy of an old bicycle hooked up to the well pump. Waste is handled with a composting toilet, grey water system, and built in recycling bins.

Built in 1929 as a hunting lodge, it was renovated in 1978 for use as an education center and once again after Hurricane Isabel in 2003.

This lodge provides an ideal platform for teaching the 'small planet' concept to students on CBF's environmental education field trips. Students are able to get in touch with nature, hearing the sound of waves and the swallows which nest under the building

This outdoor education center was designed as a model of sustainable building, with environmentally responsible material choices and energy efficient strategies. Originally an old hunting lodge, it has been renovated by a national environmental organization to house 25 students and teachers on overnight field trips, with sleeping, cooking, eating, and classroom space. It was designed to nurture an appreciation and respect for the environment in the field trip participants.

The building serves as a lesson in sustainability, showing many different strategies for saving materials and saving energy

The Noonan Center's strategies in achieving sustainability include:

•  Reduce the need for fuel

•  Use renewable fuel sources

•  Reuse Materials

•  Use natural materials and avoid toxins

•  Protect habitat and ecosystems

•  Water Quality .

LEED:  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

Janet Harrison is a LEED Accredited Professional, offering a wide range of LEED services, including:

•  Initial Analysis

•  Registration

•  Research

•  Implementation

•  Documentation

•  Submission

Engineering and Commissioning are contracted separately.  She also offers workshops and presentations.

The LEED Rating System was developed by the US Green Building Council to evaluate environmental performance from a “whole building” perspective.  For a LEED analysis, we look at six categories: site, water, energy, materials, indoor environmental quality, and design excellence.

Janet has been involved with the US Green Building Council since its infancy, working with the very first version of the rating system, the LEED Pilot Phase.

She was responsible for LEED certification of the first Platinum rated building, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Philip Merrill Environmental Center in Annapolis, MD.   She is currently working on a pilot project for the State of Maryland, using the LEED Ratting System on the New Academic Building at Saint Mary’s College of Maryland.

Lindamoor Residence

A new kitchen for an award-winning cook spurred a renovation and addition designed to not only upgrade the kitchen, but also integrate it more fully with the living space. The new layout is ideal for gourmet cooking and entertaining.

For more information on the Philip Merrill Environmental Center go to   www..savethebay.cbf.or

The Philip Merrill Environmental Center was built to house the headquarters of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Annapolis, Maryland. This 30,000 square foot sustainable building was built not just as an office, but as a teaching tool, to demonstrate that sustainable design principles could be used in mainstream buildings. More than half of the materials used in the building come from within a radius of 300 miles, most other materials are salvaged, renewable, or recycled. The building uses only 50% of the energy of a traditional building, and of that energy, 30% is from renewable sources such as solar, photovoltaic, and ground source heat pumps. Rainwater is collected from the roof, but no water is used for toilets or irrigation, so the building uses only 10% of the potable water used by a typical office building.

The project participated in the pilot phase of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System and was the first building to earn a LEED Platinum Rating. It has subsequently won many other awards, including the NOVA Award for Construction Innovation in 2003, the Business Week/Architectural Record Award in 2001, and it was one of the AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects in 2001.

Key Green Design Features:

•  Rainwater cisterns

•  Composting toilets

•  Reducing site distrubance

•  Natural ventilation

•  Active solar features

•  Geothermal heat pump with desiccant dehumidification system

•  Structural insulated panels (SIPS)

•  Smart parking design

•  Certified wood

•  Detached conference facility

•  Recycled regenerable and reused materials

•  Transportation management

•  Native landscape species

•  Indoor air quality

•  Passive solar design

•  Building commissioning

Sherwood Forest Residence

Janet Harrison provided design consultation on this new house designed in a cottage style to fit comfortably in with the older summer houses in Sherwood Forest. A full front porch on the street side enhances the traditional neighborhood ambiance. Rear decks and windows take advantage of sweeping views of the Severn River.