William "Bill" Henry Harrison Jr.
October 4, 1948 – May 8, 2021
William Henry (Bill) Harrison, aged 72, of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 8, 2021 while at home with his family. His legacy lives on in the communities he impacted with beautiful architectural design and through the spirited love he imparted to those around him.
Born October 4, 1948 in Macon, Georgia, Bill was a graduate of Lanier High School and earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He founded the renowned architectural firm, Harrison Design, where he brought his love of nature into design elements that transformed homes and communities across Atlanta and around the world.
Bill was a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art; the Advisory Board of the Georgia Institute of Technology; the Atlanta Rotary Club; The Buckhead Coalition; Chastain Park Conservancy; Design Leadership Network; Georgia Tech Hill Society; Leaders of Design Council; The Lutyens Trust America; National Council of Architectural Registration Boards; The National and Georgia Trusts for Historic Preservation; the University of Miami School of Architecture Advisory Board; and the American Institute of Architects.
Always energetic and entrepreneurial, Bill lived a life of adventure and creativity. In his early ventures, he forayed in businesses ranging from architectural model-building to creating a leather clothing business, and he even enjoyed a stint in the music industry. The inspiration for the business he would carry throughout his life came during a trip to the villas of Andrea Palladio in Italy, which reignited the architectural flames in his heart. As Bill would say in later years, “I touched [the architecture]... and it touched me.”
In the late 1970s, Bill launched a construction company, which would evolve into the luxury architecture firm bearing his name, Harrison Design. The firm has grown to seven domestic offices and one international office, serving clients the world over.
Bill’s spare time was spent creating robust educational initiatives, and he coordinated on the development of regional award programs for excellence in design. He earned numerous preservation awards and was recognized for his efficient response in times of natural disaster.
Most especially, Bill loved to travel with his wife Andrea and their children, and he always drew inspiration from his jaunts.
He is survived by his wife, Andrea; his sons, Maverick and James and their mother Deborah, his stepdaughters, Julia and Ellie; his brother and sister in law, John and Carole Harrison; his sister, Jean Kujawa, his stepbrother, Doug and his wife Tina Andrews; and his beloved nieces & nephews, Kelly & Ryan Teague, John and Katie Harrison, Christine & Eric Jones, Jennifer & Nick Rhoads, Dr. Bryan Kujawa and his wife Allison, and Randy Clark. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hazel and William Harrison; his stepmother Ione Harrison; his sister, Dale Harrison Clark; and his stepbrother, Mike Andrews.
A memorial service will take place at 3pm on Friday, May 14 on the lawn at Bill and Andrea’s home at 4825 Woodvale Drive, Atlanta, 30327.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the newly formed The Bill Harrison Foundation to support education of the arts https://tinyurl.com/BillHarrisonFdn.
- He is survived by his wife, Andrea; his sons, Maverick and James and their mother Deborah, his stepdaughters, Julia and Ellie; his brother and sister in law, John and Carole Harrison; his sister, Jean Kujawa, his stepbrother, Doug and his wife Tina Andrews; and his beloved nieces & nephews, Kelly & Ryan Teague, John and Katie Harrison, Christine & Eric Jones, Jennifer & Nick Rhoads, Dr. Bryan Kujawa and his wife Allison, and Randy Clark.
A memorial service will take place at 3pm on Friday, May 14 on the lawn at Bill and Andrea’s home at 4825 Woodvale Drive, Atlanta, 30327. The service will not be livestreamed.
Friday, May 14, 2021
William "Bill" Henry Harrison Jr.
Ann marie and Raymond Tracey
May 19, 2021
My dearest Andrea
I am so so sorry to hear of the sad news of William(Bill) death . May he Rest in Peace . I watched the funeral on live stream and was so touched by all the speakers and the beautiful attributes that Bill shared .I honestly believe that Bill was one in a million .
Again my sincere condolences.
“May the road rise to meet you and May you keep safe in the gentle loving arms of god .”
May 16, 2021
Bill was a most remarkable person I had the good fortune to know , to do business with and to call a friend . Our business careers blossomed at just about the same time. Although our businesses were in no way similar or intertwined he always jokingly took credit for mine and not to be outdone I did for his. May he Rest In Peace.
May 15, 2021
I was a fraternity brother of Billy and remember him as a fearless athlete. He was very quiet but when we needed a light weight wrestler for our team he stepped right up. He was strong, quick and he won!! I practiced against him because he was much better than me. I did not win but he kept me from embarrassing myself.
I also remember his leather jackets that he made. A fun guy to know.
May 15, 2021
I am so sad to learn of Bill's passing. I got to know him when we renovated our home in Atlanta and immediately became friends. He was generous of his time and and he has left an incredible mark on the architecture of Atlanta and beyond. May his memory be a blessing.
May 14, 2021
We’ve shared so many wonderful and happy times with Bill. He was always so passionate and encouraging about our adventures in real estate and was right there with us. There was nothing we loved more than sharing bread with Bill while he shared his stories. He was a true friend we loved like family. Our love and prayers go out to Andrea and the children. He loved you all so🥰
With our deepest sympathies,
Tim and Joni Newell
May 12, 2021
I have known Billy since the first grade at Alexander IV in Macon. You could tell he was destined to be special.