Ellen I. Harris

Ellen I. Harris

Ellen I. Harris

  • B.A., medieval studies with special honours, University of Birmingham, 1998
  • M.F.A., historic preservation, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2003
First year at SCAD:

"After receiving my undergraduate degree in history, I wanted to find a more hands-on application of my passion for history. Historic preservation was the perfect focus. Working both in the public and private sector, I quickly realized that there is an absence of qualified professionals in the historic preservation field. In an effort to remedy that, I began teaching. I quickly discovered that working with students is invigorating, inspiring and motivating."


Project manager for I-16 Exit Ramp Removal Study; manager, Chatham County historic preservation program


American Planning Association, Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia, Historic Preservation Advisory Committee, U.S. Green Building Council, Association for Preservation Technology Southeast Regional Chapter, Friends of Ossabaw Island Foundation

Publications and presentations

  • Markers, Monuments and Works of Art: Master Plan and Guidelines for the City of Savannah.
  • MPC, 2007, updated 2011
  • A Developmental History of Pipemaker's Canal, Chatham County, Georgia. MPC, 2009
  • Historic Designation: Advantages and Disadvantages. Brochure. MPC, 2008
  • Chatham County Register of Historic Places. Brochure. MPC, 2006
  • "Rehabilitation Tax Incentives: The New Deal." The Business Report and Journal, April 25, 2005

Previous Positions

Cultural resource and urban planning manager, Metropolitan Planning Commission, Savannah, Georgia; preservation planner, Metropolitan Planning Commission, Savannah, Georgia; historic preservationist, Lominack Kolman Smith Architects, Savannah, Georgia

Courses Taught

  • HIPR 322 Preservation Economics
  • HIPR 701 Introduction to Preservation
  • HIPR 703 Preservation Law and Advocacy
  • HIPR 706 Preservation Research and Survey
  • HIPR 721 Preservation Planning in the Built Environment
  • HIPR 734 Preservation Rehabilitation