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History of Harley Ellis Devereaux

Harley Ellis Devereaux
1908 – 2008

Big plans and inspired collaboration – mark 100 years of continuous practice for Harley Ellis Devereaux. Only a few firms dedicated to the design of the built environment have endured a century of growth and change. This is the story of one such significant firm.

Throughout the past ten decades, Harley Ellis Devereaux has grown in form and function, most often in parallel to the historic and economic ties sweeping America, and the continual shifting of society’s wants and needs. As such, we have crafted innovative design solutions under the broad headings of planning, architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, interiors and construction consulting. We provide every service necessary to do a project and to do it well. We offer every resource required to meet or exceed our client’ goals.

For example, we have provided space planning and interior design for projects as grand as the world’s largest automotive technology center, yet spaces as intimate as single-family residences and individual tenants in executive offices. While we have developed master plans for community growth, we have also engineered underground parking structures and vast industrial process plants. We have created sensitive site plans for cemeteries, shaped environments for meditation and worship, designed landmark corporate headquarters, and produced award-winning healthcare and university facilities. We have won accolades for state-of-the-art scientific research facilitates, as well as acoustically acclaimed performance centers, among many others.

With such a rich and diverse history embracing the delivery of “superior quality, unequaled service and constant innovation,” it is difficult to detail every milestone, every project, each colleague, and every turn of events that molded the firm into the Harley Ellis Devereaux known today. Over the century, an untold number of talented staff members, including 160 Partners or Principals, have contributed their expertise, inspiration, genius and leadership to our organization’s success. This written history is dedicated to them all.

But to everything there is a beginning, and for Harley Ellis Devereaux that beginning was January 10, 1908, when Alvin Ernest Harley joined with Norman Swain Atcheson to make big plans and establish the architecture practice of Harley and Atcheson.