Harrod Design | Research

Harrod Design | Research is a practice dedicated to the research and design of learning, living, and work environments. Principal Nancy Harrod has a strong portfolio in work for academic institutions and non-profits. In addition, Nancy focuses on the design of inclusive spaces for children and young adults on the autism spectrum and with other challenges..

Nancy’s experience and energy positions her as a dynamic leader, resource and collaborator for colleges, universities, schools, organizations, researchers and parents.

About Nancy Harrod

Places, like people, touch our lives more than we know….Whether grand or humble, the best architecture defines a place that holds deep emotion for those whose lives the place has touched.
—J. Scott Odom


What she does:

I am committed to creating environments that work—spaces that inspire and facilitate engagement and enhance one’s quality of life. I believe that built spaces can, and should, be both beautiful and sustainable.

Why she does it:

As a designer, I enjoy working with a wide range of clients, learning about each group’s culture, history, place, unique needs, and vision and then determining the best design solutions that will truly support the mission.  I believe in the collaborative process.


What inspires her:

I admire people who make a real difference in the world around them.  

On autism and design:

I am convinced that designing to accommodate the sensory sensitivities and motor requirements of those with autism benefits the broader community—fostering enhanced learning and wellbeing for all students, teachers, and parents alike. Through my work and this website, I hope to create greater awareness about the power of the built environment to facilitate learning and living well for everyone, and to generate support for inclusive spaces.

PageLines- Picture2.jpg

Nancy’s background:

Nancy has deep experience in programming, planning, and design. Her work has won numerous awards from organizations including the AIA (American Institute of Architects) and IIDA (International Interior Design Association). She has a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Art, and Architecture and a Certificate in Autism from Lesley University.

Nancy’s full resume is available for download below.