John Harrison

John Harrison is a Historic Buildings Architect collaborating with ArCHIAM since 2010.

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Liverpool School of Architecture
University of Liverpool
Leverhulme Building
Abercromby Square
Liverpool L69 7ZN

Honorary Research Fellow


John Harrison graduated from the School of Architecture and the Department of Civic Design at the University of Liverpool, and then worked on historic buildings in local government and architectural practise. For the last thirty years he has travelled and worked in India, Pakistan, China and Nepal, documenting and restoring the buildings of Tibet and the Himalaya.

He has written and lectured on his survey and building work in the Himalaya, and produced and toured three exhibitions. He is the author of ‘The LAMO Centre: Restoration and adaptive reuse in Leh Old Town’, and co-author of a monograph on a Tibetan temple in Mustang, Nepal. He is currently writing a book on the architecture of Mustang.

When not in the Himalaya he lives in Snowdonia in a stone cottage which he has been restoring since 1969.

Research, scholarly and professional interests

  • Tibetan architecture
  • Vernacular architecture of the Himalaya
  • Urban conservation
  • Historic buildings restoration




  • University of Liverpool


  • Oriental Institute, University of Oxford

Areas of expertise

  • Vernacular Architecture