Goettsch Partners Promotes Harris and Lillie to Principal


GP has promoted Erik Harris, AIA, and David Lillie, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, to principal. Harris is a senior project architect, and Lillie is a senior project designer.

With more than 25 years of professional experience and the last 14 years at GP, Harris has worked on a variety of large, complex projects. He brings a high degree of technical knowledge and works closely with the design and consultant team on each project to assure that a consistent, high-quality set of documentation is produced, and that the project is delivered successfully through construction.

Harris is currently working on the 32-story, 1 million-square-foot 1900 Lawrence office tower in Denver, Colorado, and the three-tower, 2 million-square-foot Queensbridge Collective mixed-use complex in Charlotte, North Carolina. Other work closer to home in Chicago includes two 50-story office buildings—150 North Riverside and the new Bank of America Tower at 110 North Wacker—the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Expansion and Renovation, and renovation assignments at the Wrigley Building and Chicago Union Station. He also previously worked on several large office and mixed-use complexes in the United Arab Emirates.

Harris received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and co-chair of the Chicago Chapter programs committee for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

Lillie brings more than 16 years of professional experience and has been with the firm since 2011. He leads the design and delivery of large-scale projects from conception to completion, primarily in Asia. Working with teams in Chicago and Shanghai, he embraces a global design perspective, which is integral to his work. His projects span a full range of office, hospitality and mixed-use developments, as well as key master planning assignments and multibuilding complexes.

Select recent completed projects include the three-building, 172,000-square-meter Shenzhen Minsheng E-commerce Towers in Shenzhen; the 178,500-square-meter China Resources Hangzhou Olympic Twin Office Complex in Hangzhou, China; and the 180-meter-tall Honghui New Taipei City Center in Taipei, Taiwan. Current projects in design and construction include supertall buildings and mixed-use complexes in the cities of Guangzhou, Wenzhou, Wuhan and Zhongshan.

Lillie holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering—all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional.

In addition to Harris and Lillie, the following seven professionals have been promoted across the firm:

To Senior Associate

  • Miguel T. Alvarez, AIA
  • Scott Brackney, AIA
  • Wenfei Chen, Class 1 Registered Architect, LEED AP
  • Ratima Pisalyaput, AIA

To Associate

  • Joe He
  • Logan Reed, AIA, CDT
  • Yi Wang, Class 1 Registered Architect