Harriss, who recently became the second female dean of the school, spoke to Dezeen's founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs.
Harriss, who appeared at the inaugural Dezeen Day last year and judged the first Dezeen Awards in 2018, studied architecture at Oxford Brookes University.
Before moving to New York City, she led the post-graduate research programme in architecture at the Royal College of Art in London.
Her books include Radical Pedagogies: Architectural Education and the British Tradition, and A Gendered Profession, which explores gender imbalance in the architecture profession.
At Dezeen Day, she appeared on a panel on design education alongside Zaha Hadid Architects principal Patrik Schumacher, and clashed with the architect over the long-hours culture in the industry.
Other creatives featured in our Screentime series include trend forecaster Li Edelkoort, UNStudio founder Ben van Berkel, New York architecture practice SO-IL, The World Around curator Beatrice Galilee, filmmaker Gary Hustwit and British-Israeli architect Ron Arad.
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