Professor Michael Garrison is currently active in the design and construction of sustainable buildings. He has served as the faculty sponsor of the 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2015 Solar Decathlon competitions administered by the U.S. Department of Energy. Garrison's research has received numerous grants and awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Renewable Energy Lab, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Foundation, Community Renewal International, Texas Energy Advisory Council, Texas Energy and Natural Resources Advisory Council, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, and Austin Energy's Green Building Program.
Professor Garrison is the author of a number of pbooks and monographs including, Passive Solar Homes for Texas (1982), Building Envelope, with Randall Stout (NCARB 2004) and Building Envelopes (NCARB 2018). He is past chair of the Resource Management Commission for the City of Austin, a member of the scientific board of the Advanced Building Skins Annual Conference, and the architecture faculty affiliate of the UT Energy Institute.
- B.Arch., Louisiana State University, 1970
- M.Arch., Rice University, 1971
- Advanced Design
- Environmental Controls
- Sustainable Architecture
- Passive Solar Systems
- Design with Climate
- Building Workshop
- Visual Communication