Principal and Founder MA (Cantab) MA (RCA) AADipl RIBA
Eric Parry founded the practice in 1983 after studying architecture at the University of Newcastle (1970–1973), the Royal College of Art (1976–1978) and the Architectural Association (1979–1980).
As an architect he is known for the intellectual rigour and sensitivity with which every project is approached and imbued and for recognising the importance of art and craft in the built environment. Now leading a practice of about 80 with offices in London and Singapore, he is still fully involved in every aspect of the practice’s work, from inception and design to the direction of the project teams, design development and delivery.
In addition to his work in architectural practice, Eric has held a number of eminent posts including President of the Architectural Association. In 2006 he was elected Royal Academician (RA), one of the highest accolades for a practising architect or artist in the UK, and he has also served on the RIBA Library Committee, the Kettle's Yard Committee, the Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel, the Arts Council of England’s Visual Arts and Architecture panel and the RIBA Awards Group.
His contribution to academia includes 14 years as Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Cambridge (between 1983 and 1997) and lectureships at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. In 1975 he spent a year studying nomadic settlement in Iran (1974–1975).
Eric Parry maintains a key involvement in all projects, particularly in their design development stages, and under his leadership the practice has developed a reputation for delivering beautifully crafted and well-considered buildings.