The de­signs of award-win­ning ar­chi­tect Eric Parry make an im­pres­sion, but more im­por­tantly, they’re built to cre­ate last­ing im­pact

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Sim­plic­ity speaks vol­umes and, as was fa­mously said, it’s the ultimate so­phis­ti­ca­tion. In the case of lauded Bri­tish ar­chi­tect Eric Parry, sim­plic­ity re­flects the in­tel­lec­tual rigour he ap­plies to each project, whether it’s con­sult­ing on an ur­ban master plan or de­sign­ing a res­i­dence for the ul­tra-rich. There’s a strong sense of sen­si­tiv­ity that un­der­lines his work, so it’s no sur­prise that his port­fo­lio fea­tures myr­iad restora­tion and con­ver­sion com­mis­sions. While a lot has changed since Parry es­tab­lished his epony­mous prac­tice in 1983, his vi­sion re­mains stead­fast. In 35 years, he has made his mark not by de­sign­ing state­ment build­ings in the vein of other star­chi­tects, but rather by those that make a state­ment—struc­tures that duly rep­re­sent their her­itage and sur­round­ings, with an aware­ness of how they shape the psy­che of ev­ery­one around them. “You can’t get away from ar­chi­tec­ture. If you don’t like a paint­ing, you can take it away. So, it’s a ter­ri­fy­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity, a civic re­spon­si­bil­ity,” stresses Parry. Here, he shares more of the process that al­lows him to in­fuse his projects with a strong sense of place and soul.

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