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