15 December 2013
Eric Parry Architects (EPA) carries out projects all over the world for every imaginable purpose – from homes to workplaces and shops, from education to entertainment, listening and contemplation, from play to relaxation. In addition to architectural projects, EPA is also involved in projects involving the design of public space and interior and landscape architecture. This group of architects’ ‘house style’ also takes in other design disciplines, such as furniture design and floor and wall coverings.
Eric Parry RA set up his practice in 1983. He has won many awards, and has gathered around him an extremely varied group of talented architects and partners who contribute a diverse mix of experience and cultural backgrounds. Partly as a result of this diversity, it is impossible to put EPA’s work into any single stylistic category. Each project has its own specific character, developed and realised on the basis of the group’s multifaceted intellectual and professional baggage.
Eric Parry is well-known for his almost unbounded personal involvement in each project. He takes the main responsibility for every basic concept, expresses his opinion at every stage of the design process and plays an active part in its realisation; there is no detail that escapes his attention. This extraordinary passion, fuelled by professional expertise and historical awareness, is the foundation on which this internationally successful architectural practice has been built.
EPA has received a great many prestigious awards, for both commercial and cultural projects. In its home country the firm has on several occasions been proclaimed ‘Practice of the Year’. It has also won a number of prizes for restoration and renovation projects, such as the Holburne Museum of Art in Bath and the famous St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square. For this project EPA received several prizes including the Europa Nostra Award, for exceptional contributions to the preservation of the European cultural heritage.
EPA employs a total of about 50 people, at least 40 of whom are architects. The core of the firm consists of 14 members, including Eric Parry himself in the post of Principal. Parry studied architecture at the University of Newcastle (1970-1973), the Royal College of Art (1976-1978) and the Architectural Association (1979-1980). He spent a year in Iran, where he studied nomadic settlements. In 1983, the year he set up his architectural practice in London, he was also appointed as a lecturer in architecture at the University of Cambridge. He continued to teach there until 1997 and in addition gave lectures at Harvard University and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Eric Parry holds a variety of posts in the English architectural world, including as President of the Architectural Association in London, and regularly speaks at congresses and symposia.