Each project is a unique challenge.
We pose questions.
We answer: first by drawing, and then by building:
What are our client’s priorities?
What are our client’s dreams?
Where is the path of the sun?
Where does the full moon rise?
What views bring us joy?
Where will we seek solitude?
If material and color were language,
what would this place say?
Every building ever built conveys an attitude towards its time, its place, its people.
At Parson Architecture, we value clean lines and simple aesthetics.
We create buildings that are about detail and craft, and living, and thriving, here and now.
“The greatest architecture of any age inspires its users to feel that they live in the best of times.” -Earl Parson
Are you interested in doing a project, yet unsure how to proceed? Whether your desire is to stay put and add on, or build a new house from scratch, give us a call.
We love discussing your Big Dreams and project ideas, and we can help you figure out where to start or what to do next. After an initial conversation, if it seems like a good fit, we’ll happily schedule an appointment to meet with you in person to discuss things further. Preliminary discussions and the first meeting are always free.
If you want to take things a step further, but don’t feel ready to commit to a full scope of services, we are often able to custom tailor a pre-project “concept design” package for a modest fee. (Of course, we’ll be doing our best to have you fall in love with our ideas, so be forewarned!)
Our regular architectural services range from brand new, ground-up custom homes, to additions and interior remodeling. We also do commercial and institutional projects.
Buildings facilitate the activities that make up our lives; thus, at their best, our buildings respond to, and also demand, the highest and best within us. Whether we’re designing a small remodel or a grand new residence, our goal at Parson Architecture is to create places and spaces that resonate and connect with their inhabitants, providing an uplifting framework for living.
Although our base is in Los Angeles, we have successfully completed major residential projects in rural Northern Indiana as well as East Tennessee. With today’s available technology, it’s easier than ever to complete successful long-distance projects. If you like our approach to the work, don’t let distance keep you from reaching out and contacting us with your new project ideas.
We believe that great architecture demands a higher level of involvement from the architect throughout the duration of the project, from the very first conversations through completion and occupancy.
We have always been very hands-on and heavily involved during construction of our projects, so it was a natural next step to get our General Contractor’s license* and make this option available to our residential clients. By building our own projects, we are able to bring cost savings to the client, as well as retain greater creative control during construction. When the design and construction teams are working side-by-side from the start of the project, it creates a win-win situation that results in a smooth process for everyone, client included, and a higher quality product in the end.
“…The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.” -Ayn Rand
Earl surveys the site for the Tennessee House.
After high school, Earl earned his BA in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, graduating in the early 90s. He continued his westward architectural journey, settling in Los Angeles. There, he earned his M.Arch degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in 1996, where he was awarded the prestigious Best Graduate Thesis prize.
For the next dozen-plus years, Parson honed his craft at noted design firms around LA, including Marmol + Radziner, W3 Architects, Studio Works Architects, Fung + Blatt, and Keating|Khang Architecture, before going on his own in 2009.
Extending beyond architecture, Earl’s interests in design and design thinking range from furniture design and experimental metal fabrication to photography, writing on architecture and design, and teaching. He regularly embarks upon exploratory field trips, investigating the urban and natural landscapes around Southern California, which he discusses at length through photographs and essays at Creatures of Prometheus, his personal blog.
“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.”- Voltaire