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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?

How do we bring inspiration here?

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.

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“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.”- Voltaire


Parson Architecture offers a wide range of services. If you have something in mind that doesn’t seem to fit neatly into one of the categories below, please contact us with your ideas! The fact is that no two projects are really alike, and we always love new challenges.

“…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.

    Earl Parson knew in his early teens that he wanted to become an architect. Call it a perfect storm: His best friend’s father was an architect, and their house down the street was furnished with the likes of Noguchi, Platner, Saarinen, and Knoll; his own father owned a row of small, 19th Century commercial storefront buildings downtown, which he helped to renovate, and which happened to be across the street from the grandest building in the town; his grandfather, a farmer in Southern Indiana, was constantly making (sometimes bizarre-looking) tools, odd inventions, and other utilitarian objects from cast-off parts from his farming implements. These three forces – the role model, the grand building, and the farmer’s ingenuity – worked together to convince the young man to pursue architecture.

    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.

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    “The greatest architecture of any age inspires its users to feel that they live in the best of times.”

    -Earl Parson


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    — Earl Parson
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    P.O. Box 50695, Los Angeles, CA 90050