Eric Parry

Founder & Principal
Eric Parry Architects

Subject: A Case Study on 1 Undershaft

Eric Parry has developed a strong reputation for delivering beautifully crafted and high-quality contemporary buildings that respond to their context. Eric's approach is particularly sensitive to dense urban contexts, such as the City of London's, the use of materials - including innovative uses of ceramic - as well as the integration of art within his buildings, engaging with artists from the early stages of the design process.

His practice, Eric Parry Architects, is renowned for cultural projects involving sensitive historic buildings such as the restoration of the historic St Martin-in-theFields Church in Trafalgar Square and the highly acclaimed extension for the Holburne Museum of Art in Bath; as well as several prestigious commercial projects in London's City including 1 Undershaft, which will become the tallest building in the City of London crowning the new cluster of planned skyscrapers in the Square Mile, One Fen Court with its publicly accessible roof garden and the recently approved scheme at 50 Fenchurch Street for the Clothworkers' Company which will be London's largest building to incorporate vertical urban greening.

The practice's work also includes the Stirling Prize shortlisted scheme at 30 Finsbury Square, One Eagle Place in Piccadilly, and 8 St James's Square - which broke UK's rent record in 2015.

International projects include the residential schemes Damai Suria in Kuala Lumpur and the Westminster Nanpeidai in Tokyo for Grosvenor and more recently won the contest, run by the RIBA on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to design UK ambassador's residence in Beijing.

Eric Parry's contribution to Academia includes fourteen years as Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Cambridge and lectureships at the Harvard University Graduate Design School and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. In 2006 Eric Parry was elected Royal Academician (RA), one of the highest accolades for a practicing architect or artist in the UK and received an Honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Bath in 2012.

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