A Parallel Architecture


A Parallel Architecture is a design-intensive, multidisciplinary studio located in downtown Austin. Focused on a collaborative process, they work with client, contractor, consultant and craftsman to create meaningful and exquisite buildings. Collaborating since 1997, partners Eric Barth and Ryan Burke established A Parallel Architecture in 2008. Together with their team of dedicated and talented architects and designers they provide their clients with the highest level of project management, service and design, regardless of project type, use or scale.

Eric Barth, AIA; Principal

Eric graduated with Highest Honors and was awarded the AIA School Medal and Certificate of Merit from the University of Texas School of Architecture in 2002.  Upon graduation, Eric immersed himself in the Austin architectural scene, making significant contributions to local firms Page Southerland Page, Tom Hurt Architects, and Alterstudio. In 2004, Eric moved to San Francisco to work with world renowned Aidlin Darling Design, serving as project designer on several sustainable, high-end residential projects. Personal motivations eventually led him back to Austin in 2008, where he cofounded A Parallel Architecture with Ryan. Eric lives with his wife Shalou in a handsomely restored modernist house in central Austin. He is a licensed architect in Texas (TBAE# 21679)

Ryan Burke, AIA; Principal

Ryan graduated with Highest Honors from the University of Texas School of Architecture in 2002.  Before joining forces with Eric in 2008, he lived in Southern California where he independently studied modernism and the burgeoning green building movement.  At critically acclaimed Sant Architects in Los Angeles, he served as project architect on a variety of residential and commercial projects including the AK Live/Work mixed use project, which received an AIA LA Citation Award.  Today he occasionally serves on AIA design panels and as a guest critic at the University of Texas. Ryan lives with his wife Allison and dog Bluejay in a mid-century home near downtown Austin. He is a licensed architect in Texas (TBAE# 20888) and California (CAB# C30574).

By: Brian Linder