Frank Gehry and the power of encouragement.

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                  This is a story about the influence and power of mentors on our lives and the world around us. I had the honor of being the last associate of Calvin C. Straub FAIA (1920-1998) and to have this great man, who was also a significant architect and instructor of architecture, mentor me in the early years of my professional career. During … Read More →

2017 S.R.J.C Walking Tour Guide.

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Historical Walking Tours April  27, May- 4,11,18,25  Thursday Evenings 4:30-6:30 Weather Notice: We will meet tonight as planned at the SW corner McDonald & Pacific. First Presbyterian. Church 1550 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 If it is actually raining to much to walk we will meet again next week June 3rd to finish the tour. Presented by Mark Parry of Idea Studios (544-4344)   References:   Peterson:  Santa Rosa’s … Read More →

Zaha Hadid enters history….

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We lost Zaha Hadid: Thursday March 24 2016 she was 65.  You can read more here. She considered herself one who “pushes boundaries” yet as one who still respects traditional architecture, I think the pushing of too many boundaries is one of our biggest problems as architects today. Without boundaries you have little order, architecture is actually all about principles of ordering things. As my friend Richard Doria stated once … Read More →

Julia Morgan: “Artistry in Architecture” May 18th 2016-7:00 pm

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    Artistry in Architecture: Julia Morgan                                      At talk with the Cloverdale Historical Society May 18th 2016 @ 7:00 Pm.: Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale, CA 95425 See map here   Julia Morgan remains one of the most prolific, effective and accomplished architects of her era.  Modest, talented … Read More →

Sonoma Leauge Salon 11/19/2015 with Mark Parry

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“Preserving Our Architectural Heritage” by North Bay Architect, Mark Parry aia,csi,sah. This November 19th League Salon on key issues and processes of preservation will be at the Maysonnave House. The Salon begins at 7:00 p.m. and includes snacks and a glass of wine. As with all League Salons, Mr. Parry will welcome questions and discussion; donations of $10 per adult non-League members are requested. Wm. Mark Parry AIA, CSI, SAH … Read More →

SRJC. Course “Architecture Mirror of the Times”… 2-9-2016 through 3-8-2016

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Architecture is a mirror of the social, economic and technical advances of its day.  Looking through the eyes of an Architectural Historian, with an interest in social, political, economic and building technologies one can see the march of history written on the facades and in the plans of the building’s on every main street. Consider the pre-industrial log homes of the 1780’s for example.  The pioneers of America’s frontiers came to … Read More →

2015 S.R.J.C Walking Tour Guide.

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Historical Walking Tours June 16,23, 30 July- 7,14  Tuesday Evenings 6:30-8:30 Presented by Mark Parry of Idea Studios (544-4344)     References:   Peterson:  Santa Rosa’s Architectural Heritage LaBaron: Santa Rosa: A Nineteenth century Town LaBaron: Santa Rosa: A Twentieth Century City McAlester: Field Guide to American Houses Sennett: Flesh & Stone Dostof: The City Shaped Reps: The Making of Urban America Struss & Howe: Generations-the history of Americas future … Read More →

Berkeley Arts & Crafts walking tour July 19th 2014

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Register HERE for the Santa Rosa Junior College: Berkeley Arts and Crafts Walking tours    Itinerary for Saturday July 19th, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm. Panoramic Hill area: 10:30 am  Meet at the parking lot of the Memorial Stadium ($1:00 parking for 2 hours at up hill meter). Above  Bankroft at Prospect near Canyon Road. At 10:30+- We will proceed to the Orchard Lane steps at the base of Panoramic Hill. Up two sections of 39 … Read More →

SSU Effective Design and Construction Team Leadership` presentation notes.

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Effective Design and Construction Team Leadership Basic course notes on: ±The highly effective team development process ±Relational dynamics ±Crucial Conversations –tools for talking when stakes are high. The Characteristics of a highly effective team is the product of Triaxia Partners in Atlanta Georgia This information  and tools have been used in: Fortune 500 companies Global technology, logistics and transportation industries National ministries Individuals in real-estate, development and investment fund management. … Read More →

Menu of courses,seminars and presentations by Wm. Mark Parry for 2014

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The following menu of courses can be presented as 45-60 minute summaries or introductions to the course content, two to six hour seminars of full courses for higher educational institutions. Wm. Mark Parry is a practicing architect and passionate educator in Architectural history, design and construction team leadership and the practice of  Artisan Architecture. A printable PDF is here: Seminars and Coursework 2014 Mark Parry Architect and Architectural Historian presents: A … Read More →