Berkeley Arts & Crafts walking tour July 19th 2014


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 →

2014 SRJC Historic Architectural Walking Tours

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Historic Walking Tours of down town Santa Rosa will meet this year Tuesday’s; June 17-July 15th from 6:30-8:30 pm . Our first meeting will be under the band pavilion in old Court House Square down town Santa Rosa. This course is for those interested in architecture, history, and the development of our community. We will discuss styles of architecture and the societal and political influences that have shaped our city. … Read More →

Calvin C. Straub FAIA (1920-1998)


Calvin Chester Straub FAIA (1920–1998) was an American born architect who made a significant impact on architecture through design and education. His modesty, confidence, and passion for life combined with a no nonsense focus on strategic accomplishment were typical of his WWII generation. Straub was a professor of Architecture at University of Southern California (1946–1961) and Arizona State University (1961–1988). He also created an important body of work as the senior partner of Buff, Straub and Hensmen, … 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 →

New Course-Architecture: The Mirror of the Times

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Architecture is a mirror of the economics, technology and intentions of the time of it’s creation. It expresses in built form the values and priorities of it’s creators. Mark Parry architect and historian will review in this Santa Rosa Junior College community education course these various influences on design and construction in American residential architecture from 1640-2014. Three Tuesday evenings February 4-18 Th 2014 7:00 pm.-9:00 pm. Doyle Library room 4245 enter … Read More →

Julia Morgan (1872-1957) Architect of Beauty


The second edition of “Julia Morgan, Architect of Beauty” was recently available at Costco. This in no small way displays the continuing interest in the architecture of this amazing American architect. I did not notice any other local architects in attendance at the presentation by Author Mark Anthony Wilson on her work at the Petaluma Rail Station in May 2013, but the room was full of an enthusiastic public. In … Read More →

Frank Lloyd Wright-Architectural Interiors


A discussion on the architectural Interiors of Frank Loyd Wright by Mark Parry November 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, Ca 95482 F.L. Wright often paraphrased Lu Tse ” the reality of the house consists not of the roof an walls but of the spaces to be lived within”.  His interiors and his architecture where synonymous.  In the … Read More →

Frank Lloyd Wright: Man, Myth, Architecture.

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Santa Rosa JC Community Education Course by Mark Parry Wed. & Thu. September 25-26, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM 4245 Frank P. Doyle Library, Santa Rosa Campus The AIA recognized Frank Lloyd Wright as ‘the greatest American Architect of all time’ 32 years after his death. They waited that long because Wright said that of himself and they were not pleased. He preferred ‘honest arrogance to hypocritical humility.’ Wright’s radical and dramatic … Read More →

Is Modern Architecture Avant-garde?

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I love great modern architecture. Regrettably, other than new materials, little that is truly innovative or fresh has been contributed to the idom of modernist design in recent decades.   In my consideration the idea train for modern architecture got to the station about 1964 and everyone is still standing around applauding. In a recent interview in Camille Paglia spoke my very mind.  For architecture to be un-tethered from it’s … Read More →

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