Parie pursued a career in architecture as a tool for environmental change, combining creative and analytical skills with a strong desire to work towards a sustainable future. She brings knowledge of green building design, experience with non-profit community development, and a keen eye for beauty to the practice of architecture.
Parie has a master’s degree in architecture from North Carolina State University. While living in North Carolina, she worked with two environmentally-focused architecture firms, Brown and Jones Architects and Wesley Coble Architects, working on designs for green, energy-efficient schools, fire stations, EMS stations, multifamily housing, and solar homes. She also did educational outreach with the North Carolina Solar Center and the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association and provided design drawings and educational materials for the Triangle J Council of Governments and the Urban Design Assistance Program.
While in Seattle, she worked with Integrus Architecture as the sustainability lead for the award-winning White River High School in Buckley, Washington. Pursuing her interest in community design, she partnered with the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association to win the Frederick P. Rose Architectural Fellowship. As one of four fellows selected nationally, her salary was paid for three years to work with DNDA on community projects, including the Croft Place Townhomes and Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Read more about Parie’s work with Croft Place and Youngstown in the selected projects pages.
Parie formed LD Arch Design to focus on projects that reuse and improve existing buildings and projects that strengthen community. She brings a unique background to her work. Working in development and architecture has provided opportunities to create projects from concept to completion, including project management, grant writing, managing budgets, leading public meetings, and facilitating design planning meetings for diverse groups of people. Many architects do not have this “whole project” focus to their design, but Parie believes that the creative process includes much more than the building design. This breadth of experience can be useful both for homeowners who desire assistance with developing a project budget, as well as for community projects that involve many stakeholders.
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