We strive to create timeless designs

Parabola’s unique approach to architecture and industrial design reconciles the rapid pace of human change with the irrefutable timelines of the natural world. The balance of their distinct skills and experiences leads to simple, elegant solutions for the needs and patterns of life.

 

Founding Principals

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CARRIE MEINBERG BURKE, AIA

Carrie’s work integrates architecture, industrial design, and construction through an interdisciplinary design process. She finds inspiration in the technical and nuanced aspects of natural forces and human health and experience applied to the design of built environments at all scales.

Recent work includes offices in New York City and San Francisco for First Look Media, and the development of a workplace design process and Global Project Guide for Google. She was lead designer and contractor on PARABOLA’s live / work laboratory, and was the lead designer for a Living Building Challenge residence in California for a real estate and technology executive.

Carrie received a Masters in Architecture from Yale, and Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and the Architectural Association, London. Awards include the Yale Feldman Prize for "Design Solutions that Achieve the Practical and Poetic"; the Richard Kelly Grant for Innovative Lighting Design; and the Virginia AIA award for design excellence. She received a National Science Foundation EFRI-SEED grant for interdisciplinary engineering research, and was the Esherick Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley with Kevin Burke.

 

KEVIN BURKE, AIA

Kevin is a recognized leader in integrated design. Prior to PARABOLA, he was a partner at William McDonough + Partners and directed the 50 person international studio for six years. Kevin opened studios in San Francisco and Amsterdam, and guided the firm’s implementation of the Cradle to Cradle sustainability protocol within the firm’s building and community designs.

Kevin’s diverse design portfolio includes a number of pioneering projects, including NASA’s Sustainability Base. His award-winning designs have achieved the highest levels of environmental performance while creating inspiring places of community, connectivity and well-being. Recent work with PARABOLA includes the New York City and San Francisco offices of First Look Media, and the development of a workplace design process and Global Project Guide for Google.

Kevin received his undergraduate degree in International Relations from Stanford University, and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Virginia. He was the Esherick Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design with Carrie Meinberg Burke.