DESIGN PROCESS

We strive to create timeless designs.

Through extensive observation and an iterative process of analysis and synthesis, we engage the essential elements that impact human experience, regardless of a building’s scale or use:

light

acoustics

thermal comfort

views

materials

memory


By precisely calibrating spaces and structures to these natural forces and their related human factors, ecologically-intelligent design becomes a natural outcome.

 

FOUNDING PRINCIPALS

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 user experience applied to the design of built environments at all scales.

Recent work with PARABOLA includes offices in NYC and SF for a media company, and the development of 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 innovative 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", 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. 

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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 offices in NYC and SF for a media company, and the development of 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.