The Leonard Parker Associates and Durrant have merged to form Parker Durrant. The move follows the legendary 81-year-old Leonard Parker’s decision to keep working, but with his son, Aaron.

The Leonard Parker Associates and Durrant have merged to form Parker Durrant. The move follows the legendary 81-year-old Leonard Parker’s decision to keep working, but with his son, Aaron. It also means two of Parker’s long-time protégés (and former students) will be chairman and managing principa of Durrant.

Stephan Huh has been with Parker for more than 30 years and will serve as Chairman; Gary Mahaffey has been with the firm 40+ years and is now managing principal.

It “has allowed us to launch a strong marketing effort in Asia and the Pacific Rim that would have taken us 10-15 years to accomplish otherwise,” said Durrant President Charles Marsden. Currently, the firm is involved in raising one of the tallest buildings in the world—the Lotte World II tower in Busan, South Korea, which springs more than a quarter-mile high from a compact base of a city block.

“A trend in America has been moving steadily to produce cheap, quick buildings instead of creating monuments which will benefit many generations to come,” Huh said. “My wish is that even more government buildings be set aside to create monumental buildings that will last not just 100, but perhaps even 500 years.” Still, the firm will not ignore the trend toward design-build and integrated, fast delivery.

“We must not dismiss these delivery methods as a passing fad,” Marsden said. “They’re here to stay … there will likely be further consolidation in our industry. Technology will explode, particularly with an emphasis on sustainable design.” The relationship with Parker, Huh and Mahaffey represents another generation of important mentoring. Parker was recruited by the legendary Eero Saarinen, and Ralph Rapson was his mentor at MIT. Rapson was a gentle but precise teacher, Parker said. “He led me to understand that there was a search involved–that I had to do the work.” And the six years at Eero Saarinen were “intense” Parker said. “At that time I was one of 13 architects. I had direct exposure to an architectural mind that was really one of the best in terms of the modern movement.”

The Durrant Group: Founded in 1933, revenues of $35 million (fiscal 2003), 300 employees

Executive Managers: Gordon E. Mills, FAIA, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer

Charles R. Marsden, PE, President, COO

Parker Durrant: Founded in 1948, revenues of $4.7 million (fiscal 2003), 48 employees

Executive Managers:Stephan S. Huh, FAIA, Chairman, Parker Durrant International, John Pulley, PE, President, Parker Durrant International; Gary Mahaffey, FAIA, Managing Principal; Francis Bulbuian, AIA, Principal
Ray Greco, AIA, Principal