Malcolm Parry is a professional architect with over 30 years experience.
After working for many years with several well established practices on a variety of project types including corporate offices and schools, Malcolm relocated to France with his wife.
During the following decade Malcolm set up and established his own practice creating numerous newbuild dwellings and barn conversion projects.
Returning in 2012, with young family in tow, Malcolm is now based in Stirling and provides full architectural services to homeowners and small business in the Stirlingshire and East Dunbartonshire areas.
As a small practice, clients receive the full attention of Malcolm at all times, with additional technical support provided according to project needs.
Our office in Bridge of Allan has several other local architects in the same building which allows collaboration within a small practice group network.
Our core projects are small scale residential developments including renovations, extensions, and individual new build dwellings. Being located in the Stirling area a significant proportion of projects involve listed buildings. Despite the many technical challenges of such projects, this does tend to lead to more interesting solutions with a strong emphasis on detailing.
Single storey extension, Bridge of Allan
Sunroom extension, Kippen
Malcolm Parry worked with us to design and then oversee a £200k project to extend, remodel and completely overhaul a 15 year old house. Malcolm was attentive throughout, easy to work with (we shared and critiqued each other’s creative ideas), and inspired confidence in his management of trades contract.
Sunroom extension, Bridge of Allan
Our collaborative approach to design establishes a balanced client architect relationship. We feel it is important for clients to take joint ownership of some of the ideas in order to fully engage with the design, and in our opinion this provides the most rewarding experience for both client and architect. We often encourage our clients to prepare a project scrapbook with images of the types of spaces they enjoy. Understanding how clients currently use their available space is key to interpreting their future needs and helps develop a more cohesive design approach.
The biggest challenge so far has been setting up and running a successful architectural practice in France. Learning the language and different cultural approach to design and construction was an incredible experience, and ultimately very rewarding. When working in France with primarily expat clients the architect-client relationship became a more personal experience as people wrestled with setting up a new life or holiday home in another country.
This informal friendly approach helps reduce the stress that many clients feel when engaging an architect, has been the foundation of our practice ethos, and is often the key driver for client recommendations. We always strive to improve the quality of our designs and service, but above all the aim is to enjoy the process of accompanying clients on their journey, and hopefully making a difference to people’s lives.