Celebrated architect Eric Parry to receive honorary degree

Eric Parry, known as one of the most original architects of his generation, will receive an honorary degree from the University at the first of our winter award ceremonies on Tuesday 11 December.

He will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Arts at 10am, alongside more than 100 graduates from the Faculty of Engineering & Design.

His award winning practice, Eric Parry Architects, has completed prestigious commercial projects in the City of London and the West End and cultural projects involving sensitive historic buildings, including the restoration and renewal project of the historic St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square and a significant new wing for The Holburne Museum of Art in Bath.

The refurbishment of The Holburne Museum was completed in 2011 and includes the provision of new gallery spaces, archives and educational and visitor facilities. The museum has won many prizes, including the Building Control Design Quality Awards.

Professor Vaughan Hart, from the University’s Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, will give the oration for Eric at the ceremony in the Bath Assembly Rooms, saying: “Eric’s ultimate achievement transcends any particular project. It lies rather in his having helped develop nothing less than a new way of understanding buildings and the spaces they create. For Eric buildings are a vital part of their setting, enhancing people’s perception of their environment and their involvement in it.”

In addition to architectural and urban design, Eric leads a portfolio of interior design projects, including residential interiors and office fit outs and other types of design, including bespoke furniture, ironmongery, carpets and textiles. The practice has also worked on successful landscape projects varied in scale and complexity.

Eric said of his award: “I am profoundly honoured to receive this award of Honorary Doctorate not least because of the respect I have for the very important contribution that the University of Bath has made to contemporary culture generally and in particular to the education and practice of architecture.

“Within the discipline of architecture in the UK the University is notable for hosting an extraordinary lineage of very important voices amongst its teaching staff and alumni. The ground breaking commitment to the development of a synthesis of both the art and science of architecture is outstanding and the University has as a result fostered a critical debate about our built legacy.”

Director of the Holburne Museum, Dr Alexander Sturgis, added: “Eric Parry is a wonderful architect and his extension at the Holburne has transformed our museum and its place in the cultural life of the city. I am thrilled that his contribution to Bath as well as his many sensitive and distinguished buildings elsewhere should be recognised through this award.”

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