Chris Parlette, Architect
Chris Parlette was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1993, shortly after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with an architecture degree, he found a perfect fit in the architectural firm of WA Design. He is now senior architect at WA Design and has been the principal collaborator on all the projects in this book. From site planning to detailing to managing construction, his expertise has broadly extended through the firm’s work. Parlette’s interest in sustainability has been the driving force behind the efforts of WA Design to embrace and incorporate sustainable technologies, materials, and methods into virtually every project from inception.
Today Parlette collaborates with David Wilson and is lead architect on his own work. His home has been featured on Real Simple TV, TV 20’s Your Green Report, and the Slow Home Studio website, and in the San Francisco Chronicle, Sunset magazine, and Good Green Kitchens by Jennifer Roberts (Gibbs Smith, 2006). Finished in 1995, his mother's house was featured in A House for My Mother by Beth Dunlop (Princeton Architectural Press, 1999).
Parlette’s interest in solar power and sustainability stems from his childhood interests in technology and nature. Spending his free time either skiing or mountain biking far off the beaten trail, he continues to be inspired by the endless possibilities for connection between architecture and sustainability.