Alfred Browning Parker is an architect and an emeritus professor at the University of Florida, School of Architecture. Establishing his practice in the early 1940's in south Florida, he quickly gained popularity for his modernist style through his designs and craftsmanship of numerous residences, primarily in the greater Miami area. Highly influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright's organic architecture, Parker's buildings use local materials that work with the climate, allowing them to embrace their environment. Well known for his residences, Parker has designed over 6,400 projects during his life time, ranging from major projects such as the Miami Marina to Tropex-Pansible, a low-income modular housing design.
In 1959 Frank Lloyd Wright recommended Parker as an American Institue of Architects (AIA) Fellow. An AIA Fellowship recognizes architects who have made a significant contribution to both architecture and the greater society, achieving a standard of excellence in architecture at both a local and national level. Parker was the only architect Wright recommended for the Fellowship.
House Beautiful, the primary architecture magazine during the 1950's - 1960's, dedicated an entire issue once a year to one house that they chose as house of the year, entitled 'The Pace Setter.' Four of Parker's residences were selected for this series, more than any other architect, allowing him to gain rapid fame for his environmentally friendly designs in the Modernist Style. In 2006 Wall Paper* magazine chose one of Parker's residences for their "Top 10 Houses of the World," for his Miami Woodsong residence, the only house chosen from all of North America.
Parker resides in Gainesville, Florida where he continues to practice architecture and teach at the University of Florida. He works daily on his sculptures, drawings, and water colors and has extended his writings to include six books he is in the process of completing. He is currently working on "Euphrosyni Isle," a home he designed for him and his wife in Gainesville, Florida.