Designer Ian Parlin grew up in the woods and on the ocean in Maine. He has a love of the outdoors and especially the state’s seasonal diversity. From a young age, Ian was excited about drawing, building, and creating in general, whether it was learning to cook with his mother or building a deck with his father. Family trips to Portland and Boston inspired a passion for the built environment. Ian’s love for the outdoors, desire to create, and avidity for architecture led to a strong dedication to creating buildings that are sensitive to their site and sustainable in their approach to the use of resources during construction and throughout the life of the building.
Ian holds degrees in Fine Arts as well as in Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. During his time at RISD, Ian studied abroad in Glasgow, Scotland where he met his now-wife. After graduating from RISD, Ian lived in Edinburgh, Scotland for five years working primarily on restoration and adaptive re-use of historic buildings and enjoyed traveling throughout Great Britain and Europe. Upon returning to Maine, Ian’s work has focused on energy-efficient, sustainable design, developing a strong understanding of building science and high-performance buildings.
Ian lives in Portland with his wife, two children, and two dogs, who all love spending time outdoors. Ian is an avid trail and ultrarunner, and is engaged with the local running community regularly participating in and organizing trail races.