Washington DC—Stephen L. Parker, AIA, LEED AP, of Bethesda, MD, was installed on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) during the organization's June 2006 Annual Meeting and Conference in Cincinnati, OH.
As the Region 2 (Middle-Atlantic Conference) Director, Parker represents the following U.S. jurisdictions: Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Middle-Atlantic Conference elected Parker director in March 2006 during its spring meeting in Charleston, SC.
Parker is president and CEO of Grimm + Parker Architects, a full-service firm with offices in Bethesda and Calverton, MD, and in McLean, VA. The Associated Builders and Contractors' Metro Washington Chapter selected Grimm + Parker as its Architectural Firm of the Year, just one of more than 130 international, national, and local design honors the firm has received. Parker's award-winning work, which represents more than $1 billion in construction costs, includes the Strathmore Concert Hall in Bethesda (with Bill Rawn, FAIA); the East Columbia Library in Columbia, MD; Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD; and the Prince George Justice Center in Hyattsville, MD.
Between 1999 and 2003, Parker helped devise questions for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) as a member of the ARE Subcommittee. The ARE is a nine-division test developed by NCARB, which is taken by all architects in the United States and Canada seeking registration. Parker also has served on the Committee on Education, the Practice Education Committee, and the 2006 NCARB Prize jury that awarded more than $60,000 to six accredited programs in architecture.
Since 1999, Parker has chaired the Maryland State Board of Architects. He previously led the Maryland State Architectural Review Board from 1986-2002. Parker is a former president and board member for both the Maryland Society of Architects and the Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Parker earned a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. He holds the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity and is registered to practice in 10 jurisdictions (Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia).
Parker participated on National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) teams that assessed curricula at Norwich University, The Cooper Union, and the University of Oregon. He has been a guest lecturer at the schools of architecture at the University of Maryland and The Catholic University as well as the Maryland Institute of Art and the Maryland Department of Education.
He is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional and has been a member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 1999. Parker also is a recognized educational facilities professional.
In 2003, Parker received the University of Maryland's Distinguished Alumni Award. That same year, he also was chosen to receive the Paul H. Kea Medal for leadership, service to the profession, and architectural advocacy, which is awarded annually by the Potomac Valley Chapter/AIA.
Parker currently serves on the advisory board for the University of Maryland's School of Architecture and the professional advisory board for the Maryland Institute of Art. He also is a member of the board of directors for the Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc., which is based in Prince George's County, MD.