A Parallel Architecture is an award-winning design studio located in downtown Austin. Focused on a collaborative process, they work with client, contractor, consultant and craftsman to create meaningful and exquisite buildings. Collaborating since 1997, partners Eric Barth and Ryan Burke established A Parallel Architecture in 2008. Together with their team of dedicated and talented architects and designers they provide their clients with the highest level of project management, service and design, regardless of project type, use or scale.


Eric Barth, AIA; Principal Architect

Eric graduated with Highest Honors and was awarded the AIA School Medal and Certificate of Merit from the University of Texas School of Architecture in 2002. After making significant contributions to the Austin architectural scene, Eric moved to San Francisco in 2004 to work with world renowned Aidlin Darling Design, serving as project designer on several sustainable, high-end residential projects. Personal motivations eventually led him back to Austin in 2008, where he cofounded A Parallel Architecture with Ryan. Eric lives with his wife Shalou and son Arlo in a handsomely restored modernist house in central Austin. He is a licensed architect in Texas (TBAE# 21679) and Florida (#AR97346).

Ryan Burke, AIA; Principal Architect

Ryan graduated with Highest Honors from the University of Texas School of Architecture in 2002.  Before joining forces with Eric in 2008, he lived in Southern California where he independently studied modernism and the burgeoning green building movement.  At critically acclaimed Sant Architects in Los Angeles, he served as project architect on a variety of residential and commercial projects including the AK Live/Work mixed use project, which received an AIA LA Citation Award.  Today he occasionally serves on AIA design panels and as a guest critic at the University of Texas. Ryan lives with his wife Allison, daughter Eliza, and dog Bluejay in a mid-century home near downtown Austin. He is a licensed architect in Texas (TBAE# 20888) and California (CAB# C30574).

Diane C. Hong; Associate Architect

Diane received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and her Master of Advanced Architectural Design degree from Columbia University.  Prior to moving to Austin and joining A Parallel, Diane gained professional experience working on a wide range of institutional, residential and commercial projects with leading design firms in New York and Los Angeles, including John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects and BKSK Architects.  She has also engaged in various individual architectural and installation projects throughout her career.  Diane lives in a 1940’s bungalow in Austin with her husband Jon and son Linus.  She is a licensed architect in Texas (TBAE #23810) and New York (033290).

Aaron Manns; Project Architect

Michael Battjes; Project Designer

Before his endeavor in architecture, Michael lived in a small coastal town in West Michigan with an abundant art scene.  He then went on to study at Savannah College of Art and Design where he graduated in 2011 with a Master of Architecture degree.  Before moving to Austin, he gained design experience working on several notable high-end hospitality and commercial projects throughout the country.  Michael now lives in South Austin near the Greenbelt where he enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Estefania.  He currently is pursuing licensure.

Jacob Brown; Project Designer

As a youth, Jacob spent summers with his grandfathers, wide-eyed and with tools in hand, learning life lessons about “paying attention to the details”. Those early inspirations lead Jacob to Texas Tech University, where he completed a Bachelor of Architecture degree, followed by a role at a dynamic firm where he worked on a range of diverse project types. Jacob later pursued post graduate studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, graduating with a Master of Architecture degree, earning highest honors and the Master’s Thesis Design Award of Merit. Upon completion of graduate school, Jacob headed back to his hometown of Austin, TX to pursue his professional career. Over the past 10 years he has honed his craft for creating detailed residential architecture, serving as Project Designer on numerous award-winning projects. When the design hat comes off, Jacob enjoys the great outdoors, his Great Dane “Hills”, and a little car tinkering here and there on the weekends.