Continuing 50 years of great tradition and a new century of global building industry innovation

In 1958 a young Minneapolis architect named Leonard S. Parker founded an architectural firm bearing his name, the Leonard Parker Associates (TLPA). In 1972, I joined the firm as an intern student of the University of Minnesota, where Leonard had been an instructor of mine. TLPA became one of the most respected architectural firms in the Twin Cities – and began to build a growing international reputation.

I served as President and CEO of The Leonard Parker Associates from 1997 to 1999. In 1999, the firm became part of the larger national Durrant Group, and I served as the Chief Executive of Parker Durrant International from 1999 to 2003. In 2004, I became Chairman of Parker Durrant International (PDI). In 2006 I took it independent again – this time as PDI World Group LLC, and in 2012 we changed the name to PDI Design Group.

Our firm continues the more than 50-year tradition of excellence established by The Leonard Parker Associates. In addition, we needed a new global business model to compete successfully in the 21st century. So I created a new firm, PDI Global LLC, which will manage the PDI Consortium, a global network of building industry specialists that collaborate under the trusted banner of PDI to bring tailored expertise and a local presence to projects around the world. We now have 90 members from 12 different countries, with 35 of them located throughout the United States.

PDI Global now consists of five specific “groups” including our Design Group, Capital Group, C&D Group, Green Group, and PDI Homes. So we stand ready to provide you – now more than ever – with innovative, one-stop service globally.

Stephan S. Huh, FAIA

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