Curriculum Vitae

2011-2012: Laundry Cottage, Ormiston Hall
Professor Aubrey Manning and Dr. Joan Herrman
Conservation of the former Estate Laundry, consolidation of stonework and a temporary glazed roof to create a conservatory.

Jan 2009-Jan 2012:Overfield, East Lothian: Private Client
A new house, of Georgian proportions based on a row of small cottages connected to The West Barn, a former Granary, with a new Entrance Link. Extensive conservation works have been carried out to the West Barn where  all alterations will be of contemporary design.

July 2009-Dec 2011: New House Mavisbank Walled Garden
Harley and Hester Weston

The new house is part of an original 4m high brick garden wall, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. New building is on the site of  former Potting Sheds and the garden area is free of any development.

2009-2011: Scotsman Steps
Working as Accredited Conservation Architect with Campbell and  Arnott Architects, succeeded by Chris Bowes of MacGregor Bowes. Renovation of an important Public route in the centre of  Edinburgh which now incorporating a stunning installation of marble cladding to the steps designed by artist Martin Creed.

2008-2011: South Lodge, Whittingehame Estate: Private Client
Conservation of the red sandstone gate lodge Listed Category “B” designed by William Burn in 1844. The removal of parts of a 1980’s extension and the creation of a new extension with Kitchen and Bathroom, rationalising the building services and pitched roofs.

2008 -2011: St Peters RC Church, Falcon Road
The Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh
Listed Category “A” designed by Sir Robert Lorimer 1905-06.
Completed 1927-29. Conversion of a disused Baptistery to new accessible lavatory. The new stone and oak doorway reflect the original design.

2009-2011: Alterations to 15 Lauder Road, Carolina Viola
Alterations, including a new Kitchen and large window opening to the listed stone villa, one of the oldest houses in the Grange.

2006-2010: Whittingehame Estate
Conversion from Oil to Wood Chip

Several projects were designed including, wood chip storage barns, as part of a strategy to convert from burning oil to woodchips, produced from management of historic woodland on the estate. Eastfield Steading and Cottages have used the original steam boiler room and chimney for a new shared woodchip burning central heating boiler.

2006-2010: Loft House, Ormiston Hall
Dr Ulrich and Francesca Loening
Convert Listed Category “B” former Stable to Low Energy House, utilising partial solar heating and a wood burning stove.

2007-2011: Lady Eleanor’s Cottage
The Whittingehame Farming Company
Category “A” listed. Planning Permission was granted for the removal of internal walls to allow the reorganisation of the interior and the creation of a modern Kitchen and Bathroom.

2007-2010: Beachcote, Dunbar

Creation of new Bedrooms and Shower Room from Attic


1996-2010: EctoPharma Ltd
A virtual pharmaceutical company founded by Ian Parsons in 1996 has licensed a human headlice treatment to a British Pharmaceutical Company; Thornton and Ross who plan that the product will become the world largest selling headlice treatment within 5 years. Having helped to achieve this Ian stepped down from the board in May 2010.

1998-2006: Phantassie Steading, East Linton,
Rennie Meikle Ltd and Vivian Linacre Estates
One of Scotland’s finest Steadings, Listed Category “B”, Category “A” as a group. The approved proposal with a usable floor area 4550m2, is for a visitor attraction with historical interpretive display and a large area of retail sales. The design was developed in collaboration with project architects Baxter Clark and Paul. The central courtyard will be enclosed with a new roof but no new openings are required in the historic walls.

2007-2009: Steading Development
Dykefoot, Tarbrax, West Calder, Don & Ann Cole

Design for a therapeutic community based in converted buildings  around the sheltered courtyard which would be used as a garden .

2006-2008: Cantilever Barn, Newmains Steading
Newmains Partnership

Conversion of the Barn from office use to a house with wood pellet fired boiler, new Kitchen and Bathrooms. A new draught lobby was formed and the interior restructured to create a light Kitchen opening onto the garden as the centre of the home.

2006: Accreditation in Conservation Architecture
In October 2006 Ian Parsons was awarded the “Accreditation in Conservation Architecture-Level A” By the Royal Incorporation of  Architects in Scotland (RIAS) in association with Historic Scotland.

2004-2006: Whittingehame Tower West Wing
Trustees of the 4th Earl of Balfour

The West Wing of the Tower was redesigned as a guest wing, with new Garage. Contract period September 2005 to May 2006.

2003-2005: Whittingehame Estate
Trustees of the 4th Earl of Balfour

Following the death of 4thEarl of Balfour in June 2003 IPA was engaged by the Estate to consider the re-design and conservation of several areas of the estate. Whittingehame Tower, Listed category “A”, was renovated to provide modern services and a new Atrium opening off the Kitchen directly into the Garden. Contract Period April 2004-April 2005.

1999-2006: Phantassie Steading, East Linton, Rennie Meikle Ltd.
One of Scotland largest and finest Steadings, Listed Category “B”, Category “A” as a group. Planning Approval and Listed Building Consent were granted May 2006 for mixed Commercial and Residential. The delay in Planning Approval was largely due to construction of the A1 “Expressway” which by-passed East Linton.

2002: Winterfield North Berwick, Catherine Home
After a fire in July 2001 at the, unlisted, stone villa extensive damage was caused to the East Wing and the roof. Modernisation works carried out in the 1960’s included the removal of stone Gables and the replacement of slate roofs with low pitch timber shingle roofs. 1960’s interventions were removed and the house returned to its original proportions with stone gables and a slate roof.

2001: Ian Parsons Architect, Edinburgh
General Practice with a range of extensions and alterations to old and new properties and new houses.

1997 – 2000: Projects Director
Safedip Ltd, subsequently EctoPharma Ltd, a company set up based upon Ian’s invention and Patent to develop forms of insecticide which are entirely safe for mammals and the environment. A Phase Three clinical trial of the Human Headlice Treatment commenced in August 2007, the technology has now been licenced to replace the current formulation of Hedrin-the market leader. Ian was a Non Executive Director until 2010.

June 1991 – 1997: Ian Parsons Architect (IPA)
Based in Haddington, East Lothian

Range of projects for private clients included:
Renovation of Newmains Steading and Farmhouse. The Steading was derelict. Three houses were formed and sold as ruins with Planning Permission and services. Site Services incorporated a Reed Bed grey water treatment system. A large part of the Steading, including the Cantilever Barn was converted to workshop office space for software Development Company, MDi Systems Ltd. Landscaping was part-funded by LEEL.

Conservation Study of Pitcox for Stella M. Findlay; a Master Plan for the phased repair, maintenance and redevelopment of the Settlement and Farm Buildings. Phantassie Estate, East Linton. A series of repair, feasibility studies and new projects for the Estate, which is now run as an Organic Farm and Market Garden.

Several conversions and extensions to historic buildings, including new Farm Office and Porch, Markle Mains for Tom and Marion Middlemass and general refurbishment of Woodhall, Pencaitland, for Major and Mrs J. E. Buchanan.

1995, Planning Permission granted for Dunbar’s Trout World; Café and Interpretation Centre beside the A1. Extensive Fishing Lochs and Learner Pools intended to provide a complete range of fishing experience.

1990-91: Benjamin Tindall Architects
Proposed New Library for the Faculty of Advocates, High Street, Edinburgh. Conversion of offices, Tranent to form relief Accommodation for carers, ELCAP. Building repair studies and completion of new offices for the Cockburn Association, Trunks Close, High Street, Edinburgh.

1988 – 90: Campbell and Arnott Architects
Castle Terrace Development, (Saltire Court) Edinburgh. Stone clad 13,000 m² of offices and restaurants with proposed bridge to the Usher Hall. Responsible for incorporating the Traverse Theatre into the Lower Levels when construction of the foundations and retaining walls had started. Planning of Roof Level offices and roof design.

1982 – 88: Robert Matthew Johnson Marshall and Partners
Architect appointed by John Richards to work in the traditional buildings forming the firm’s new offices in the Dean Village. Subsequently involved in industrial “Fast Track” projects with floor areas up to 50,000m² and contract values of up to £20m for the electronics companies IBM and Burroughs. In 1987 Ian was appointed Senior Architect at RMJM. Assistant on Falkirk Sheriff Court; modern construction with stone outer leaf. Assistant on the renovation of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

1979 – 82: Lothian Regional Council
Department of Architecture, Energy Management Unit, established to advise LRC Architects on the design of new public Buildings and to upgrade a diverse stock of Educational buildings. 1981 LRC Building Surveying Section. Job Architect for major projects and minor capital works. Projects included the re-harling of Kirkliston (new) Primary school and reconstruction of the swimming pool roof, Royal High School, Barnton.

1979: Planners and Architects Collaborative
Environmental improvements to the East End of Glasgow. Based at Parkhead Cross; site supervision of Area Improvement Works and designs for tenement rehabilitation.

1977:Dip. Arch. course and live project
Restoration of Fawside Castle, Tranent, a ruined 14th Century tower house with attached 16th Century Laird’s house, in association with the Appleton Partnership. Design Scheme approved and work started on site as a Separate Trades Contract 1978-1985. The Historical Research, followed by the experience of the project on site over an extended period, provided a thorough understanding of traditional buildings in Scotland and their International context. Assistant to Philip Mercer Architect (London) on the restoration of Hillslap Tower, Galashiels.

1976:Thesis Design for Habitat Competition: Ten Low Energy Homes

1976:Gain Ma (Arch) Hons
Live project for School of the Man Made Future solar heated cottage repair and conversion in Ormiston, East Lothian.

1971: University of Edinburgh, Department of Architecture
“Year Out” partially spent with Low Impact Technology Ltd, Cornwall; an energy saving consultancy, designing projects using wind, solar and hydro power.

A Level Maths, Physics and Geography at Burntmill Comprehensive School, Harlow, Essex, followed by “Year Out” cycle tour of France and travel around Europe.

Born Aberdeen.

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