John Burnett Parkin
John Burnett Parkin, architect (b at Toronto 26 June 1911; d at Los Angeles, Calif 17 Aug 1975). Parkin graduated in architecture from University of Toronto in 1935 and worked in London, England, before returning to Toronto in 1937 to establish a small architectural practice. Joined in 1947 by John C. PARKIN (no relation), he created an integrated practice that included all the skills necessary for the design and supervision of the construction of major buildings. The firm offered landscape design under his partner and brother, Edmond T. Parkin, graphic and interior design, structural, electrical and mechanical engineering, and specialized experience with hospitals, schools, airports and factories. During the later 1950s and 1960s the firm was the largest in Canada and was responsible for such buildings as Union Station (Ottawa), the head office of IBM (Toronto) and, in collaboration with others, TORONTO CITY HALL and the Toronto Dominion Centre. Though still within the mainstream of modern architecture its work shows considerable variety, reflecting both the firm's size and changing international fashions. In 1970 Parkin established an associated American practice in Los Angeles, Calif, which continues with his son John B. Parkin, Jr, as a principal.