Good conversations have a habit of turning into great collaborations. This holds true for Barbara Parker
and Miriam Torres, co-owners and principals of Parker-Torres Design Inc., an
international interior design and interior
architecture firm specializing in
Despite both having lived in Boston
for nearly 20 years and working in the
same field, Parker and Torres didn’t
meet until an opportunity came about
in 1997 to collaborate on Bentley, a
five-star luxury hotel project in London.
During the long international flight back
from London to Massachusetts, the two
connected over their past in interior design and visions for the future. When Parker’s firm closed in 2004, she saw it as a
great opportunity to give Torres a call. A couple of months later, Parker-Torres Design was born in Sudbury, Mass.
“We originally started working out of my house,” Torres said when reflecting on when she and Parker were first getting
their start. The two opened their firm in Sudbury due to their long-standing roots in Massachusetts.
They began by working on suites at a local Marriott before their portfolio quickly expanded to projects across the country. Now, the firm’s client base is comprised of hoteliers, independent owners, commercial properties, and private property
owners from around the world. While the majority of their projects are hotels, the two have also worked on restaurants,
casinos, conference centers, and country clubs.
One of the most memorable projects the design duo recalls working on is the Phoenician Resort and Spa in Scottsdale,
Ariz. Most of the projects that Parker-Torres Design studio accepts take an average of 10-20 months to complete depending
on location and size. The Phoenician, however, took nearly three years from start to finish. One of the most dramatic transformations throughout the 35,000 square-foot space was the removal of the lobby’s central fountain — an eye-catching
accessory that Torres claims is leaving many hospitality spaces.
By Adrian Thompson | Photography courtesy of Parker-Torres Design Inc.
With 25 years of experience under
each of their belts, dynamic duo
Barbara Parker and Miriam Torres
continue to provide premium hospitality
design around the nation.