Founded in 1999 by partners Hannah Wear and Kevin Parkhurst, DIG brings together an array of talent, experience and vision culminating in beautiful, ecological living spaces. Kevin and Hannah met at the University of Oregon in 1994. That year the US Green Building Council was formed and their fellow students were eager to get greener information about the built environment. Hannah and Kevin were already on a mission to make our world a greener world. Kevin, who had dreamed of being a solar architect since he was nine years old, now had a Bachelors in Architecture and was pursuing a Masters in Planning. Hannah with her upbringing under the roof of one of Organic Architecture’s cult members was pursuing a Masters in Architecture.
After completing their degrees, Hannah went to work for architect Eric Lloyd Wright, the grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright, in Malibu. Kevin soon joined her. Their combined talents and synergies resulted in eighteen years of amazing work together, ranging in projects from Yokahama to Finland, Belize and all over Los Angeles County, and including work on Frank Lloyd Wright and Lloyd Wright buildings. The firm became accomplished in textile block restoration and other challenging restoration specialties.
After winding down Eric’s firm, Kevin and Hannah are continuing the legacy of Eric Wright’s own life and work through the creation of Wright Parkhurst Wear, providing restoration consultation for these sensitive projects. Kevin and Hannah have opened a new studio and office in the center of Topanga where they live with their daughter, Pearl.
Meet the Team
We’re diggin’ what we’re doing!
Kevin Parkhurst, LEED AP – Design Coordinator
Kevin is the Founder and President of Design Integration Group. He coordinates the Studio design process and is the Lead Designer & Project Manager for multiple projects. He has an extensive background in group decision making processes, environmental planning and policy development, and ecological design. He is especially interested in master planning for projects with a broad-based and holistic approach.
Kevin worked with Eric Lloyd Wright for over 18 years as the Lead Design Associate. Kevin is the founding Executive Director of Wright Way Organic Resource Center, a not-for-profit project providing social and environmental education programs based in a rustic 24-acre site in the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu, California.
Kevin is also a licensed contractor and has hands on experience with solar electric and wind power generation systems and has worked to minimize environmental impacts in construction and post construction occupancy.
Hannah Wear, Studio Director
Hannah is Studio Director for Design Integration Group and is a Lead Designer and Project Manager for multiple projects. As the daughter of an organic architect and personal friends with the Wright family since her early childhood, Hannah has a deeply rooted and intrinsic understanding of the language and values of Organic Architecture.
Hannah is a systems expert with a broad understanding of contemporary and alternative mechanical systems. She is a specialist in passive and active solar design and has hands on experience working with solar electric and wind power generation systems. She is very interested in the relationships between form and siting to create buildings that are intrinsically efficient and environmentally responsive.
Hannah worked with Eric Lloyd Wright for over 20 years as Chief Associate in his architectural practice and remains as his personal liaison to the design world. Hannah continues to act as the Program Coordinator for Wright Way Organic Resource Center, a non-profit project providing social and environmental education programs.
Mo Whelan, Business Development & Operations
Mo is Design Integration Group’s Business Manager. She is an experienced professional in the areas of Project Management, Operations, Business Development and Marketing, Mo has extensive experience in managing staff and projects, and creative direction. Client satisfaction with fast, timely delivery of projects are her goal. She is an inspirational team leader and creative ‘big picture’ thinker; motivating people to be their best. Her experience spans a diverse range of projects, including architecture & design, celebrity and entertainment, ecommerce and more. Mo is passionate about environmental issues and has a strong knowledge and interest in alternative building systems.
Mo has been a key player in start-up ventures, and is well versed in the implementation of good business practices.