About AoA

Founder, designer and artistic director Alan Parkinson first started experimenting with pneumatic sculptures in the I980s and has since developed his own language of form in this plastic medium. 

Alan Parkinson’s involvement with inflatable structures began on a Nottingham community project in 1981.  He designed and built his first luminarium in 1985, with the aid of Probation Service offenders.  In 1990 he created ‘Eggopolis’ which was the first of his luminaria to be shown outside Nottinghamshire.

In 1992 the community project closed down and Architects of Air was formed.

Alan Parkinson’s intention is to stimulate visitors to a sense of wonder to the beauty of light and colour, and create an environment where the visitors experience is influenced by their own relation to space.

Architects of Air is based in Nottingham UK, in a 4000 sq ft former textile workshop.  

The company has 6 permanent staff and employs 15+ temporary staff for touring and construction.  The core staff is:

Alan Parkinson  Artistic Director
Mado Ehrenborg         Managing Director
John Owens Workshop consultant
Rich Spiby Workshop / Operations Manager
Jon Gatt Workshop Supervisor
Meko Parkinson Design Assistant
Darryl Wardman Workshop Assistant