Robust and rapid object detection is one of the great challenges in the field of computer vision. This paper proposes a hardware architecture suitable for object detection by Viola and Jones  based on an AdaBoost learning algorithm with Haar-like features as weak classifiers. Our architecture realizes rapid and robust detection with two major features: hybrid parallel execution and an image scaling method. The first exploits the cascade structure of classifiers, in which classifiers located near the beginning of the cascade are used more frequently than subsequent classifiers. We assign more resources to the former classifiers to execute in parallel than subsequent classifiers. This dramatically improves the total processing speed without a great increase in circuit area. The second feature is a method of scaling input images instead of scaling classifiers. This increases the efficiency of hardware implementation while retaining a high detection rate. In addition we implement the proposed architecture on a Virtex-5 FPGA to show that it achieves real-time object detection at 30 frames per second on VGA video.