A champion of great design, Scott began his career as a designer and shares HMC’s deep commitment to healthcare thought leadership. As a client’s trusted advisor, he has mastered the unique art of converting business strategy to design tactics and actions that deliver unparalleled work. Located in HMC’s Los Angeles office, Scott will be instrumental in serving and expanding our healthcare client base with a mindset that transcends the traditional role of architectural designer and serves as industry expert—supporting business cases and creating high value and ROI for our clients.
What does your new role at HMC entail and what do you hope to accomplish?
I have led projects in California ranging from $700 million to $1.2 billion in construction value. Using my knowledge and experience with these very large healthcare projects, my goal is to grow our practice and attract more aspirational clients to HMC. I’m particularly strong in the implementation of strategic ideas and initiatives when it comes to project pursuits and project initiation. I consider my client relationship skills to be some of the best in the industry, and I’m very good a putting a rudder on a ship when it needs it.
How do you see the architecture profession evolving, and where do you see us going?
Clients want quality services at an excellent value. That said, I also believe we should do what we’re collectively passionate about. A friend once told me, “if you do something you’re passionate about, you’ll be a superstar. If not, you’ll be mediocre at best.” Today, our clients expect us to think beyond our traditional role as architectural designers and to be able to support business cases, create ROIs, and to be the industry expert in our chosen area of expertise. Finally, the issue of environmental quality is critical. Environmental quality can take on many definitions. In my words, it is sustainable, beautiful, and functioning buildings and spaces.
What motivated you to become a healthcare architect?
To make a positive difference in people’s lives.
What attracted you to HMC?
I am attracted to HMC’s unique culture. HMC thinks and operates as a family. As a candidate for this position, so much time was spent on my fit within this culture. It humanized a key component to any place that I consider home. That is, the people I would work with are my friends. HMC also has a rock solid reputation in healthcare architecture. Its talented and passionate people are wholeheartedly committed to serving the greater good through smart design.
What is your ultimate goal when it comes to your work and how do you want to be remembered?
My goal is to do great work and enjoy every day. I’d like people to remember me as a person who was of maximum service to all those with whom I came into contact. I recently attended the memorial service for an architect who—from the time he retired to his death at 92-years-old—was someone who lived under the “maximum service to humankind” mantra. And even with his illustrious design career, he was venerated at this service for what he did for others. Despite outliving most of his friends and family, there were nearly 300 people at this service. That’s the way to go!