I love designing from a bird’s eye view, and then diving deep into the weeds-working out every nuanced detail. Do it over and over again and the results are truly satisfying on every level. Make these back and forth trips with your clients, and the wide and close-in perspective gets even better. Without such an approach, we designers shall surely miss great opportunity to create timeless experiences.
Scott is a founding partner of Wilson Butler Architects, with a 40 year career focused on the planning and design of award-winning performing arts and entertainment facilities. Clients and users alike respect his ability to lead the architectural planning and design process while connecting all the dots. In WBA’s beginning, Scott, with his partner Scott Butler, developed a unique array of visual tools that allow clients to actively engage in the design process. Scott’s depth of experience includes “out of the box” approaches to stretch existing conditions, coordinate building systems and maximize construction value with thoughtful, smart, creative, often clever and efficient planning and design. With Scott as design leader, no option gets overlooked, no detail forgotten.
As champion of the WBA-brand of “hands-on collaboration”, Scott mentors our growing design staff- infusing their state of the art digital skills with a proven design approach that continues to succeed. Scott has wide-ranging experience in urban design, community realm design, and land-use that integrates performing arts and entertainment into all aspects of a campus and or community plan.
Scott is a registered architect in several states and is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Boston Society of Architects, and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology. Scott is a self-taught, yet accomplished woodworker. On a Casco Bay (Maine) island, he spends his leisure weekends, woodworking, messing about in boats, and endlessly tinkering with “the cottage” (a 7 year work in progress). He shares this island retreat and their “city home” in Boston with his wife, Celeste, their four grown children and four grandchildren.
Scott Butler, AIA
Founding Director | Architect
Whether accentuating connections to the sea for cruise-ship guests, or the talents of performing artists for patrons, by creating intimate theater spaces, my goal is to create a setting that will stir imaginations, leave lasting memories, and enrich our lives.
Scott is a founding partner, hence the “Butler” of Wilson Butler Architects. He and co-founder Scott Wilson have worked together for more than 25 years designing for arts, entertainment, and higher education. The firm’s many highly successful projects are the result of the innovative and collaborative style that he and Scott Wilson have developed together.
Scott’s creativity and focus defines and refines each of WBA’s projects. Scott brings an inventive approach and well-developed problem-solving skills to each project WBA undertakes. He is a steady rudder to the firm, providing insightful leadership and design direction while promoting an inclusive environment where opinions are encouraged and the next generation’s leaders are empowered to move our team forward.
Scott’s award-winning work includes Celebrity Solstice Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, with The Lawn Club boasting the first real lawn at sea; The Huizenza Pavillion at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft Lauderdale, FL; the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford, CT; Richmond CenterStage, Richmond, VA; and the Center for the Arts at Towson University, Maryland. He is a member of the Society of College and University Planners (SCUP), the Boston Society of Architects and the American Institute of Architects. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he received a Master of Architecture degree, he received a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba, Canada. Scott is an avid sailor, lives with his wife and 4 children (by the sea), and commutes to work by ferry, thus demonstrating his strong belief that a life lived on land and sea provides the ideal balance.