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Scott Kyle

Selected Projects

Biography

Scott has been practicing architecture for over 13 years, through all of which he has been a stalwart proponent of ecological design and building principles. He came to architecture by way of engineering and a love for problem solving, believing that architecture was the best use of his talent to solve the mounting environmental problems he could no longer ignore. During his graduate studies he developed a focus on architecture and its role in navigation, how buildings can actually teach us about their environment while providing the basic functions of protection and comfort.  After interning for a summer detailing Whole Foods food prep kitchens in Austin, he found his way to Atlanta in the late 1990s to receive his early training at one of the only design firms at the time that was practicing sustainable design and winning design awards for their work, Lord Aeck Sargent. He came to Richmond in 2001 for his wife Catherine’s Graduate Sculpture studies at VCU and has called it home ever since.  Scott started a firm specialization in sustainable design at BCWH, his first job in Richmond, and worked to incorporate sustainability into office practices as well as in many buildings he was both designer and project manager on. He was also instrumental in starting several green-minded organizations soon after landing in Richmond to help get the word out about LEED, ecological design principles, and promoting good design.

Scott’s portfolio includes high efficiency LED lighting design, master planning, architectural programming, web design, design and project management of a $10 million new school to a $250k homeless shelter renovation, and several solar thermal/electric installations.

Scott has an abiding respect for nature and a keen understanding of materials, natural and artificial lighting, and the environmental behavioral effects of buildings on their inhabitants and users, that helps to balance other project imperatives and concerns. By knowing how to listen and learn from his clients without preconceived notions of the solution, he is able to apply a systems-level sustainable approach to help bring his client’s hope to reality. He also likes to think of this process as just good design.

Scott is still renovating an 1885 farmhouse in Richmond’s Museum District with his wife and tries to not take himself too seriously.

Education

Texas A&M University/Master of Architecture/Energy Systems and Design/1997
Southern Methodist University/BSEE/Biomedical Engineering/1989

License

Virginia/2002/Architecture #12000

Awards & Recognition

2009 Inlight Richmond: Permanent Artwork Category Winner “Tree Wraith”
2009 Finalist: Ellwood Thompson Bike Rack Competition
2008 Inlight Richmond: Permanent Artwork Category Winner “Lightwalk”
2008 AIA Richmond Regional Honor Award
2007 Virginia School Boards Association Excellence in Design Award
2005 AIA James River Merit Award
2005 AIA Virginia State Merit Award
2005 Virginia Educational Facilities Planners (CEFPI) Design Awards (2)
2005 Southeast Region School Building Association (CEFPI) Design Award

Volunteer & Service

Board Member: Daily Planet Homeless Service Center, 2009 – 2010
Founder and Organizer: Richmond Green Drinks, 2007-2010
Founding Director: AIA Richmond Committee on the Environment (COTE), 2006 – 2009
Member: Design Forum Committee, Virginia Society AIA 2005 – 2009
Founding Board Member: James River Green Building Council (JRGBC), 2002 – 2009
Chair: Marketing Committee, JRGBC, 2003 – 2009
Chair: Greenspaces Competition, JRGBC 2005 – 2009
Representative: Northeast Corridor Regional Council, US Green Building Council, 2006 – 2007