Scott McMillen AIA, CPHC

Scott likes weaving existing patterns of the built environment into design concepts, believing that the cohesiveness between the two is the mark of a great project.

  • I’m from  Tolland, Connecticut.

  • My education  B.Arch, Drexel University

  • Why PCA?  The firm is large enough to get interesting projects, but small enough to still feel like a little community.

  • A space/place that has affected me is  the observation floor in the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco. The finishes and detailing on the observation floor are flawless. Beyond that, the roof has been designed in a way that there is no visible equipment and no clutter. It really brought the entire building together as a three-dimensional form. It also put into perspective for me, professionally, all of the things we design and detail every day that are really meant to hide the imperfections and imprecision of construction.

  • My favorite aspect of working with clients is  learning about other businesses. I really enjoy getting to work with business owners to get an understanding of their operations and helping to translate that into a physical space.

  • I wish I had designed  my apartment. I would love the opportunity in the future to design my own home, or at least some renovation, remodel or additions to an existing home.

  • Favorite place in Inman Square  The Druid

  • Coffee or tea?  Both! Coffee every morning, and chamomile tea before bed every night

  • A secret talent that no one knows about  I have made enchiladas verde once every week for the past five years and have perfected a custom recipe.

  • Favorite book  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert M. Pirsig

  • If I could snap my fingers and become an expert in something, it would be  golf.