d.school d'Arbeloff Fellow 2008-2009 & Lecturer
Scott wears a number of hats. Those offering shade are mostly John B. Stetson, around 7-1/2 to 7-5/8. Those slightly less tactile include engineer, designer, and artist. As an alumnus of the Graduate Joint Program in Design at Stanford, Scott offers the d.school his perspectives and skills in cementing human-centered design as a fixtured paradigm in the business and design communities.
No stranger to cement in other contexts, Scott arrived in California and at the d.school by way of Austin, Texas where he lived for many years previously, working in the field of forensic structural engineering. As a licensed Professional Engineer, Scott worked throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean investigating just about every type of possible failure in buildings, bridges, tanks, and tunnels. His love of that field derived from crawling through culverts, climbing to the tops of towers, and seeing things that no one else has seen in context, while synthesizing the findings from exploration into tangible new designs for repair. Scott also loved the opportunity to employ and develop new applications for nondestructive testing methods.
Prior to beginning his previous career in forensic engineering, Scott studied civil engineering at Washington University in St. Louis followed by graduate studies in structural engineering and materials at the University of Texas at Austin.
Scott’s current interests include identifying and capturing craft within the burgeoning shift in the do-it-yourself design movement. He is also keenly interested in the physical and philosophical implications of the current direction toward localized manufacturing. On most days, while standing in lines, waiting for coffee, he is almost always thinking something ranging from guitars to concrete, from ukuleles to haiku. Feel free to pick a topic and go.