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“It’s all architecture,
all the time.”

Scott brings a singular passion to SB Architects. His favorite phrase is, “it’s all architecture, all the time,” which comes as no surprise to anyone who knows him. “Passionate” and “driven” are the two words most often used to describe him, and architecture is woven into every aspect of his life.

“The best part of the design process, for me, is ‘wowing’ the client – listening to his or her goals, ideas and aspirations and then exceeding them. With every project, we have the opportunity to come up with a solution to their program that is above and beyond anything the client had considered, expanding everyone’s horizons.”

Scott A. Lee, AIA, LEED AP President and Principal

Although he has always loved to draw and build, it wasn’t until the ripe age of 10 that Scott settled on architecture as a profession. Growing up in Foster City, California, everything was under construction. Scott’s mother used to take Scott and his brother James to construction sites to collect building debris, which they would bring home and use to create their own projects.

With over 20 years of design experience, Scott provides the firm with senior leadership and design talent, specializing in hotel, resort, recreational and mixed-use projects. As president and principal, he plays a leading role in determining the firm’s long-term mission, direction and goals. Scott’s active role in business development and marketing has been a driving force in the company’s successes and its emergence as a force in the hospitality industry.

“I am an entrepreneur at heart and enjoy the way that we can quickly react to opportunities as they present themselves. I also derive great satisfaction from the fact that architecture really is a team sport. One of my favorite aspects of this profession is building a team and surrounding myself with highly motivated, talented people who can accomplish great things together.”

Scott A. Lee, AIA, LEED AP President and Principal

“I’m consumed by experiencing architecture.”

Extensive travel informs every aspect of Scott’s approach to design. With resort and residential projects across the United States, throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, and in locations as diverse as Turkey and Saudi Arabia, a strong focus on site and context is a consistent theme. “It’s all about the site, taking what nature has given us making it our project’s best amenity or, in the urban context, building upon the fabric that has been laid down by those who have come before us.”

Scott plays an active role in the hospitality and design industries, speaking at hotel development conferences and contributing to articles in industry publications. An active member of the Urban Land Institute, he sits on the organization’s council on Recreational Development.

“As the world becomes more complex, and the spaces we use become more specialized, the profession of architecture becomes more challenging. It’s a blend of art and science, beauty and function that requires we know a lot – about everything. Consequently, we are always learning and always growing.”

Scott A. Lee, AIA, LEED AP President and Principal