Scott Shannon

Scott Shannon

AIA, ASHE
Partner / SF Principal & Firm Project Director

Whether managing a team or providing innovative design solutions, Scott’s approach is a unique blend of worldliness and expertise. He grew up on a rural Pennsylvania farm but good fortune has allowed him to travel the world. Traveling has enabled Scott to look at each architectural assignment creatively and apply a fresh approach. It’s no wonder his projects are diverse! Recent work includes the full renovation of the Adventist Health St. Helena Hospital Inpatient Bed Units; the UC Davis Health System Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department‎; and the County of San Mateo Government Center Master Plan and Corporation Yard Renovation.

Scott is based in D + B’s San Francisco office but provides leadership across service lines and project locations. He is an expert in the design of academic and healthcare-related facilities having managed projects for University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), UC Davis Health System, Stanford University, Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health. These complex projects include multiple phase new construction projects, complete renovations and major additions.

Whatever the project type, Scott’s favorite part of the work is discovering a client’s intent for their space and using that as the catalyst for creativity. He believes it’s an architect’s job to harness this creative energy and sustain it throughout the design process.

What keeps Scott motivated? Seeing his 12-year-old daughter drink in new experiences and sights while traveling. He says there is nothing like a child to remind you how valuable it is to look at things as if it were the first time.

“One of my favorite things to do in San Francisco is get up very early and hike to the top of Twin Peaks (at its best when it’s very foggy). If you listen closely, you can hear the foghorns blare in the distance from this sacred spot atop the City.”

Bachelor of Architecture; Minor in Developmental Psychology
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Registered Architect, California

Member, American Institute of Architects San Francisco