Our Approach

Scott Henson Architect advances the field of preservation through a hands-on approach to craftsmanship and traditional building practices as demonstrated in our award-winning, nationally recognized projects.

Founded in 2003, our firm has completed thousands of preservation projects in the Eastern United States, in particular the tri-state region. Our approach embodies a sensitivity to the history of existing structures while considering present-day needs. We aim to ensure that these historic buildings remain an active and functional part of our urban fabric, while ensuring compliance and optimal operations with an eye to the future.

Believing that architecture is a collaborative effort, we are creative problem-solvers, responsive to the needs of our clients. We work with our clients to develop solutions tailored to their unique project conditions and objectives. No two projects are alike, though we use lessons learned for earlier experiences and apply creative initiatives along with time-tested strategies across the spectrum of Historic Preservation, Adaptive Reuse and Sustainable Design of new buildings.

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In response to the global climate crisis and emerging technologies, SHA is transforming the practice of retrofitting existing and historic buildings as a means towards carbon reduction.

We view the preservation and re-use of existing and historic buildings as a critical practice due to the embodied carbon they contain and the results of basic life cycle analysis.

We work with our clients to arrive at cost-effective solutions to preserve and re-use existing and historic buildings. We conduct a life cycle analysis, exploring options and collaborating on the best design and construction strategies. We are passionate about restoring optimal functionality to the building in a way that is budget-conscious and in compliance with carbon emission reduction goals.