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Scott Henson

Principal, M.Arch

Principal, M.Arch

Scott Henson has advanced the field of preservation through his hands-on approach to craftsmanship and traditional building practices as demonstrated in his nationally recognized projects. In response to the global climate crisis, Henson is transforming the practice of adapting existing buildings with tangible sustainable results.

Scott Henson’s career in Historic Preservation began as a surveyor documenting early 18th-century farmhouses slated for demolition. Henson apprenticed under traditional tradespeople to restore and adaptively re-use a historic 18th-century grist mill and apprenticed under a Master Carpenter in Japan. Henson’s groundwork in traditional craftsmanship led him to the preservation and adaptive re-use of historic buildings, a practice critical in the development of sustainable building practices.

The Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory, 1895, had undergone decades of wear, successive modifications, and a palimpsest of graffiti that gave it a unique character. Due to the building’s rich history, it was important to Henson that the chronological nature of its development be memorialized at a highly detailed level. Henson directed the conservation, from the historic brickwork to the contemporary graffiti and anachronistic masonry repairs.

The Knickerbocker Telephone Company Building, 1893, included the meticulous restoration of nearly all the building’s original historic features, including the brickwork, brownstone, cast iron storefronts, and pressed tin cornice. Original brick arches and timber details on the interior were revealed and incorporated into the new modern fit-out.

The Robbins House for Management and Technology, 1892, is located on UPenn’s historic Locust Walk. This renovation and addition to the building is the result of a partnership between Henson and Wendy Joseph. The team was challenged with balancing the dichotomy of new versus old to create a contemporary addition that would be distinguished from, but sympathetic to the existing historic fabric. The project received LEED Gold Certification.

The Hunter’s Point Passive Townhouse,1885, is renovated to the Certified Passive House standard known as EnerPHit – Quality Approved Energy Retrofit with Passive House Components. Henson developed a contemporary addition that references historic details found in the district including clapboard siding and the rhythm of punched openings. Under Henson’s direction, the historic character of the house is seamlessly combined with modern systems to achieve superior energy efficiency.

Henson’s on-going initiatives include presentations and training on preservation and sustainability. For the Preservation Trades Network International, Henson organizes training for traditional tradespeople to integrate their crafts into Passive House projects. For the Association for Preservation Technology International, Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation, Zero Net Carbon Collaboration sub-committee, Henson collects strategies and technologies for re-using and upgrading existing buildings. And, for the AIANY Historic Building Committee and the Committee on the Environment, Energy Technology + Building Science sub-committee, Scott researches strategies for retrofitting historic buildings with Passive House standards.

Curriculum Vitae

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2003 - Present

Scott Henson Architect, est 2003

1999 - 2000

Anderson Architects

1992 - 1997

Prajna Design and Construction

EDUCATION

1996 - 1998

Harvard University Graduate School of Design
M. Arch

1987 - 1992

University of Kentucky College of Architecture
B.Arch

RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

1987 - 1992

Harvard University Fredrick Sheldon Travel Fellowship
The Keimeisha Foundation

Nusumi-Geiko (Stolen Lessons) Translations of Traditional and Contemporary Architecture in Japan

REGISTRATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

Registered Architect
New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania

Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD)

American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter,
Historic Buildings Committee (HBC)
Committee on the Environment (COTE)
Energy Technology + Building Science subcommittee

Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI)
Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation subcommittee (TCSP)
Zero Net Carbon Collaboration subcommittee (ZNCC)

Association for Preservation Technology Northeast (APTNE)

New York Landmarks Conservancy

Preservation League of New York State

Historic Districts Council (HDC)

Preservation Trades Network International (PTNI)

Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS)

New York Passive House (NYPH)

Passive House Institute US (PHIUS)

Urban Green Council (UGC)

United States Green Building Council (USGBC)

Architects Council of New York (ACNY)

Society of American Registered Architects New York (SARANY) Vice President

AWARDS

2018

AIANY Design Award of Merit
Winner in the Architecture category by the New York City Chapter of the AIA for the restoration of the Larry Robbins House

2018

AIA New York State Design Award
Winner in the Adaptive Use Category category by the New York City Chapter of the AIA for the restoration of the Larry Robbins House

2018

Architizer A+ Award
Finalist for the Architecture & Preservation Category for the Restoration of the Knickerbocker Telephone Company Building

2017

Ortner Preservation Award
Winner for the Exterior Restoration of The Tracy Mansion, presented by the Park Slope Civil Council

2017

Gold Award
Winner for the Restoration for the Mill at Middletown, presented by the Brick Industry Association

2017

Palladio Award
Winner in the Adaptive Reuse/Sympathetic Addition Category, presented by Traditional Building for the Restoration of the Knickerbocker Telephone Company Building

2016

Design Award of Excellence
Winner for the Restoration of the Knickerbocker Telephone Company Building, presented by the SARA National

2014

Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award
Winner for the Engelhardt Addition at the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company Building, presented by the New York Landmarks Conservancy

2014

MASterworks Award
Winner of Best Restoration Category for the Engelhardt Addition at the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company Building by the MAS of New York

2013

Preservation Award
Winner for the Restoration of the Banner Building, presented by the Victorian Society in America

2012

Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award
Winner for the Engelhardt Addition at the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company Building, presented by the New York Landmarks Conservancy

2012

Gold Award
Winner for the Restoration of 38 Gramercy Park North, presented by the Brick Industry Association

2011

AIA Tri-State Design Award
Winner for the Restoration of the Banner Building

2011

AIA New York State Design Award
Winner in the Historic Preservation Category by the New York City Chapter of the AIA for the restoration of the Banner Building

2011

Award of Excellence
Winner for the preservation of the Sanderson Hotel building, presented by the Gramercy Neighborhood Associates

PRESENTATIONS

Fall 2019

Center for Architecture
Historic Buildings Committee and Committee on the Environment; Panel Organizer and Moderator on Historic Preservation & Sustainability

Fall 2019

Preservation Trades Network
Traditional Trades Training in Passive House Construction

Spring 2019

New York University
Presentation on Historic Preservation & Sustainability

Spring 2019

University of Kentucky Midwest 2019 Quad Conference
Presentation on Historic Preservation & Sustainability

Fall 2014

Center for Architecture
“What to Expect when you Renovate”

FEASIBILITY STUDIES

2019 - Present

Paterson, New Jersey
Founding Member of “Paterson Collaborative” Development Strategy Research Group

2018 - Present

Governors Island
Stabilization and Preservation Feasibility Studies for 20 Nolan Park, Building 324, and Liggett Hall

2018 - 2019

Seaside State Park
Stabilization and Preservation Feasibility Study of former Sanatorium designed by Cass Gilbert

2018 - 2019

Dr. Oliver Bronson House
Stabilization and Preservation Feasibility Study of a house in Hudson New, York

2015 - 2016

Roosevelt Island Preservation
Stabilization and Preservation Feasibility Study for the Renwick Ruin

2014 - 2015

New York City Police Museum
Restoration Feasibility Study

2014 - 2015

Bainbridge House
Restoration Feasibility Study in Princeton, New Jersey

2012-2017

Brooklyn Navy Yard
Stabilization and Preservation Feasibility Study for Building 20 and 292

2011-2012

Richardson Olmsted Complex Core Project
Restoration Feasibility Study on Buildings 10 and 44 and 45

2011-2012

Cove Island Barn
Restoration Feasibility Study in Stamford, Connecticut

2010-2011

The Brick Presbyterian Church
Renovation Feasibility Study of Parish House

2010-2011

Historic Smith Street Jail House
Restoration Feasibility Study in Norwalk, Connecticut

2010-2011

Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum
Restoration Feasibility Study in Norwalk, Connecticut

2007-2008

Bowne Memorial Gateway
Restoration Feasibility Study in Madison, New Jersey

2007-2008

Embury Hall
Structural Feasibility Study Madison, New Jersey

PUBLICATIONS

2018

NYPH 2018: From Small to Extra Large
"Hunter's Point Historic Townhouse Retrofit: Queens, New York."

2018

6SQFT
Frishberg, Hannah. “$4M duplex in Park Slope’s Tracy Mansion is dripping with historic details,” 11 April 2018.

2018

Brownstoner
Hubert, Craig. “Tracy Mansion, Brooklyn Lyceum among Winners of 2017 Ortner Awards in Park Slope,” 22 February 2018.

2017

Architizer
Vadot, Chlo. “Behind the Scenes: The Art of Preserving New York’s Historic Architecture,” 11 November 2017.

2017

Traditional Building
Bock, Gordon. “Saving History in SoHo: The Knickerbocker Telephone Company Building,” 11 June 2017.

2017

Curbed
Plitt, Amy. “Park Slope’s historic Tracy Mansion is reborn as seven pricey condos,” 18 May 2017.

2016

The Architects Newspaper
Wachs, Audrey. “The Knickerbocker: See the top-to-bottom restoration of this nineteenth century Soho loft building,” 29 November 2016.

2015

Traditional Building
Kahn, Eve M. “Restoring the Bleecker-Bond Building’s Cast-Iron Facade,” 10 November 2015.

2014

World Architects
Hill, John. “2014 MASterworks Awards,” 23 June 2014.

2014

The Architects Newspaper
Menking, William. “Brooklyn Dominates 2014 Municipal Art Society MASterworks Awards,” 18 June 2014.

2014

Archdaily
Walker, Conner. “2014 MASterworks Awards for Design Excellence in NYC,” 24 June 2014.

2014

Brooklyn Bridge Park
Municipal Art Society. “2014 MASterworks Awards Recognize Excellence in Architecture and Urban Design,” 17 June 2014.

2012

The Architects Newspaper
Seward, Aaron. “The Banner Building,” 1 February 2012.

2005

The New York Times
Kahn, Eve M. “For a Frail Old Tenement, a Fortifying Dose of Goop,” 22 May 2005.

2005

Habitat Magazine
Shen, Jody. “The Wall (Didn’t) Come Tumbling Down,” 01 September 2005.