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Scott Henson

Principal, M.Arch

Principal, M.Arch

Scott Henson advances the field of preservation, elevating traditional building practices to globally conscious, sustainable design. Henson’s crafted approach embodies building stewardship and advocates adaptive reuse to the profession.

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.

Henson’s work on the iconic Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory, built-in 1872, vacant since 1956, and partially demolished in the mid-1980’s exemplifies his success. New York City officials long wanted the National Historic Landmark rehabilitated, but had difficulty attracting interest in conversion due to its structural instability. Scott’s stabilizing solution preserves historic elements and encourages building stewards in the city to think of preservation as a building’s evolution through time, instead of an exact reproduction of the past.

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 working with Studio 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 for the sustainability standards that were built into the restoration.

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. As an integral member of the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI) Henson leads programs on the relationship between historic preservation and environmental sustainability. He is a leader in developing the Zero Net Carbon Collaboration (ZNCC), providing a critical resource to responsibly bring historic places to Zero Net Carbon (ZNC).

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
Master of Architecture

1987 - 1992

University of Kentucky College of Architecture
Bachelor of Architecture

RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

1987 - 1992

Harvard University Fredrick Sheldon Travel Fellowship
The Keimeisha Foundation

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

REGISTRATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

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

Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD)

AFFILIATIONS AND PUBLIC SERVICE

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)
Zero Net Carbon Collaboration subcommittee (ZNCC)
Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation subcommittee (TCSP)
Online Sustainable Conservation Assistance Resource (OSCAR) Member
Association for Preservation Technology Northeast (APTNE) Member

New York Landmarks Conservancy
Member

Preservation League of New York State
Member

Historic Districts Council (HDC)
Member

Preservation Trades Network International (PTNI)
Member

Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS)
Member

New York Passive House (NYPH)
Member

Passive House Institute US (PHIUS)
Member

Urban Green Council (UGC)
Member

United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
Member

Architects Council of New York (ACNY)
Member

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

Gramercy Park Neighborhood Associates
Member

Park Slope Neighborhood Association
President

AWARDS

2019

AIANY Design Award of Merit
Honor Award in the Architecture category for the restoration of the University of Pennsylvania Larry Robbins House

2019

World Architecture & Design Award
First Place winner in the Educational category for the restoration of the University of Pennsylvania Larry Robbins House

2019

SARA New York Award
Winner in the Design Awards of Merit for the Fuller Hat Manufactory Building

2019

SARA National Design Award
Winner for the University of Pennsylvania Larry Robbins House

2019

Global Architecture and Design Award
Winner in the Institutional category for the University of Pennsylvania Larry Robbins House

2019

International Architecture Award
Awarded by the Chicago Athenaeum for the University of Pennsylvania Larry Robbins House

2018

Architecture, Construction & Design Award
Winner in the Institutional/Built category for the University of Pennsylvania Larry Robbins House

2018

AIANY Design Award
Honor Award for the restoration of the University of Pennsylvania Larry Robbins House

2018

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

2018

Architizer Special Recognition Award
Recognized in the International Competition for the restoration of the University of Pennsylvania Larry Robbins House

2018

SARA New York Award
Winner for the University of Pennsylvania Larry Robbins House

2017

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

2017

Traditional Building Palladio Award
Winner in the Adaptive Reuse category for the Restoration of the Knickerbocker Telephone Company Building

2017

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

2016

SARA New York Award
Design Award of Excellence for the restoration of the Knickerbocker Telephone Company Building

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

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

2013

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

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 Restoration of the Banner 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

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

2011

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

2011

AIA Design Award
Winner in the Historic Preservation Category for the restoration of the Banner Building

PRESENTATIONS

Fall 2019

AIA New York Committee on the Environment (COTE) and Historic Buildings Committee (HBC)
Panel Organizer and Moderator, New York, New York

Spring 2019

New York University
“Historic Preservation & Sustainability,” New York, New York

Spring 2019

University of Kentucky Quad Conference
“The Architectural Perspective,” Lexington, Kentucky

Spring 2019

University of Kentucky Quad Conference
“Adaptive Reuse: Passive House,” Lexington, Kentucky

2014

AIA New York, Center for Architecture
“What to Expect when you Renovate,” New York, New York

1998

Kyoto Architectural College
“Nusumi-Geiko,” (Stolen Lessons), Kyoto, Japan

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

Masonry Magazine
Kamys, Dan. “Restoring History: The Mill at Middletown,” 27 March 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.