Scott Henson

Scott Henson

Principal, FAIA

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. In 2020, Scott Henson was elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows in the American Institute of Architects.

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
New York, New York

1999 – 2000


Anderson Architects

1992 – 1996


Prajna Design & 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

1998 – 1999


Harvard University Fredrick Sheldon Travel Fellowship The Keimeisha Foundation
Nusumi-Geiko (Stolen Lessons) Translations of Traditional and Contemporary Architecture
Kyoto, Japan

Registrations & Affiliations

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

Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD)

Affiliations & 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
Member

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
AIANY 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”

April 11th, 2018


6SQFT
“$4M Duplex in Park Slope’s Tracy Mansion is Dripping with Historic Details”
Hannah Frishberg

February 22nd, 2018


Brownstoner
“Tracy Mansion, Brooklyn Lyceum Among Winners of 2017 Ortner Awards in Park Slope”
Craig Hubert

November 11th, 2017


Architizer
“Behind the Scenes: The Art of Preserving New York’s Historic Architecture”
Chlo Vadot

June 11th, 2017


Traditional Building
“Saving History in SoHo: The Knickerbocker Telephone Company Building”
Gordon Bock

May 18th, 2017


Curbed
“Park Slope’s Historic Tracy Mansion is Reborn as Seven Pricey Condos”
Amy Plitt

March 27th, 2017


Masonry Magazine
“Restoring History: The Mill at Middletown”
Dan Kamys

November 29th, 2016


The Architects Newspaper
“The Knickerbocker: See the Top-To-Bottom Restoration of this Nineteenth Century Soho Loft Building”
Audrey Wachs

November 10th, 2015


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

June 24th, 2014


Archdaily
“2014 MASterworks Awards for Design Excellence in NYC”
Conner Walker

June 23rd, 2014


World Architects
“2014 MASterworks Awards”
John Hill

June 18th, 2014


The Architects Newspaper
“Brooklyn Dominates 2014 Municipal Art Society MASterworks Awards”
William Menking

June 17th, 2014


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

February 1st, 2012


The Architects Newspaper
“The Banner Building”
Aaron Seward

September 1st, 2005


Habitat Magazine
“The Wall (Didn’t) Come Tumbling Down”
Jody Shen

May 22nd, 2005


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