Scott Simpson

Strategic Advisor

Scott Simpson, FAIA, LEED AP, is an award-winning architect and former Principal at Jacobs Global Buildings, an international design firm.  He is also a Richard Upjohn Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, Chairman of the Overseers of the Boston Childrens Museum, and a Trustee of New England College.

A frequent speaker at national conferences and symposia, he has presented at the Harvard Business School; the Urban Land Institute; the National Press Club; the Yale, Harvard, Rice, University of Illinois, and University of Wisconsin schools of architecture; as well as more than 15 AIA national conventions and numerous regional AIA conferences.  He has also been a featured keynote speaker at international conferences in Singapore, Malaysia, and Manila.  He has published more than 160 articles on innovation in the design professions and has co-authored two books, How Firms Succeed and The Next Architect—A New Twist on the Future of Design.

His work includes higher education, corporate/commercial, biotechnology, and healthcare projects which have won numerous awards, including Lab of the Year honors and the prestigious “Good Design is Good Business” award (twice).  He is an acknowledged industry expert on the application of BIM technology to the design process as well as IPD (Integrated Project Delivery).  A strong believer in sustainable design, he was Principal-in-Charge for the first-ever LEED-certified research laboratory and the first-ever LEED-certified student residence hall in Boston, as well as creating the LEED training course for the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Over a 40-year career, Mr. Simpson has been a Principal in five different firms and president & CEO of two (Flad & Associates and The Stubbins Associates).  In recognition of his lifelong contribution to the profession, he was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award by the Connecticut Construction Institute as well as the “Hall of Fame” award from the Massachusetts Building Congress.

Mr. Simpson holds degrees from Yale University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  He is currently or formerly registered in 22 states and is both NCARB and LEED certified. 

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