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Scott Demel is an architect practicing in New York City.  His work is committed creating and implementing new ideas for the places where we live, work, study and play.  Scott’s education, experience and interests range from new construction to historic preservation, real estate development, urban design, infrastructure and sustainability.  By working across such a broad spectrum, he is able to successfully guide diverse needs and objectives into unified solutions.

Scott was at Rogers Marvel Architects for 13 years and transitioned to Marvel Architects in 2013.  He is a Director at the office and has overseen a wide variety of projects for various clients including new construction, urban design, landscapes and restoration.  He is currently overseeing the conversion of 47 Hall Street, a new commercial building at 540 Fulton and restoration of the Hotel Chelsea.

Recently completed projects include a new theater for St Ann's Warehouse, and three projects at the Brooklyn Navy Yard: Building 77, the New Lab and the Naval Cemetery Landscape.  Other completed work includes the reconstruction of McCarren Pool in Brooklyn, the restoration of several historic properties throughout New York City and construction of new townhouses on State Street in Brooklyn.

Prior to work at Rogers Marvel, Scott was at several offices including the architectural preservation firm Jan Hird Pokorny Associates.  He completed projects such as the restoration of the Brooklyn Historical Society, the New Jersey State House Dome, Plainfield Rail Station and 17 Zong Shan Lu in Shangai, China.  He has also worked at Arquitectonica in New York City and Marmon Mok in San Antonio, Texas.

Scott is a member of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) and is a member of the Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation.  With the APT and as a recipient of a Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant from the American Institute of Architects, Scott has traveled to Poland on two occasions to review current architecture and preservation projects.  Architectural and design work by Scott Demel has been recognized in a Van Alen Institute sponsored competition for a sun shelter on a Hudson River Pier, and by the National Art and Design Competition for Street Trees.   Scott teaches at Columbia University and has juried student work at Pratt Institute, Parsons Institute and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and presented sustainability issues for Pratt Institute's continuing education programs, APT an d the New York Chapter of the United States Green Building Council.

Scott is a registered architect and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Architecture from Texas Tech University and earned his Master of Science in Historic Preservation at Columbia University.  He recently completed a graduate certificate from the Shack Institute of Real Estate at New York University.  Scott is also a LEED Accredited Professional with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and a Certified Passive House Designer.

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Marvel Architects, New York City, 2013-Present

Rogers Marvel Architects, New York City,  2000-2013

Arquitectonica, New York City, 1999-2000

Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, New York City, 1995-1999

DPM Consultants / Myonggi Sul Design, New York City, 1994-1999

Marmon Mok Architects Engineers Interiors, San Antonio, Texas, 1991-1994

Project List


New York University, Shack Institute of Real Estate
Graduate Certificate in Real Estate, 2017

Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation
Master of Science, Historic Preservation, 1996

Texas Tech University, College of Architecture
Bachelor of Architecture, cum laude, 1994


AIA National Conference on Architecture.  New York City.  Panel organization and participation “Tech/Fabrication Spaces: Blurring Lines Between Owners, Tenants & Products.” Coordinated multiple site tours, including a 3-hour urban and architectural tour of the Brooklyn waterfront with the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.  June 2018.

American Institute of Architects, New York State Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York.  "Historic Preservation and Sustainability Today."  September 28, 2012.

American Institute of Architects, TriState Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey.  "Infrastructure is Public."  September 22, 2011.

Association for Preservation Technology Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado. “Preserving the Modern Ranch: The Pitchfork in Wyoming.”  October 8, 2010.

Urban Green Expo, New York, New York.  “Working within the Historic Envelope: Parallels of Preservation and LEED?”  September 30, 2010. 

Urban Green, New York City Chapter of the USGBC. “HardHat Tour and Project Presentation, McCarren Pool.” April 14, 2010. 

Northeast Pool & Spa Expo.  Atlantic City, New Jersey.   “McCarren Pool.”  January 27, 2010. 

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. “The State Street Townhouses.”  November 6, 2009. 

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. “Work: Rogers Marvel Architects.” October 22, 2009. 

American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter.  “Save History, Save the Earth: Commonalities and Conflicts between Preservation and Sustainability.”  April 15, 2009.

Association for Preservation Technology Annual Conference, Montreal.  “The Americas and Eastern Europe: Exchange in Cultural Heritage Conservation.”  October 15, 2008.

Warsaw Conservation Institute, Warsaw.  “Architecture and Preservation Practice in the United States.” October 20, 1999.

Polish General Consulate, New York, New York.  “Historic Preservation in Poland Today.” March 9, 1998.


Columbia University GSAPP, New York, New York.  Adjunct Professor.  2018-present

Parsons Institute, New York, New York, Guest Juror

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, Guest Juror

New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, Guest Juror


for independent work:

Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant, AIA New York Chapter, 1999

National Art and Design Competition for Street Trees, Third Place, 1998

Van Alen Institute, Sun Shelter Competition, Honorable Mention, 1997

at Marvel Architects:

New Lab:
American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Merit Award, 2017
Architect's Newspaper Best of Design Awards for Adaptive Reuse, Honorable Mention, 2017

Naval Cemetery Memorial Landscape:
American Society of Landscape Architects, New York, Merit Award, 2017

St Ann’s Warehouse:
American Institute of Architects National Honor Award, 2017
American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Honor Award, 2016
Municipal Arts Society MASterworks, 2016

at Rogers Marvel Architects:

McCarren Pool:
Historic Districts Council, Design Award, 2014
Municipal Arts Society MASterworks, 2013

Restoration of the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage:
Lucy G. Moses Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy, 2012

State Street Townhouses:

AIA Housing Awards for Architecture, One and Two Family Custom Residences, 2010
Residential Architect Grand Award, Single Family Production / Attached, 2008
Boston Society of Architects, Housing Design Honor Award, 2008
Building Brooklyn Award, Neighborhood Scale Development, 2008

American Institute of Architects New York State Design Award Citation, 2007
American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Housing Design Award, 2005
Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project Commendation, 2004

Battery Park City Streetscapes:
American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, Project Merit Award, 2007
American Institute of Architects National Award for Outstanding Urban Design, 2005
American Society of Landscape Architects National Analysis and Planning Award, 2005

Mill Pond Park:
New York City Art Commission Commendation, 2007

Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Higgins Hall:
American Institute of Architects New York State Award of Excellence, 2004

Board Member, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative


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