Scott Shell is an integral part of Duda Paine's architectural team.
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J. Scott Shell, AIA, LEED AP


Scott has advanced the culture and direction of Duda|Paine Architects through design innovation and the promotion of critical thinking across his 15-year tenure. He is a passionate project leader and mentor who enjoys all aspects of the architectural process from design concept to finished project. Scott’s commitment to the process of making translates into thoughtful, detailed and high-quality built projects.


Favorite Duda|Paine project?

Duke School of Medicine. The medical program was scattered across campus in multiple buildings. Bringing everything together in one location places students where they need to be, integrated into the heart of the medical campus. The design also engages with its landscape—it’s anchored to the site and creates a genuine sense of place that embraces neighboring buildings. The architecture is intentionally modern to reflect today’s medical education and practice, yet it also respects Duke’s Gothic traditions. This project is shaping a new kind of medical education at Duke. It’s unbelievably rewarding to be part of creating a project that is this transformative.


What attracted you to the architectural field?

I decided to be an architect at age 9. I was always building things, drawing, creating with Legos, making things with my Grandfather. My parents took my brother and me to Europe for 3 weeks when I was 12. We visited nine countries and saw all this classic architecture, art and public spaces. Seeing what are arguably some of the greatest things ever created sealed the deal. I wanted to spend my life creating, plain and simple.