Scott Shell

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 17-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 construction translates into thoughtful, detailed and high-quality built projects.

Scott decided to become an architect at a young age. He was always drawing, building with Legos, and making things with his grandfather. When he went on a family trip to Europe, seeing classic architecture, art, public spaces and, arguably, the greatest structures ever made sealed the deal. He wanted to spend his life creating, plain and simple.

Using research as a base of understanding, Scott fosters collaboration and open communication to achieve high caliber design. His strength as a designer is amplified by his skill as a project leader and his technical, management and construction administration expertise. 

Scott’s Duda|Paine portfolio includes a broad spectrum of complex projects that involved multi-disciplinary teams including the Duke School of Medicine’s Trent Semans Center, NC State’s Talley Student Union and the Emory Campus Life Center in Atlanta. He received a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from NC State University.


Bachelor of Architecture, North Carolina State University
Bachelor of Environmental Design, North Carolina State University

American Institute of Architects
Association of College Unions – International
U.S. Green Building Council
Society for College & University Planning