Craig Scott is co-founder of IwamotoScott Architecture, a San Francisco based practice he leads in partnership with Lisa Iwamoto. IwamotoScott is committed to pursuing architecture as a form of applied design research, via a design process that proceeds from the belief that each project can achieve a unique design synthesis. The practice engages in projects across a wide range of scope and scale, including theoretical design proposals, museum installations and exhibitions, full-scale fabrications, competitions and commissioned building projects. Conceptual themes of the work focus on intensifying the experiential and performance based qualities of architecture. This design approach is informed by ideas of formal, spatial and material adaptation with respect to conditions of program, site and environment, and is pursued through in-depth exploration of the adaptive and transformative potentials of new technologies.
The work of IwamotoScott has been included in over fifty exhibitions, at arts institutions and galleries including MoMA, the Guggenheim Museum, SFMOMA, Vitra Design Museum, Art Center College of Design, SCIArc, The Architectural Association, The Architecture Center and Artists Space Gallery in New York, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Triennial, Architecture Biennale Beijing, the Seoul Design Olympiad. The work is published in over one hundred thirty books, journals and newspapers internationally, and has received numerous awards and honors including Architectural Record Design Vanguard 2011, CA Home + Design's Ten To Watch, Best of the Year Awards from Interior Design Magazine, Wood Design Awards, an R&D Award and Progressive Architecture Award from Architect magazine, Emerging Voices and Young Architects awards from the Architectural League of New York, California Council AIA Emerging Talent Award, several I.D. Magazine Design Awards, six 2013 AIA Design Awards from the California Council and San Francisco AIA, and seven earlier AIA Design Awards from San Francisco, Boston, and New Jersey AIA chapters.
IwamotoScott work follows along three overlapping trajectories: 1:1 Fabrications and Installations, Interiors and Buildings (commissioned work and competition entries), and Speculative and Theoretical Projects. The Fabrication and Installation projects include: Google Chromebook Pixel Tree (for the laptop's launch) with Obscura Digital; BookCaseScreenWall at Obscura/IwamotoScott; HexCell Steel, HexCell Fabric and Rope Room for Heavybit Industries; RestBox, an invited installation for the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea; LightCone, an invited installation proposal for the Guggenheim Museum’s 50th Anniversary exhibition, Contemplating the Void; Voussoir Cloud, an installation in the SCIArc Gallery; and Vousoir Shell, a permutation exhibited at Artists Space Gallery; REEF, a finalist entry for the MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program; mOcean, and installation in the SFMOMA atrium; and InOut Curtain.
IwamotoScott's recently built work includes: Heavybit Industries and Monaco Loft warehouse renovations in San Francisco's SOMA district; Obscura Digital HQ in San Francisco's Dogpatch (and home of IwamotoScott's office), ONE Kearny Lobby: Lightfold in downtown San Francisco; PS House in North Beach, San Francisco; Qua Spa in San Francisco; and Kauai House in Hawaii. Competition entries and unbuilt projects include Jin Hai Lake Villa; Ghana Performing Arts Center and Mixed-Use High Rise Clusters; Busan Opera House; Villa 043 for the Ordos 100 development in Inner Mongolia; Stockholm Public Library extension; 2:1 House designed for a hillside lot in Berkeley; LiveWorkShop House, the second prize winning entry to the open competition, Case Study Cleveland; Fog House, for a Sausalito site overlooking San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean; and in collaboration with Robert Levit, the First Prize winning entry to the Flemington Jewish Community Center open design competition.
Most of IwamotoScott's Speculative projects have been widely exhibited and published - these include: SF Re:MADE - SiloPrinter, CraneCloud and GrowBowl; Hydro-Line, a habitable flood control seawall for the Tallinn Architecture Biennale; Line Array: Protocells as Dynamic Structure produced for the AD magazine feature on Protocells; Edgar Street Towers, a parametric sustainable skyscraper designed for the Greenwich South vision plan for Lower Manhattan; HydroNet, the Grand Prize winning entry for the History Channel’s City of the Future: SF 2108 design competition; and Jellyfish House, a house of the near future designed for the exhibition Open House: Architecture and Technology for Intelligent Living, and now part of SFMOMA's Permanent Collection.
Craig Scott received Master of Architecture degree with Distinction from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University. He is currently Associate Professor in Architecture at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and has also taught architectural design studios at Harvard University, Syracuse University, SCIArc, Sydney University, University of Michigan, Yale University and the Boston Architectural Center.
Associate Professor, Architecture