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Architect Scott Merrill: The Power of Simplicity


WTTW host Geoffrey Baer (right) with Architect Scott Merrill.

WTTW host Geoffrey Baer (right) with architect Scott Merrill.

Photo Credit: Chuck France

Scott Merrill is an architect who is making places in a place with no history of placemaking. While he played a major role in the birth of the New Urbanism movement with sustainable contributions to the high-density communities of Seaside, Florida and Windsor in Vero Beach, Merrill’s work showcases a mixed bag of architecture styles that range from classical to vernacular architecture.

Emphasizing modesty and simplicity, from single-family homes to urban site planning, Merrill has designed projects in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, England, Haiti, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, the United Arab Emirates, and elsewhere. Educated in economics at the University of Virginia and architecture at Yale, Merrill’s diverse background tells a life story of patient sacrifice, determined vision, and disciplined persistence.

Merrill's Seaside ChapelMerrill’s Seaside Chapel
Photo Credit: MPCA Architects

In The Power of Simplicity: Architect Scott Merrill, host Geoffrey Baer explores Scott Merrill’s career, life, and accomplishments – from his early days in the suburbs of Cincinnati to his current designs for a massive 40-acre plot in the UAE, and the award-winning designs of the Honeymoon Cottages, the Seaside Chapel, the Windsor Town Center, and much more. Travel with us to Florida where Merrill invited us into his office, introduced us to his family, friends, and colleagues, and took us on a tour of his work throughout the Sunshine State.

Merrill's public post office building at the Windsor Town CenterMerrill's public post office building at the Windsor Town Center
Photo Credit: Luke Golesh / MPCA

Watch the special and explore Scott Merrill's work and life.