Skip to main content

Architect Scott Merrill | Career Timeline

Scott Merrill Career Timeline

1956: Born in Oxford, Ohio

Scott as a student in first grade

1979: Completes a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia and begins a two-year tour of the U.S., absorbing architecture across the country

Scott UVA graduation

1982: Enters the School of Architecture at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where Merrill Earns a master’s degree in architecture in 1984 and begins his professional career in Washington D.C. with two architectural firms – McCartney Lewis and Cass & Pinnell

Yale Architecture BuildingYale Architecture Building
Photo Credit: Sage Ross


1988: Marries wife Zo Anne and heads south after receiving an invitation from developer Robert Davis to work as town architect in Seaside, Florida, where he serves for two years

Scott and Zo Anne in Seaside 1988Scott and Zo Anne, Seaside 1988

1990: Starts his own practice in Vero Beach, Florida, later called Merrill, Pastor & Colgan Architects

MPCA officeMPCA Office

1990: Receives a National American Institute of Architects Award of Excellence for Seaside’s Honeymoon Cottages – his first project as a sole practitioner

CottagePhoto Credit: MPCA


1997: Hires partner George Pastor

George PastorGeorge Pastor

1999: Hires partner David Colgan, who opens the firm’s second office in Atlanta, Georgia

David ColganDavid Colgan


2000: Receives a national AIA Design Award for the Windsor Town Center – his first group of buildings

Windsor Town CenterWindsor Town Center
Image Credit: MPCA

2004: Receives a national AIA Design Award for the Seaside Chapel and the Arthur Ross Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art in New York

Seaside ChapelSeaside Chapel
Image Credit: MPCA


2012: Receives the Seaside Prize

Motor Court sign

2016: Wins The Driehaus Prize

Driehaus logo