Der Scutt, FAIA Founder
Mr. Scutt was a practicing architect for over 45 years. He attended Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute, Pennsylvania State University, and received a master of architecture degree with high honors from Yale University.
Among his awards were a Rotary International Fellowship, AIA Student Award, Winchester Wirt Fellowship for Excellence in the Study of Architecture, and numerous national and local design awards. He was elected to the College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects.
Mr. Scutt was the Designer for Trump Tower, 520 Madison Avenue, Continental Insurance Corporation Headquarters in New York City, and Northwest Mutual Life Insurance Company Headquarters in Milwaukee. He was the Design Consultant for the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.
Mr. Scutt established his own firm in August 1981 and was awarded an impressive group of commissions, including the 55-story United Nations Plaza Tower luxury condominium, the 57-story Corinthian luxury condominium in New York City, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation United States Headquarters in New York City, the Roure Bertrand Dupont United States Headquarters in New Jersey, the Hand-Surgery Clinic at Roosevelt Hospital, and major high-rise office building renovations, including 505 Park Avenue, 625 Madison Avenue, 575 Lexington Avenue, 1633 Broadway, 57 West 57th Street, 823 United Nations Plaza, 555 Fifth Avenue, and the World Corporate Headquarters of International Flavors and Fragrances.
He participated actively as an author, lecturer, teacher, and officer in a variety of professional organizations. He was Vice-Chairman of the New York Building Congress for five years. He was the 1976 recipient of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Distinguished Service Award and was the first architect to receive that award. In 1979 he was elected to the prestigious and coveted Fellow Grade of the IES.
As the Project Designer for numerous corporate and institutional buildings and interiors, Mr. Scutt’s work has been published in magazines, newspapers, professional journals, and popular magazines—both in the United States and internationally. In November 1981, The New York Times Magazine cover photograph included Mr. Scutt as one of New York City’s prominent master architects. In 1984, Interiors and The Designer magazines published cover stories on Der Scutt Architect. His work appears in recent books such as New York 2000 by Stern (also New York 1960), The Skyscraper by Goldberger, and Manhattan Skyscrapers by Nash.
In 1987 Der Scutt was selected by a group of prestigious architects to be included in the international bibliography, Contemporary Architects. This international acclaim is due only the world’s significant architects. He had served as a visiting critic in Architectural Design at Harvard, Yale, and Washington universities. He has also served on numerous design juries for the AIA, IES, Concrete Industry Board of New York, Progressive Architecture, and The Tucker National Architecture Awards.
In 1996 the Reading Pennsylvania Public Museum featured a major retrospective exhibit of Der Scutt’s work and published the first comprehensive book on his work.
His full biography appears in Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the World.
Mr. Scutt passed away in 2010.