Scott Needham was chosen by NC State University College of Design faculty as the school’s 2019 Henry Adams Medalist. This American Institute of Architects medal and certificate of merit is awarded to a group of top-ranking graduating students who have shown excellence throughout their academic careers.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Scott in our office as well as teaching Scott as a graduate student,” states Don Kranbuehl, NCSU Professor of Practice and Clark Nexsen principal. “Scott has the curiosity and the passion to seek beautiful solutions that are built upon an idea and attention to craft but also strive to be sustainable and beneficial to the environment.”
After graduating from NC State with a Master of Architecture in December of 2018, Scott joined Clark Nexsen in early 2019 as a designer. While at NC State, he participated in the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (iPAL) program for students to connect their education to real-world practice while shortening their time to licensure. NC State is among less than 20 NAAB-accredited schools in the U.S. that began offering the iPAL program in 2015.
Through iPAL, Scott gained experience working at Hobbs Architects in Pittsboro, NC for a year. He also had the opportunity to work at Miller Hull in Seattle for six months. Specializing in performance-based designs, Architect magazine named Miller Hull the Top Firm for Sustainability in 2018.
Scott explored sculpture and photography while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art from Taylor University. His work in both mediums focuses on creating abstractions of natural forms showing fluidity and the power of movement.
His interest in physical properties extends to architecture. Scott comments, “I am interested in the effects we have on spaces and the effects spaces have on us, both on a conscious and unconscious level.”
About the Henry Adams Medal
For more than 100 years, the American Institute of Architects has provided a medal of excellence to the top graduating students in National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) or Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) accredited degrees. The award is named in honor of historian, author, and scholar Henry Adams (1838-1918). Schools may submit the name of one graduate of a BArch, MArch, or DArch program, who displays general excellence throughout their academic career to receive this medal and certificate.