Scott grew up on the Chesapeake Bay of Virginia. After receiving a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia, he spent 15 years in the boat business, designing and building custom offshore sport fishing boats. Scott's profession then shifted into architecture when he returned to graduate school to get his masters degree from Virginia Tech. In 2002, Scott began his architecture career in Richmond, VA. After interning for two Richmond firms and earning his license, Scott founded SMS Architects in the fall of 2008.