Heading up Icon Architecture, Chief
Architect Tami Scott, who joined the firm as a staff architect back in 2006, is
celebrating her first anniversary at the helm of the rapidly evolving company.
Over the past 30 years, brothers
Steve and George Hawley’s Workbench Ltd evolved into a family of independent
companies offering project management, construction and architectural services.
Icon Architecture is part of what is now known as the Phoenix group of
Originally from New England, Ms
Scott is a graduate of Boston’s Wentworth Institute of Technology. She is a Chartered
Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a member of the American
Institute of Architects, the American Institute of Building Designers and a
Certified Building Designer.
“New England is rich in
architectural tradition and I really enjoy bringing my diverse design
background to this market,” said Ms Scott.
“It is totally unlike the design
world from which I came, and in that lies a wealth of opportunity.”
Ms Scott’s architectural career has
been diverse, covering over twenty years of practice. Some of her architectural accomplishments
include the Four Seasons Manale Bay, Lana’i Hawaii, the Four Seasons Hotel
Koele Lodge, Lana’i, Hawaii, the Capital Center for the Arts and the Healthsource
Office Plaza in Concord NH,
Ms Scott is also a licensed Contractor/Construction
“Understanding how a building goes together
from the contractor’s point of view is certainly a valuable skill, especially
when collaborating on projects with Phoenix,” she said.
She says working alongside Louis
Mussington, who she deems an immensely talented Jamaican national with a
diverse background has provided her with insights into West Indian culture, along
with its unique design requirements, traditions and materials.
Along with her commercial work, Ms
Scott has designed hundreds of luxury private homes in areas like Lake
Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire.
Ms Scott says that for that reason,
an area that Icon is looking to grow into as a firm is Cayman’s luxury home
“My background designing custom homes, for affluent
and experienced clients probably makes me fairly unique in the Cayman market.”
She also noted that working as a
female architect able to discern the family decision making process has its
“It is surprising how often it is the female
head of the house that leads the design process”, she said. “My clients tell me
it nice they are being listened to.”
She says she hopes Icon can offer
the comfort of service that will make the design and construction process
smoother and more pleasant for all involved.
Offering free first consultations,
Ms Scott noted that because Icon is not exclusively a design/build partner for
Phoenix, the company performs independent design work and can represent clients
in a bid process.
“I love developing unique designs,
creating spaces with function and purpose and most important, exceeding my clients’
expectations,” she said.
“I look forward to further
developing our firm Icon Architecture and always enjoy meeting new clients.”