There is little Paul Scoville enjoys more than a design challenge. He loves to dig deep – researching, problem-solving and exploring numerous possibilities to find the best solution. In the process, he uncovers hidden potential. He brought this same detail-oriented mentality to his career and one of his greatest accomplishments, co-founding CSArch as Collins+Scoville Architects with Randy Collins in 1991.
For over 20 years, as the firm grew from two to more than 90, Paul worked closely with clients to meet their specific needs, creating value for students, communities and organizations through design. With colleagues and collaborators, he shared a love for translating challenging spaces into comfortable places to learn, grow and excel.
Among some of Paul’s career highlights are the adaptive reuse of three floors of the historic New York State Education Building in Albany, New York, three branches of the Albany public library system, and many historic school buildings in Eastern New York State. He also found personal joy working for his own alma mater school systems – Schodack Central School District and Saratoga Springs City School District. For almost 30 years, Paul honed his reputation as an expert on historic structure reports for numerous buildings, including the first-floor spaces of the New York State Capital Building and Union Station, Albany’s landmark neoclassical railroad station.
A member of AIA since 1978, Paul held numerous offices, including president of ENY-AIA in 1993, Director of AIA-NY in 1994, and he represented New York State’s interests on the national AIA Continuing Education Committee from 2000-2002. Appointed to the New York State Board of Architecture in 1998, Paul completed two five-year terms, including two years as Chairman.
Paul played an important role in shaping the future of the architectural profession through his involvement on the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), where, for over a decade, he was intimately involved in shaping the Architecture Registration Examination (ARE). Active in his community, Paul served for many years as a trustee and the buildings and property advisor for the McKownville United Methodist Church in Guilderland, New York, and assisted with facilities issues at the LaSalle School for Boys in Albany, New York.
Today, Paul’s hands-on problem solving has taken a new form – unearthing opportunities in residential and retail properties that need a little TLC. His portfolio these days includes the transformation of an old bait shop in Essex County into a family vacation home, renovations and expansions of his own home, and a handful of fixer-uppers that are enjoying new life thanks to his keen eye for potential.