Scott Barton-Smith

Scott Barton-Smith
As the son of an air force pilot, Scott wanted to be an astronaut until he took his first drafting class in junior high school. His teacher suggested architecture as a career and Scott has never looked back (except for a short interlude as a rock star… long story). Living the transient military life for most of his youth, Scott was from nowhere in particular until his family settled in Minneapolis where he went to high school and then attended college at the University of Minnesota. In 1996 he packed a few things, moved to Portland on a whim and has been here ever since. Scott lives in SE Portland with his wife, Julie, and dogs Olive and Ophelia.

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A Saturday with Lou

by Scott Barton-Smith

Nearly half of the Hacker team caravanned north to attend the final day of the Bellevue Arts Museum’s retrospective Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture on April 30th. Although the exhibit includes video interviews of notable architects enthusing Kahn’s work, we had a more interactive guide. Our firm founder Thom Hacker gave us a personalized tour of the exhibit, which includes several projects on which Thom collaborated with his mentor “Lou.” The exhibit features many models and drawings prepared by Kahn’s office spanning projects from the Esherick House to more well know works like The Salk Institute, The Kimbell Art Museum, and the National Assembly Building in Dhaka. The exhibit even includes a full scale reproduction of the famous window seat designed for the Fisher house. Much of this material has not seen the light of day since Kahn’s death and it is remarkable that the large yet delicate cardboard, clay, and wood models survived.

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