Meet our January 2021 virtual lecture guest speaker Scott Parker


Scott Parker co­founded DesignWorks in 1994 when he relocated his practice to Charleston, South Carolina from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Scott began his professional career in 1981 as an associate with Benjamin Thompson and Associates in Cambridge, where he prepared master plans for urban districts around the globe. As the founder and partner of DesignWorks, he personally directs the design of each of the firm’s projects.

His work in Charleston and the surrounding areas is vast, including: the re­design of Colonial Lake; the new vision and master plan for the Charleston Medical District; The College of Charleston’s master plan, Library Park, President’s Garden and Cougar Plaza; Kiawah Island’s Cassique, Freshfields Village, Ocean Course, River Course, and The Sanctuary; campus wide improvements at Ashley Hall School including the new dining hall and science center as well as the playscape.

Scott taught at the Clemson Center for Architecture in Charleston and at the Harvard Graduate School of Design Career Discovery Program. He is  Founding Board Member of both the Charleston Horticultural Society and the Charleston Parks Conservancy.He is also currently President of the Board of Ashley Hall School as well as a Founding Board Member of Lowcountry Lowline. In addition to his board positions he serves on the City of Charleston Peninsula Task Force and the Advocacy Committee of Historic Charleston Foundation. Scott is past Chairman of the Sullivan’s Island Planning Commission.

Scott received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia with Honors in 1980 and Masters of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University in 1986.