As we celebrate our 40th anniversary this year, we're featuring a different partner every few weeks. This week, it's Scott Harootyan!

Scott joined MZA in 2016 after moving to Nashville from Boston. In addition to his residential, commercial and institutional work at architectural firms in Boston and Nashville, his design experience includes designing and installing green roofs, working under the ADA on universal and accessible design projects, and developing prospective residential projects for the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development.

1. Where did you grow up?

Vienna, VA

2. What did you want to be when you grew up?

An architect.

3. Where did you go to college and why did you select that institution?

I attended the University of Colorado in Boulder. I fell in love with Colorado and the campus after visiting family in high school. I also knew that I wanted to be an architect early on and as CU offered an architectural program in the Bachelor of Environmental Design program, it was a perfect fit.

4. Who are your architectural influences?

Herzog and de Meuron, Sverre Fehn, Frank Lloyd Wright

5. What initially excited me about working with MZA was…

I was first drawn to the creative aspect of MZA. Every project seemed unique and had it’s own sense of identity and character.

6. If you weren’t in the architecture business, what would you be doing?

I think I would still be in a creative visual field. I’ve always liked graphic design and visualization.

7. Is there a Nashville building you admire?

I really admire the AT&T building. It’s never something I would design as an architect but it’s defining, interesting, and really makes a unique statement on the Nashville skyline.

8. Where is your favorite place to eat in Nashville?

Rolf and Daughters is my favorite restaurant in Nashville. Love the location (down the street), the converted warehouse space, and the food (Cecamariti and chicken are my two favorites).

9. What was the last concert (before times) you attended?

Dr. Dog at Marathon Music Works in February 2020.

10. Where do you get your coffee from?

I usually make my own. I love lattes and black French press coffee.

11. Favorite ice cream flavor?

Chocolate and peanut butter.

12. Have you ever had a nickname?

Scooty, Scotty 2 Hotty

13. Are you a collector of things?

Guitars – Fender Strat, Epiphone SG, Taylor acoustic, Art & Luthier acoustic, 1930 Martin ukelele

14. Favorite movie?

Pulp Fiction. Great dialogue, cinematography and a cool intertwined plot of characters and storylines.

15. What is something that you’re really passionate about?

I am, along with my wife Rachel, very passionate about dog rescue and adoption. We are both huge dog lovers and love to help them on their way to their forever home. I love working with rescue dogs. Rachel and I volunteer with local animal shelters and the NHA, volunteer at fundraising events, and foster about 6 dogs a year.

16. What current or past musical group do you wish you were a part of?

Dr. Dog

17. What’s the most beautiful city you’ve been to?

Paris (city) and Cinque Terre, Italy (town)

18. Where haven’t you been to visit yet, but have at the top of your bucket list?

Amsterdam is probably at the top of the list at the moment.

19. What’s your favorite place to go for a vacation?

Any place with great weather, pool/beach and plenty of drinks.

20. Which languages do you speak?

English and some basic Spanish.

21. Sounds, Predators, Nashville SC or Titans?


22. Is your glass half full or half empty?

Always half full.