Scott came to landscape architecture after a nearly twenty-year career as a physician. As such, his skills, strengths and interests are based on both a foundation of graduate education in landscape architecture as well as training and practice as a family physician working with underserved urban populations. The skills Scott used in medical practice, namely, effective communication, prioritization, organization, and information assimilation, apply to productive landscape architecture practice and teaching. Scott's interests in landscape architecture are broad and include the interface between human health and designed landscapes, the history of landscape design, and design at the residential scale. Knowing the "story" behind historic landscapes helps guide contemporary designers in the creation of timeless, lasting work. Likewise, practice-based research and an understanding of human nature and needs are the essential elements of good design in the 21st century.