Scott Finn

Professor Emeritus

Scott Finn

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

Master of Architecture, Yale University, 1980
AB in Architecture and Urban Design (Magna Cum Laude), Princeton University, 1977
Classical Diploma, High Honors, Phillips Exeter Academy, 1973

Licensed Architect, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1985–present (inactive)

J. Scott Finn is Associate Professor Emeritus of Architecture in the Auburn University School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. He taught in the Architecture program from 1980–2018, serving as both as the Ann and Batey Gresham Professor and Associate Program Chair of Architecture during his tenure. He was the founding Director in 2005 of the School’s International Studies Program in Rome, a place-based collaboration with the University of Arkansas Rome Center for Architecture and the Humanities.

Scott’s academic concentrations include contemporary design and history, with particular interest in the palimpsest that is Rome, the work of Louis I. Kahn, and community design. He originated and taught the popular University Core Curriculum course ARCH 2600, Appreciation of Architecture and Design, based on this enthusiasm for architecture and the environment:

Consistent with the ideal of a university education, Scott sees the process of learning as essential to helping each student to thrive in the discovery of knowledge and opportunity, and to recognize the responsibility as an individual and as a citizen to contribute to our collective culture and society.

Architecture and urban design are an opportunity to understand our place in the community, to understand architecture as an addition and alteration to our existing context, to understand our past and the possibilities we have to encourage the thoughtful continuum of that history; the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Scott has a Classical Diploma from the Phillips Exeter Academy and is a magna cum laude graduate in Architecture and Urban Design from Princeton University; he holds a Master of Architecture from Yale.