Meet Scot Mcgill, President and CEO at ACRM Architects + Interiors
What got you interested in Architecture and Design?
My mom and dad – they represented the foundations blending both the creative right-brain and practical, analytical left-brain traits inherent in architectural design.
From my earliest memories, I remember my mom was the most creative and talented person I’ve ever known…from spending countless days with her in the kitchen helping to create a never-ending array of everyday homemade cakes, cookies, fresh sourdough bread (cleaning up a countless number of “starters” explosions), and piles of holiday sweets to hours in my mom’s studio – a very talented oil artist creating memorable oil paintings (would eventually lead to watercolor for me) now scattered to friends, families, and galleries throughout the Midwest.
Whenever home from traveling the road for business, my dad and I spent countless hours in the garage workshop watching and helping him with home repairs, maintaining numerous lawnmowers and tools, sharpening blades, changing the oil to a wide array of wood-working projects including various birdhouses, feeders, furniture pieces leading up to our most ambitious project – a 24’ redwood and cedar strip canoe, still floating to this day on my Little Moose Lake.
What would you be doing right now if you weren’t here?
Traveling – after being raised throughout the land-locked Midwest, I always yearned to travel to the farthest reaches of the world. While pouring over my mom’s collection of National Geographic Journals, starting in 1910 continuous through the late ’70s watching the evolution of “the Continent” through two world wars, I was inspired to study for the better part of a year throughout Europe with my 4th-year studio design companions not only visiting the greatest monuments of western architecture but more importantly living day-to-day with the various cultures and families at each stop, forging new friendships and memories that continue to shape who I am as I return for more. And to this day, exploring remains one of my primary interests, always curious to see and experience what lies over the next hill or around the next corner.
When you aren’t at work what are your favorite hobbies?
Gardening projects and baking – somewhat a result of the pandemic slow-down. This keeps my mind and hands busy – brushing off some long-forgotten talents in the kitchen while maintaining and creating new feature gardens around the house.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Being given the opportunity to lead this group of highly talented architects and designers, exploring ways to expand our business base and knowledge while perfecting our current talents.
What’s the single most important reason for your success?
My own personal drive was instilled years ago by my dad and his passion to do whatever one can do to be the best. Anything that would have made him proud.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
The ability to release my creative side imagining what could be while using my analytical side to make it a reality.
If you could never work again, would you and why?
In one way or another, I would always find a way to feed my inner creative cravings.
How would you like people to remember you and your company?
From what I see almost every day, a collection of individuals thrown together in work and bound together in friendship and what we stand for: honesty, integrity, curiosity, trustworthy, dependable and just an enjoyable company to work with and for – life is too short for work to be a chore.
Besides money, what are your favorite ways to compensate people?
Flexibility and accessibility – everyone has different lives with very different needs, evident over the many months of the pandemic. Listening to individual concerns and having the ability to accommodate everyone’s personal life and family needs while maintaining productive goals has been one of our better accomplishments.
If you only had one last meal, what would it be?
Linguini alle vongole with a chilled bottle of pinot grigio and a warm loaf of the crispiest sourdough available. GREAT, now I’m hungry!
Do you have a signature style?
Eclectic depending on the function and location. From sleek and contemporary to a more folksy cottage style, I feel the “style” should fit the function just right without feeling forced or contrived.