Scott Rumel is founding principal of Scott Rumel Architect, an architecture and planning firm established 25 years ago in Tucson, Arizona,which has the experience, staff resources, and methodologies capable of managing multi-million dollar projects as well as small renovations.

Our firm has a long history of successful institutional, commercial and residential projects including new construction, renovation, expansion and tenant improvement work. Our commercial and institutional project experience involves many categories, which includes municipal, retail, industrial, educational, medical, corporate offices, and public safety projects.  SRA experience involves projects throughout southern Arizona, with clients in Sierra Vista, Green Valley, Ajo, Elfrida, Willcox, Bisbee, and Tucson.

Many of these projects represent “repeat”clients, which is a reflection upon our successful design process, emphasis on attentive service, dedication to effective construction administration, and our commitment to building long term client relationships. Our goal is to work with Owners and stakeholders as part of a well managed and rewarding team effort.

We always emphasize attentive personal service, which means that as principal of the firm, Scott is dedicated to personal involvement at every phase of the project, which he can offer through selective commitment to projects.  Very few firms with similar qualifications and experience can offer the same commitment of a principal to each project.

Furthermore, our experience includes participation with various construction delivery methods such as negotiated contracts, competitive bidding, design/build, and construction-manager-at-risk projects.  We also routinely consult with contractors to seek “constructability” advice during design, which informs our decisions and construction expectations from a contractor’s point of view.

Our emphasis on communication, collaboration and owner participation invariably leads to design solutions and construction documents that result in successful projects. For example, our design process emphasizes evaluation of options and alternatives that engage the client in the decision making process in order to understand which design possibilities are best suited as a solution to their project. In our design process, we are also conscientious about maximizing the benefit of construction dollars available for each project. We strive to incorporate energy efficient and sustainable design principles into each project, along with life cycle cost performance of building systems as it relates to maintenance and operations.  As an example, our Sierra Vista Aquatic Center project received a Governor’s Energy Award for the Owner.  We also secured a LEED Certification for the Sierra Vista Transit Center project.

Our method of operation during preliminary design, and throughout the construction document process utilizes computer aided drafting (AutoCAD), supplemented with various 3D modeling programs such as Sketch-up.  We share drawing files electronically among the team members on a frequent basis to provide them with accurate and current plan information, which contributes considerably to efficient and timely coordination of documents. In similar fashion, we edit and produce written specification documents tailored to each project when written specifications are required.

Our attentive participation during construction is an important part of our services, characterized by continuity in personnel from design phase through construction phase; an approach that promotes a knowledgeable and efficient administrative process throughout construction.

In summary, we strive to infuse each project with a logic and certainty of purpose that is unique to each client’s needs. That certainty of purpose is characterized by a convergence of function and quality design that is responsive to Owner needs, site parameters, climate, and budget. We integrate architecture and technical components into logical and innovative design solutions while we conscientiously maintain an alignment between client budget resources, client needs, and a project outcome with exceptional results.

Community Involvement

Scott has had a long term interest in community organizations that support education, health, and welfare of children of all ages. He has been affiliated as a board member of the Ott Family YMCA for over 30 yeas, and formerly served as a board member for Child & family Resources. He also serves as a board member for the Sahuaro High School Alumni Association ( and was inducted to the Sahuaro Cougar Foundation Hall of Fame in 2015.

Professional Organizations & Registrations

Scott holds an active architectural registration license in the State of Arizona, and a dormant architectural registration license in the State of New York. Scott has been a member of the American Institute of Architects ( for over 30 years, and previously served as a board member to the Southern Arizona Chapter of the AIA. Currently, he serves as an AIA representative to the Cornerstone Building Foundation of Southern Arizona. Scott has also been a 3 year member of the Copper Connections Chapter of Business Networking International (, a professional business referral network organization that promotes interconnections and continuing education among its members to establish trusted professional affiliations in the business community.

Firm Awards and Recognition

In 2001, SRA was identified by Southwest Contractor Magazine as one of the top 100 southwest region design firms, and again in 2008 and 2010 as one of the top 140 southwest region design firms based upon projects and fees associated with our work in those years. Our Sierra Vista Aquatic Center project received a Governor’s Energy Award for the Owner, and an Arizona Masonry Guild Award.