Full Name
Scott Sullivan
Job Title
Relativity Architects
Speaker Bio
Scott Sullivan, AIA, NCARB, is a Co-Founding Principal of Relativity Architects. Under Mr. Sullivan’s leadership, Relativity Architects has created 50 affordable-housing projects to date, with many more on the drawing board—comprising more than 550 new units and rehabilitating approximately 5,000 existing ones. The firm designs for dignity, with common spaces created to build a sense of community and ease the transition to new addresses for people who are often previously unhoused. Relativity’s work benefits foster youth, low-income families, veterans, the chronically unhoused, domestic-violence survivors, and low-income seniors.
The firm has worked with both non-profit and for-profit developers: Abode Communities, Century Housing Corp., Deep Green Housing, Los Angeles County Housing Development Corp., Preservation Partners, and Thomas Safran & Associates, among others. Relativity’s affordable-housing project honors include an Architecture MasterPrize Award for Social Housing, a Los Angeles Business Council Green Building Award, a SCANPH Rehab Development of the Year Award, and a ULI Jack Kemp Award for Excellence in Affordable & Workforce Housing (Finalist). Mr. Sullivan earned a BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, CA) and an M.Arch from Southern California Institute of Architecture (Los Angeles). As a boy, he traveled with his commercial-photographer mother, who sparked Mr. Sullivan’s interest in composition and proportion. He pursued architecture as a way to merge this artistic upbringing and a formal education rooted in math and science. These influences inform Mr. Sullivan’s unencumbered aesthetic, attention to detail, and love for fluid, dynamic forms. He also has a passion for green building techniques and alternative materials.
Scott Sullivan