Timothy G. Scott grew up in southwest Oklahoma, the son of a farmer and soil conservationist. He was instilled at an early age with a sense of stewardship and responsibility to the earth, a reverence for the land. Tim was born with a love of drawing. As he grew older the subjects of his sketches trended to old farmhouses and barns. This evolved into a desire to create spatial harmonies in his art, which turned to a passion for architecture and landscaping.
Tim attended the College of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma where he graduated with a professional BArch degree. While in school, Tim met and began to work for Dr. James J. Yoch, an English professor at O.U. who also designed gardens. At this time Dr. Yoch was writing a book, Landscaping the American Dream, about his cousin Florence Yoch. She had worked chiefly in California during the Golden Age of Hollywood, her commissions including the set for Tara in “Gone with the Wind”. Her practical yet romantic designs greatly influence his and Tim’s work. After graduation Tim began a fulltime career with Dr. Yoch, continuing to learn and hone his craft in designing poetic gardens and sensitive spaces.
Dr. Yoch and Tim Scott collaborated on projects from Hawaii to Maine, from Washington State to Kentucky, and many creations in California, Oklahoma and Texas. The team endeavored to use the historical style of existing or proposed architecture to guide its design choices on a project, using a plethora of travel experiences and an extensive library for inspiration.
The company was at the forefront of organic gardening, discouraging the use of harmful pesticides in the landscape. They encouraged water conservation and natural methods of fertilization from the studio’s inception in the mid 1980s.
The pair developed many designs for residences, hotel resorts, thoroughbred horse farms and institutions over their 31 years together, until Dr. Yoch’s death in 2018.
Tim Scott has since begun his own design company, Scott Design LLC. He continues to create spaces that are harmonic with their environmental contexts, that focus on style, proportion, and scale, and where beauty and functionality go hand-in-hand.
Timothy's chief objective is to transform spaces into memorable experiences.
Timothy G. Scott with mentor Dr. James J. Yoch in lively conversation strolling together on their way to the Chelsea Flower Show, London.
"I want all my places to seem the homes of children and lovers. I want them to be comfortable and if possible slightly mysterious by day, with vistas and compositions appealing to the painter. I want them to be delirious in the moonlight... I believe that there is no beauty without ugliness and that it should not be otherwise. Both are capable of stinging us to live. Contrast is more true to me than undeviating smugness. The chief vice in gardens... is to be merely pretty."