Simple Rules: Building Elements

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Shannon Scarlett

Shannon Scarlett is a registered architect, with an established Boston area architectural practice.

For over twenty-five years she has worked directly with residential clients to create elegant personalized homes. She works to resolve issues of aesthetics, flexibility and functionality of existing and new built space, to improve environmental sustainability while also enhancing community participation. But she's also been frustrated that she can't help a broader group of homeowners.

She began writing ten years ago, as a way of working through her own confusion about why residential architecture has lost the vitality it used to have. She has begun to share in her books some of what her research revealed.


As an architectural history buff, Shannon’s knowledge of art history serves as a primary source of inspiration for her work—guiding the architectural experience through material expression, psychological effects of spatial composition and even subtle building symbolism.