Scout began in early 2011 to bring an idea for a temporary cinema that could connect with new and local audiences in Hackney Wick. The resulting project, Films on Fridges, was called “Britain’s coolest new pop-up cinema” by The Guardian. Other site-specific commissions followed for projects that balanced community engagement and creative activation of otherwise overlooked spaces. Many of these were short-term experiments that tested long-term aspirations for how a space could develop and evolve. Examples of this included, Watch This Wall commissioned by Brent Council and Network Housing Group and the study of Millicent Fawcett Court.
Through our work exploring temporary ideas, we started to question the role of the public sector and private developer in the transformation of our cities. After a robust strategy for the reuse of a public asset got put on hold by our client, a community member asked us why (scout) wouldn’t buy a building and apply the learnings and partnerships that we have formed in the community in the process. That got us thinking - but we didn’t imagine we would ever purchase a building.
In 2014 we stumbled upon a list of historic schools for sale and submitted a bid where the infrastructure could be thoughtfully reused to support a creative community. In this way we became accidental developers and this old school has become our entire life over the last 5 years.
We hope to take on future projects of long-term and short-term reuse that are thoughtful, community-driven and unexpected in our role as developers, designers, advisors and collaborators.
MEET OUR TEAM
Lindsey co-founded Scout (uk) in 2011. After over six years of living in London, Lindsey moved back to her native Philadelphia and established scout-us. Lindsey holds a B.S. in Real Estate Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California and a Master's in City Design & Social Science from the London School of Economics. She is actively engaged in the wider development of the city as a board member of Fleisher Arts Memorial and as the Secretary for the Friends of FDR Park.
Kristin joined Scout in July 2015 after previously working for branding and design firms in Philadelphia on both the creative and project management sides. With a background influenced by coursework in environmental design and a visual display internship for Anthropologie, Kristin’s interests have always included interior design, architecture, and how people interact with space. Other interests include cooking (but mostly eating), hiking, and exploring Philadelphia aimlessly on sunny days.
Director of Leasing & Marketing
Liz joined the Scout team in early 2015 and, in her role, has the pleasure of working closely with some of Philadelphia's best and brightest to find spaces to call their work home. Previously as Next City's programming and development manager, Liz created and implemented the organization's Philadelphia-based event series and lectures and conferences in cities across the country. Liz is also co-founder and a board member of the nonprofit, Friends of the Rail Park.
Kevin is a developer who started and has run SquallCo Development since 2004. He joined Scout in January 2016 to manage development and construction at BOK. A graduate of Gettysburg College with a degree in History, Kevin started his career in banking, had a brief stop in a start-up, and has been in and around real estate and development in Philadelphia ever since. With an interest in urban renewal projects and bringing buildings back to life, being a part of the Scout team gives Kevin the opportunity to work on both at a large scale.
Leasing and Operations Administrator
Hannah has been a part of the Philadelphia community and arts scene for over 14 years. She joined Scout in the spring of 2019 as the Administrative Coordinator. Previously, she managed a residential leasing office for nearly a decade. She attended University of the Arts and received her BA in Crafts with a focus in Metalsmithing. With a passion for art, fine details and exploration, Hannah can often be found hard at work in her jewelry studio, enjoying the rich culture of Philadelphia or traveling to discover new places.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Cacie joined the Scout team in August 2020 after working as a photographer for a creative agency. A Temple University grad with a BFA in Photography, Cacie is passionate about using art to tell the vibrant stories of the community. In her free time, you can find Cacie exploring the tri-state area with her camera, making pottery, and binge-watching The Office for the
3 (…4…5?) time.
Jackie joined the Bok Bar team in the summer of 2016 and transitioned into a full time role with Bok Events in October 2017. She has worked in the hospitality industry since 2005, with experience in high volume restaurants, venues and pop-ups across the country. Jackie's idea of a great event includes an open bar, the electric slide, and tiny versions of full sized foods. She has two geriatric cats, one impish human, and a well documented history of being unable to turn down a dare.
Design & Spatial Planning Intern
Sharrod joined the Scout team in July 2020. A graduate of Temple University, Sharrod is now a member of the team as he pursues his Masters in Architecture. Through his involvement in the American Institute of Architecture Students, he promotes advocacy through positive change and celebration of passionate designers. When he isn't designing, you can find Sharrod seeking a meaningful connection with the outdoor cats on his street.
Scout was the recipient of the The 2016 Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance Award for the project's approach to adaptive re-use of a historic building.