Scott & Heather

What differentiates us from the competition?

Scott is married to his wife, Heather.  They reside in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho with their bulldog, Baxter.  Scott was born and raised outside of Detroit, MI, spending summers in Traverse City, MI.  They have 5 children, 3 of them currently in college.


​At 15, Scott's family moved to Dallas, TX as his dad opened a  hardware store. After high school, Scott took carpentry at the local college and worked as a residential carpenter, and later as a concrete form carpenter on the Hotel Crescent in Dallas.


​Scott attended The University of Texas at Austin and Arlington, Long Beach City College, and graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.


Scott's hobbies include making competition chili; camping, fishing, and boating along the Coeur d'Alene River; travelling; attending smooth jazz concerts (yeah, we know!); and making it back to Cranbrook in Beverly Hills, MI, whenever he gets the chance.  Cranbrook is the place that Scott discovered his creative side and at 5, started art classes.  While waiting for parents to pick him up after class, Scott would wander all over the grounds, discovering the hidden treasures of the campus. 


Famous Finnish architect, Eliel Saarinen designed much of the campus and his son, Eero Saarinen grew up there.  Eero eventually also became a famous American architect; designing the Saint Louis Gateway Arch and Dulles International Airport. 


The Cranbrook campus is indeed an enchanted treasure.

What we do

I have been practicing architecture for the past 30 years and specialize in orthodontic and healthcare designs for private practices; they are my passion.  I am an architect, and I am a client advocate. 


What is a client advocate? 


​New buildings and remodels have hundreds of different components, with thousands of decisions to be made, and it is difficult to provide the best service without first knowing how the client will judge the success of their project today and in the future.  Most people think of architects as just designers and construction managers.  But projects include many aspects that do not fall into these categories, such as:  finding land, reviewing lease agreements, project budgeting, creating pro formas for lenders, and many others. These items will directly and indirectly affect the ultimate success of any project, and they are important for any architect to fully understand before starting design. 


​For example, a recent graduate will have different practice goals than that of a seasoned orthodontist with 25 years experience  A new building for someone trying to sell their practice in 5 years will require a different approach than one that is built for someone who is starting out and will practice 25 years in the building.  A satellite office requires a different approach than either of the aforementioned.  In order to provide the most comprehensive services, your architect must fully understand these goals before starting design. As a client advocate, I help educate every client to make not only sound design decisions, but also sound practice decisions.


​In my opinion, the only way to provide such personalized service is to have the principal architect lead every project from beginning to end, advising and educating the client throughout the process.


​I manage the success of your project.

We design the highest-functioning orthodontic and healthcare practices through client education, principal-managed projects, and design excellence.

Scott Somers, NCARB, Principal Architect, Owner ARCH-101

Cranbrook

We design the highest-functioning orthodontic and healthcare practices through client education, principal-managed projects, and design excellence.

Baxter

ARCH-101 is a boutique architectural and interior design firm specializing in the planning and designs of orthodontic and healthcare practices throughout the U.S and beyond.​​ We work with clients who understand the complexities of the project process and realize the value of our comprehensive services.

ARCH-101               +1.208.391.7100               ssomers@arch-101.com

"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur. "

~ Red Adair

Who we are

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