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Scotty's House

A&M architecture students envision
future of Bryan child advocacy center



In February 2005, 11 Texas A&M architecture students in professor George Mann’s design studio shared their visions for the future of Scotty’s House Child Advocacy Center in Bryan, Texas.

The organization provides sexually and physically abused children in the Brazos County area with a supportive, nurturing environment while authorities investigate their cases. In 2004, the agency served 418 children.

According to Scotty’s House executive director Linda Patton, the organization has outgrown its current facility and more space is needed to meet current and future demands for its services.

“In their designs, the students strived to maintain the human scale and coziness of the existing facility while provided more, much needed space, said Mann, the Ronald L Skaggs Endowed Professor of Health Facility Design at the Texas A&M College of Architecture. “Furthermore, the students were challenged to design Scotty's House as a self-sustaining facility in an era of limited resources and major trends toward green architecture.”

“This project was an excellent learning vehicle for the architectural design students,” Mann continued. “It involved a real site, a real client and a challenge to deal with a very complex and difficult subject.”

One of only 52 child advocacy centers in Texas, Scotty’s House was founded in 1995 to provide a supportive and nurturing environment where a child victim can interact with the necessary agencies. The non-profit organization and this project were dedicated to the memory and honor of Scotty Linerode, who was shot to death by his father seven months after being abducted from his daycare center, in 1982.

“Working with professor Mann and his students has been a wonderful opportunity to see the dreams of our board, staff and partner agencies become architectural designs we hope will become a physical reality in the near future,” said Patton.

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Student designs for the future Scotty's House Child Advocacy Center in Bryan

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