Scott Rumel, Class of 1971, Architect

Scott RumelScott attended Sahuaro when it first opened in 1968 and graduated with the Class of 1971. During each of his three years at Sahuaro he earned varsity letters in track and cross country. In his senior year he served as Class president and as president of the letterman’s club. Academically, he finished 14th in a class of over 500.

After graduating from Sahuaro, he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Arizona, where he graduated with distinction in 1976. He has worked as an architect since that time, including 25 years managing his own Tucson based architectural firm, with a history of diverse commercial and residential projects, having designed noteworthy buildings such as the Sierra Vista Police Headquarters, the Valley TeleCom Headquarters in Safford, the Electrical Engineering Building at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, and the Sonoran Science Academy High School in Tucson. His professional goal is to continue making a beneficial difference in the lives of his clients through good design. Also, as part of his architectural practice over the years, Scott has hosted, mentored, and encouraged numerous high school students and college interns pursuing the practice of architecture.

His participation in the community includes 30 years as a member of the American Institute of Architects, 30 years as a board member to the Ott YMCA in Tucson, and over 15 years as a board member to the Sahuaro Cougar Foundation, where he served 3 years as its president. In addition, he has helped to organize numerous reunions for the class of 1971, whose classmates continue to celebrate their roots at Sahuaro and a lifetime of friendship.

Scott’s enduring commitment to organizations that support youth development has naturally included his own family, where he is father to five children and seven grandchildren, and with whom he has shared his encouragement as a parent, as a team coach, as a spectator in the bleachers, and as a helper-of-homework from kindergarten through high school. Scott and his wife Tiffany still have two children at home, keeping the job of homework-helper active for at least a few more years. They celebrate their twenty-first wedding anniversary this year.


 

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