Speaking Engagements


UN FAO Rome: “Sustainable Wood for a Sustainable World”

Scott will be presenting in this global forum on his ten years of work and research on the connection between urban wood sourcing and community forest conservation at the global scale, including: Wood at Work, Brooklyn Bridge Forest, The Future of Forest Work, C40 F40


World Design Summit: Wood as a Focal Thing: Catalyzing a conservation design culture in an era of technocracy

Design is a culture-building activity: while offering new infrastructures for daily life, it “leads change” in our patterns of thinking, communication, skills and symbols.

For millennia wood has offered human civilizations and cultures a material to build “things”, from ships and dwellings to tools, musical instruments and even cities. The primary material for many built environments, wood demands a world of relationships, skills and knowledge that span from forest to workshop and building site.

In this symposium, I draw on expertise and findings from Wood at Work (woodatwork.nyc), a transdisciplinary community of practice I founded in 2015 that brings together leaders in conservation, forestry, industry innovation, architecture, and urban planning. Together, our mission is to advance the role of wood globally in urban construction, forest conservation, and climate discourse by focusing on the links between sustainable wood use, and the strategies that make sourcing this wood truly beneficial to global conservation efforts and human well-being.


GROW: Cultivating the Next Generation of Architectural Leaders, Center for Architecture

GROW was a one-day symposium in November 2015 geared toward emerging leaders and mid-career architects seeking inspiration and knowledge. Scott Francisco was invited to speak on the topic of "business structure."


“Forests As Capital” Annual Conference of the International Society of Tropical Foresters, Yale Chapter

Pilot Projects and its partners in the Brooklyn Bridge Forest were finalists in the Innovation Prize for outstanding ideas and concepts in financing tropical forest conservation. The Brooklyn Bridge Forest team presented the project before a panel of judges and conference attendees. 



2013 MAS Summit for New York City

New York City needs leaders that will cultivate opportunity and nurture innovation in all spheres. This year’s Summit themes were Innovation and Leadership, driving a discussion of building a globally competitive city that is socially, economically and environmentally resilient. Scott Francisco presented Brooklyn Bridge Forest and 100 Fountains.  See a video of the presentation.


IAM Inhabit

A gathering of creatives from a variety of disciplines to share ideas and issues related to their artistic and spiritual practices.


IIDEX, Toronto

"Envisioning Adaptation: Design as a Bridge to a Sustainable Future"

Are we simply solving today’s problems, or truly designing for the future? Value-engineering efficient solutions for today’s office spaces often results in functional but ultimately disposable environments... Starting now we must design for both today’s volatile market and a future we can only assume will treat energy and waste in a very different way. For sustainability to gain real traction in the world of interior furniture, fixtures, and finishes, we need design to perform exceptionally in today’s competitive market, and avoid obsolescence and landfill in an unknown future. This will require a shift in thinking to permeate our industry.


Work Revolution Summit

The Innovation Paradox: Do our products of innovation lead to an innovative culture—or not?


Young Executives of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce

Craftsmanship, Culture and Technology in Workplace Strategy: Building a Creative and Efficient Environment For Your Company

A conversation with workplace design and strategy experts:


  • Scott Francisco, Pilot Projects Design Collective
  • Sara Matiz, MAD
  • Filippo Soave, Perkins and Will

Is craftsmanship relevant in our technological age? Does it impact organizational culture and workplace design? How can productive organizations be supported by design? As Italian traditions intersect with contemporary business practices, are craftsmanship and technology at odds with each other? What does a workplace look like that supports both craftsmanship and a streamlined business model?


Social Enterprise Boot Camp at Columbia, NYU, and SVA

"Sustainability and Social Enterprise"
Dr. Sara Minard and Scott Francisco


Tribal Gathering for the Corporate World, Sundance, UT

"A Tale of Two Hammers: Workplace, Tools and Organization-Craft”
Scott Francisco. Sept 2012


Greater and Greener: Reimagining Parks for 21st Century Cities, NYC

“Using Technology to Persuade People and Bring in the Dollars”
Yasmin Fodil. July 2012


International Jacques Ellul Society Annual Conference

“Jacques Ellul and the Lightsaber: The Cultural Potential of Inefficient Techniques”
Scott Francisco. July 2012


WorkTech New York City 2012

Scott Francisco, Chair. May 2012


NEOCON Chicago

“Envisioning Adaptation: Design as a Bridge to a Sustainable Future”
Scott Francisco. May 2012


WX - Executive Women in New York City Real Estate

“The Workplace of the Future; Double Visions”
Scott Francisco. December 2011


Harvard Institute for English Language Programs

“Social Media in the Middle East: Why Now, What’s Next?”
Yasmin Fodil. July 2011


Buildex Seattle

"16th Century Spice Trade: Ships, Organizations and Cargo”
Scott Francisco. 2009


Construct Canada

“Design for Change" and "Obscure Dependencies”
Scott Francisco. 2008-2009


IFMA International Facilities Management Association

“In Pursuit of the Creative Workplace”
Scott Francisco. 2005


International Conference on Communities and Technologies, Milan

"Communities vs. Networks"
Scott Francisco. 2005


Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

“Material Revolution”
Scott Francisco. 2002


HGTV: This Small Space

Segment on Toronto Loft-Conversion Project
Scott Francisco. 1998