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Scott Howard - Photo by The Oklahoman
Nick Fairless, HFSD Office


As a Principal, Scott has created a firm known for its design creativity and ability to get projects built on time and on budget.  He has extensive design experience, having worked on many of the successful and notable projects in the Oklahoma City metro area.  His focus is to develop landscapes that are- sustainable, durable, useable and realistic in regard to maintainability.  His expertise is in the design of outdoor spaces that enhance human interaction with nature and the environment, enhancing quality of life experiences.

Scott is a 1985 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture.  After working for several years in the nursery industry, became licensed to practice Landscape Architecture in the State of Oklahoma.  He is also licensed in Texas and Arkansas.  Scott has been CLARB certified since 2001 and earned his LEED AP accreditation in 2009.

Scott founded the firm of Howard Site Design, Inc. in 1988, and later added a partner in 1995 (changing the name to Howard-Fairbairn Site Design, Inc).  Scott has been a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects since 1988 and was President of the Oklahoma Chapter in 1999.  He is still active with the chapter and has served two term as a National Trustee, representing Oklahoma.

Scott is active in the Oklahoma City community, having served as a Board Member for Oklahoma City Beautiful from 1999-2008, Vice-Chairman on the Oklahoma City Arts Commission from 2008-2014, and is currently serving as Vice-Chairman Oklahoma Board of Architects, Landscape Architects and Registered Interior Designers.

Some of his most notable projects include:

Project 180 Streetscapes, Oklahoma City, OK.

Project 180 Chesapeake Arena Plaza, Oklahoma City, OK.

Project 180 Street Level Plaza, Oklahoma City, OK.

Carlton Landing Development, Eufaula, OK.

Filmrow Streetscape, Oklahoma City, OK.

The Lower Bricktown Canal & Land Run prairie and plaza area,

Oklahoma City, OK. - OKASLA - Merit Award - 1999

The River Canal, Oklahoma City, OK.

The Reforestation of the Oklahoma River and Trails, Oklahoma City, OK.

Festival Marketplace Plaza, Edmond - OKASLA -  Merit Award - 2007

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art,Oklahoma City, OK.

The Galleria/City Center Parking Garage, Oklahoma City, OK.

OSU Architecture Bldg Addition/Expansion, Stillwater, OK.

St. Anthony’s and Bone & Joint Hospitals Landscape Master Plan,

Oklahoma City,OK

Shartel/18th St. Streetscape, Oklahoma City, OK.

The Noble Foundation’s Administration Building & Campus, Ardmore, OK.

The Legacy at Oaktree, Edmond, OK.

After graduating from the Oklahoma State University School of Landscape Architecture in 2008, Nick's career has taken him from Oklahoma to the Middle East and many places in between.  His extensive portfolio spans from a wide variety of projects types, scales, and geographical locations, including residential design, international resort planning, site specific design, urban design, and community planning.

Inspired by nature and the process of design Nick began his career at an international design firm located in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  During his time spent there he worked on projects located in Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and South Florida.  Since 2010 he has been practicing with Howard-Fairbairn Site Design, now as a licensed landscape architect.  He is driven to take clients' visions from concept through construction.  Nick seeks inspiration from his outdoor adventures which have helped to shape his creative capabilities, work ethic, and ability to focus at the task at hand.  He strives to constantly learn, evolve, and grow as a professional at HFSD and is on a mission to manipulate the landscape in innovative and environmentally sound ways.

Scott Fairbairn, HFSD Office

As Principal, Scott provides design and production leadership in a diversity of projects.  He has extensive experience in planning, project design, and construction documentation.  Experience includes comprehensive master planning, site planning, and hardscape/softscape design.  Prior to joining HFSD, Scott Fairbairn worked for fourteen-years at a multi-disciplinary architectural and engineering firm, where he developed a valuable foundation in project design ranging from base comprehensive plans to commercial, office, academic, and armed forces projects.

Scott is a 1981 graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture.  He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects-1981.  He has previously served as Treasurer, and is served as President for the Oklahoma Chapter in 2021.

Scott is a member of the West Oklahoma City Rotary Club and has served at several club positions including President in 2009-2010.

Notable design projects within the Oklahoma City metropolitan area include:

Bickham Rudkin Park, Edmond, OK.

Eisenhower Plaza at Stars and Stripes Park, Oklahoma City, OK.

Jimmy Everest Garden Walk, OUHSC, Oklahoma City – OKASLA Merit Award - 2003

Mercy Cancer Center, Oklahoma City, OK.

Project 180 Streetscape, Oklahoma City, OK.

Reimington Park Casino Improvements, Oklahoma City, OK.

Reed Convention Center, Midwest City, OK.

State Capitol Oil Well Enhancement Project, - OKASLA – Merit Award - 2001

State Capitol Improvements Master Plan, - OKASLA – Merit Award – 2000

Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge Master Plan, Oklahoma City, OK – OKASLA Merit Award - 2002

University of Central Oklahoma Campus Improvements, Edmond, OK – OKASLA Honor Award - 1999


Other notable projects include:


Arnold AFB Base Comprehensive Plan, Arnold AFB, TN.

Hanscom AFB Base Comprehensive Plan, Hanscom AFB, MA.

Hansom Military Housing Community Plan, Hanscom AFB, MA.

Murray State Park Lodge and Park Improvements, Murray State Park, OK.

Murray State Park Nature Center, Murray State Park, OK.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University Campus Improvements, Durant, OK.


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