Chicago-based Mary Cook Associates (MCA) announced that hospitality design veteran Scott Durst has joined the firm’s executive leadership team as vice president of operations. In this role he will direct and oversee all business operations and strategic initiatives and ensure MCA’s values and mission are consistently met across the organization.
Most recently, Durst spent eight years as director of the hospitality interior design studio at The Gettys Group, where his work included notable projects such as the Boston Godfrey Hotel, the Renaissance Allentown, Blackstone Hotel Chicago, the Royal Sonesta Chicago and World of Wine in Portugal.
Durst’s 17 years in the industry also include architectural design project management positions at London firms PLP Architecture and KPF Architecture, as well as Steelman Partners in Las Vegas.
Durst is a graduate of Kent State University, where he earned Bachelor of Science in architecture and Bachelor of Architecture degrees.