M. Paul Brott was born in Washington, D.C., and studied at Howard University there, earning a B. Arch. in 1957. He won the Henry Adams Award of the AIA his senior year.
In 1960, Brott joined the Washington office of George M. Ewing Co., rising to the position of partner before his departure in 1978, when he joined the Washington office of Los Angeles-based firm Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall. He remained with the Washington office until 1987, when he moved to the main office in California to become the firm's president in 1988 and its chairman in 1991. He came to Philadelphia in 1993 to assume the position of CEO of Ewing Cole Cherry, which became Ewing Cole Cherry Brott at that point. In 1990, Brott had been a key participant in a joint venture between DMJ&M and Ewing Cole designing terminal renovations at the Philadelphia International Airport. Brott retired from the firm in 1999, and died in Bethesda, MD.
Brott joined the national AIA in 1963, and was a member of the Washington-Metropolitan Chapter during the period he practiced in the District. He was a member of the AIA's Large Firm Roundtable, and was an AIA delegate to the Council on Procurement of Arhcitectural and Engineering Services. Brott was a fellow of the Society of American Military Engineers, and served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force in 1958-1960.