Megan O’Hara, AICP, LEED AP
Megan’s expertise focuses on promoting urban environments that are socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable. At Urban Design Associates, she has participated as a lead designer and project manager for projects in the U.S. and internationally. Megan facilitates the revitalization of urban environments through the design of contextual infill, mixed-use and transit-oriented development, form-based codes, and design guidelines. She has a passion for helping communities create shared visions for equitable and sustainable futures and helping public and private clients chart implementable paths to achieving these visions.
Megan’s work has centered on comprehensive redevelopment and district growth plans for municipal clients. In the Hennepin County TOD planning, as well as work in Calgary, Pittsburgh, Nashville, and Virginia Beach, she has played a critical role in translating visions and designs into implementable public and private initiatives. Her strong background in land use policy and zoning is coupled with an understanding of sequencing and the relationship of opportunity sites to development incentives and financing strategies.
Megan was awarded a Masters in Sustainable Urban Development, with distinction, from the University of Oxford in conjunction with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. Her dissertation research focused on the importance of providing access to urban transit and explored ways to maximize these benefits.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame where she also participated in its Rome Studies Program. She is a member of Tau Sigma Delta, the National Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts.
Megan participated in a staff exchange with John Thompson & Partners in London, England, where she focused on elements of sustainable urbanism and community participatory design. Megan’s speaking engagements, include: American Planning Association (APA), University of Notre Dame, U.S. Green Building Council (USGB), the Remaking Cities Congress, and the University of Oxford. She has served as a visiting critic for Pittsburgh’s History and Landmark Foundation. Megan is a member of the American Planning Association, the Congress for New Urbanism, and the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture, and Urbanism.