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Megan O’Hara, AICP, LEED AP
Principal

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.

Recently, Megan’s work has centered on the synergies of transit-oriented development. In Virginia Beach, VA, she helped the city explore their potential for mixed-use development in five Strategic Growth Areas along a potential light rail extension corridor. Similarly in Pittsburgh, PA, Megan led a team of designers in determining the development opportunities and appropriate densification of a historic neighborhood looking to incorporate new transit in the form of a streetcar or circulator. 

Education and Professional Affiliations
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. 

Professional Affiliations and Service
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. She has volunteered through the Design Center of Pittsburgh’s Design Consults program, helping homeowners plan for contextual renovations. 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.