Paul B. Ostergaard, FAIA, AOU
Executive Vice President
Paul has focused on strategic plans for revitalizing downtowns and waterfronts by creating new mixed-use precincts, districts, and neighborhoods. Paul is responsible for numerous traditional neighborhood projects as well as the architectural design of institutional buildings, university facilities, community centers, municipal buildings, and multi-family residential buildings. Paul’s exceptional design and perspective drawing skills enable him to translate ideas into three-dimensional imagery that is easily understood by clients and the public. This talent is especially valuable for urban design projects, where Paul’s participation in on-site charrettes enables diverse constituencies to readily visualize how an existing neighborhood can be transformed and revitalized. Paul has prepared several master plans for private developers overseas and most recently won top prize in an international planning competition sponsored by the City of Moscow for the design of Russia’s new Federal District.
Professional Affiliations and Services
Paul is a member of the Academy of Urbanism, based in the United Kingdom, and their first American Academician. He is a full member of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the Transit Oriented Development Council. Paul is a member of the Congress of the New Urbanism and the International Downtown Association, participating as a speaker at many conferences. He is the former president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Paul holds an NCARB Certificate and is a registered architect in Pennsylvania, New York, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Maryland.
Paul earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) where he serves as a visiting critic and design instructor at the Urban Lab in the Department of Architecture. During his senior year at CMU, Paul won the Stewardson Traveling Fellowship, enabling him to travel extensively, exploring urban design and architecture in Western Europe. Paul is a member of the national Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Paul is a co-author of The Urban Design Handbook: Techniques and Working Methods published by Norton and widely used as a university text book. He has also authored several articles on urbanism.