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meet the studio 

At UDA, we’re one team with a collective passion for revitalizing cities. We’re all about creating vibrant public spaces and exceptional places for people of all walks of life to live, work and play. Not only is our craft rooted in the traditions of hand-drawing and illustration – we have yet to discover a more powerful way to begin bringing visions to life – but we’re also committed to allowing local traditions to guide the design and development of reimagined communities. We believe deeply in the interaction and connection of architecture to the creation of public space, and you’ll often find us shaping policy to further improve the urban condition for everyone.

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Gail Armstrong, Principal and Controller

As Controller, Gail oversees all of UDA’s financial and human resource functions. She manages the day-to-day finances of the firm as UDA’s first non-architect Principal. Gail has also been Vice President of the Society of Design Administrators since 2004.

Education: B.A., Business Communication, Carlow University

STEVE AUTERMAN

Steve Auterman, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, BD+C, Principal

Steve came to UDA from Looney Ricks Kiss with deep experience in mixed-use and urban projects. As a new Principal, Steve leads projects as a Principal-in-Charge, as well as leads team efforts. He’s a frequent lecturer on leadership, architectural and planning classes at University of Memphis. He’s previously lived in Sydney, Australia while pursuing his Master’s degree. 

Education: B.Arch., Carnegie Mellon University, M.U.D., University of Sydney

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David Csont, ASAI, Principal and Chief Illustrator

David is a nationally-recognized illustrator and educator, and he leads our firm’s illustration efforts with his work in digital and hand-drawn illustration media. David also participates in national plein-air competitions and leads in-house seminars on hand drawing.

Education: B.S. in Design and Art History, State University of New York College at Buffalo; Masters of Fine Arts, with honors, University of Wisconsin-Madison

LING HONG

Ling hong, LEED Green Associate, senior urban designer

 

Ling is a Green Associate who has studied abroad in Rome, Italy. Currently working towards AICP Licensure and LEED AP Accreditation, Ling volunteers for the local Habitat for Humanity building programs.

Education: B.Arch., University of Miami, M.U.D., Carnegie Mellon University

 

Nicole Kubas, Urban Designer

 

Nicole joined UDA from the non-profit sector and serves as a Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation Member and Volunteer. She’s currently pursuing AICP Certification.

Education: M.Arch., Kansas State University

 

Chris Lattimer, 

Designer

Chris works as an intern architect with the firm. As an undergraduate, he’s visited over 20 countries and studied abroad in Rome, spending a summer in Romania documenting historic architecture. Chris is currently pursuing licensure in architecture.

Education: B.Arch., University of Notre Dame

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Barry J. Long, Jr. AIA,LEED AP, managing principal

Barry serves as the firm’s CEO, overseeing the day-to-day and year-to-year operations of our finance and personnel functions. In addition to national projects, Barry leads the firm’s west coast practice. As a community volunteer, he’s donated his time to several local commission and organizations. 

Education: M.Arch and B.S.Arch, Montana State University

Nika Mirrafie, Urban Designer

Nika joined UDA with experience in the Salt Lake City Department of Transportation. With a graduate specialty in Healthcare Design, Nika is currently pursuing licensure in Architecture and Planning accreditation (AICP). Nika has a short commute to work as one of Pittsburgh’s young downtown residents.

Education: M. Arch University of Miami, B.S., Urban Planning University of Utah 

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Cara O’Brien, Urban Designer

Cara has a deep interest in the connection of city design and human health. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Rome. She’s currently pursuing accreditation in Planning (AICP).

Education: B.Arch., University of Notre Dame

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Megan O’Hara, AICP, LEED AP bd+c, 

Principal

As a new Principal, Megan leads projects and team design efforts, with a specific interest in Planning Policy and shaping cities. She’s an active member of APA (American Planning Association) and has achieved her Master’s Degree at Oxford University while working at UDA.

Education: B.Arch., University of Notre Dame, M.S.U.D., with Honors, University of Oxford

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Paul Ostergaard FAIA, AoU, NCARB, 

managing principal

While a Principal at UDA, Paul has led projects across the USA and around the world.  For his extensive design resume, he was recognized as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. As an acclaimed illustrator, Paul led UDA’s early commitment to 3D renderings as part of the urban design process.

Education: B.Arch., Carnegie Mellon University

 

ERIC OSTH

Eric Osth, AIA, LEED AP, Managing Principal

As UDA’s Vice Chairman, Eric oversees UDA’s day-to-day marketing efforts and leads UDA’s architectural practice. Eric has been deeply involved in the local design community, serving as the 2011 President of the AIA Pittsburgh and a Board Member for Riverlife, a non-profit leading the revitalization of Pittsburgh’s Riverfronts. He also commutes to work by bicycle.

Education: B.Arch., University of Miami, with Honors, M.U.D., University of California, Berkeley

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Susann Reimann, Graphic Designer

 

Susann handles the strategic direction and implementation of UDA’s brand and graphic identity. She participates and collaborates with our design teams, and manages the firm’s graphic deliverables.  

Education: B.S., Graphic Design, Art Institute of Pittsburgh

ROB ROBINSON

Rob Robinson, AIA, managing principal

 

As Chairman, Rob has shaped UDA’s approach to Urban Design. He’s been instrumental in resurrecting the use of Pattern Books in urban design today, co-authoring The Architectural Pattern Books with Norton Publications. Rob has a true passion for travel and discovery of the uniqueness of places.

Education: B.S., Architecture and Urban Planning, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University   

Lori Sipes, Marketing & Recruiting Coordinator

Lori coordinates our firm’s marketing, business development, and recruiting efforts. She also manages all firm-wide marketing functions and proposal efforts. Lori oversees the firm’s presence on social media platforms and elsewhere.

Education: B.S., Communication, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Film Degree, Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts

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Ashleigh Walton, AIA, Architect

Ashleigh joined UDA after serving in a Town Architect role in Beachtown, a new community in Galveston, Texas. She’s a participant and member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOW) and the Congress of New Urbanism (CNU), and she’s currently involved in the local AIA’s Young Leadership Forum. As one of Pittsburgh’s young downtown residents, Ashleigh can get home-to-studio in no-time-flat.

Education: B.S.(Arch), M.Arch., Andrews University

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Terry Welsh, AIA, LEED AP, Associate 

Terry leads one of UDA’s Urban Design & Architectural teams and has extensive architectural experience. He’s a firm leader in harnessing up-to-the-minute digital technology in the representation of the firm’s design work. Terry has also participated in the local AIA’s Young Leadership Forum.

Education: B.Arch., University of Notre Dame