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.
Gail Armstrong, Principal and Controller
As Controller, Gail oversees all of UDA’s financial and human resource functions. She has also been Vice President of the Society of Design Administrators since 2004. Gail’s financial and administrative expertise make her exceptionally valuable as UDA’s first non-architect Principal.
Education: B.A., Business Communication, Carlow University
Steve Auterman, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, Principal
As a new Principal, Steve leads projects as a Principal-in-Charge, as well as leads team efforts. Steve’s passion is for the thoughtful connection of architecture and active public space. He’s a frequent lecturer at leadership classes and conferences, and taught architecture and planning at the University of Memphis.
Education: B.Arch., Carnegie Mellon University, M.U.D., University of Sydney
David Csont, ASAI, Principal and Chief Illustrator
As the firm’s Chief Illustrator, David leads our illustration efforts in both digital and hand-drawn media. David’s passion is in drawing itself, but specifically in the challenge of expression and communication of the unique feel of a place. David also participates in national plein-air competitions and leads in-house seminars on hand drawing.
Education: B.S.(Design and Art History), SUNY Buffalo; M.F.A., with honors, University of Wisconsin
Ling hong, LEED Green Associate, senior urban designer
Ling is a senior team member on one of UDA’s design teams. She cares about how design, policy, environmental, and economics impact the form of our cities and neighborhoods. Ling is currently working towards AICP Licensure and LEED AP Accreditation. Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering for the local Habitat for Humanity chapter.
Education: B.Arch., University of Miami, M.U.D., Carnegie Mellon University
Chris is in his second year of the UDA fellowship program and serves as intern architect on one of UDA’s design teams. Chris is passionate for experiencing how local culture and traditions interact with architecture and urbanism to create unique, identifiable places. As an undergraduate, he’s visited over 20 countries – including having studied abroad in Rome and spent a summer in Romania documenting historic architecture.
Education: B.Arch., University of Notre Dame
Nika Mirrafie, Urban Designer
Nika is in her first year of the UDA Fellowship program and serves on one of UDA’s Design Teams. Nika’s passion lies in painting and the representation of places. Prior to joining UDA, Nika has worked with the Salt Lake City Department of Transportation and Perkins & Will. She has a short commute to work as one of Pittsburgh’s downtown residents.
Education: B.S.,(Urban Planning), University of Utah, M.Arch., University of Miami
Cara O’Brien, Urban Designer
Cara is in her first year of the UDA Fellowship program and serves on one of UDA’s Design Teams. Cara’s passion is in the connection of city design and human health. She studied abroad in Rome as an undergraduate, and she’s currently pursuing accreditation in Planning.
Education: B.Arch., University of Notre Dame
Megan O’Hara, AICP, LEED AP bd+c,
As a new Principal, Megan leads projects as a Principal-in-Charge, as well as team design efforts. Megan’s passion is in promoting urban environments that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. She has worked on a wide range of projects across the USA and Canada, and she’s an active member of the American Planning Association.
Education: B.Arch., University of Notre Dame, M.S.U.D., with honors, University of Oxford
Susann Reimann, Graphic Designer
Susann handles the strategic direction and implementation of UDA’s brand and graphic identity. She has a genuine passion for thoughtful, clean design. Susann collaborates with UDA’s design teams, and manages the firm’s graphic deliverables.
Education: B.S.(Graphic Design), Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Lori Sipes, Marketing & Recruiting Coordinator