As a design principal for UDA, Paul Ostergaard has recently focused on strategic plans for revitalizing downtowns and waterfronts, siting and integrating new large public buildings (such as stadiums and convention centers) such that they promote additional private investment and create successful new, mixed-use districts. Paul is also responsible for numerous traditional neighborhood projects as well as for 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 the diverse constituencies for these projects to readily visualize how an existing neighborhood can be transformed and revitalized. Prior to joining UDA, Paul was instrumental in several corporate master plan projects for clients including IBM, Hewlett Packard and Intel. Paul is the first vice president/president elect of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and was a design member of the Advisory Service Panel for the Southwest Waterfront in Washington, D.C. in 1998. A member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Paul was a guest speaker at the 1999 Congress in Milwaukee, and as a member of the American Society of Architectural Perspectivists, Paul received the Society's Award for Excellence in Graphic Representation of Architecture in 1995.
Paul is a former Chairman of the Planning Board for Mt. Lebanon, PA. He served on the board of the South Hills YMCA of Pittsburgh as well as the Freewheelers of Pittsburgh, an organization devoted to outings for mobility impaired citizens. An Eagle Scout himself, Paul remains active in scouting.Paul earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) where he served as a design instructor and visiting critic. 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.