Rob Pfaffmann, AIA, AICP is an architect and planner with over 30 years of
diverse experience leading the design of key architecture, preservation and
planning projects in the Pittsburgh region. Through his writings, drawings
and research, and community involvement, he is known for his advocacy
of design, historic preservation, sustainability and urban planning policy.
He has led five LEED Projects for his firm and was project manager for the
Carnegie Mellon's Intelligent Workplace for BCJ and the Center for Building
Performance Diagnostics. He has taught Systems Integration
Studios (fourth year) at CMU.
In 1983 he joined the Pittsburgh office of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. As a
senior associate, he led key projects for mentor Peter Bohlin, FAIA
including Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute, The Intelligent
Workplace and the Heinz History Center.
In founding Pfaffmann + Associates in 1996, Rob's design leadership has
continued with a wide range of award-winning work that includes the
National Historic Landmark Meadowcroft Rockshelter, the Homewood and
Hill District branches of the Carnegie Library and Alcoa's US Business
Rob's urban and advocacy-planning work is grounded in his passion for
Pittsburgh's historic buildings, neighborhoods and riverfronts. He has
developed community plans for many Pittsburgh neighborhoods including
the Central Northside, Lawrenceville, Polish Hill and recently for Oakland.
His proposals and decade long advocacy for the reuse of the 1961 Civic
Arena received an AIA design award in 2009 and Preservation
PennsylvaniaÂ’s 2011 Grassroots Advocacy Award.