Springboard Design is a progressive, design-oriented, architectural firm founded in 2001 by Paul Rosenblatt AIA. In our work, we focus on the relationship between contemporary art and architectural culture, environmental and economic sustainability, and technology. From our home base in Pittsburgh, PA, we are a nationally recognized and award-winning leader in the design of museums, exhibitions, cultural facilities, workplaces, homes, and educational facilities.
Over the years,we are fortunate to have become involved in some very interesting projects. Our work has been featured on HGTV, received national design awards, and been published internationally. But, first and foremost, our priority is our clients’ satisfaction. If they aren’t happy, we aren’t happy. The fact that we have such a high percentage of repeat business testifies to the level of satisfaction that our clients feel. We genuinely care about our clients’ needs and believe that this shows in the work.
Whether your project is big or small, visionary or practical, we are committed to developing innovative solutions to complex architectural problems and beautiful solutions to simple ones.
Current projects include: climbing wall facility; museum renovation; restaurant design; urban/economic development; public school building adaptive reuse; and several exciting new contemporary home designs and renovations, to name a few.
We encourage you to reach out to us to see how we can help you with your architecture, planning, design, or art project. For a free consultation, give us a call or shoot us an email.
The hallmark of our work is summed up in the following motto:
Developing innovative solutions to complex architectural problems and beautiful solutions to simple ones.
Paul Rosenblatt AIA SEED, Principal Founding Springboard Design Principal Paul Rosenblatt is best known for his work with purpose driven organizations and artist communities. Mr. Rosenblatt has developed an especially distinctive voice in the planning and design of training facilities, maker spaces, and museums. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, where he received the Yale School of Architecture’s Anne C.K. Garland Award. He was Editor of Perspecta, The Journal of the Yale School of Architecture.
Bill Szustak RA, Principal Mr. Szustak has provided strong design and management direction for all phases of numerous types of architectural projects. His fellowship at The Ohio State University and high honors from SUNY at Buffalo have instilled a healthy balance of aesthetic innovation and attention to detail and constructability. Mr. Szustak is a past board member of the Three Rivers Center for Independent Living and has lectured on innovative accessibility design and been involved in many projects that improve the lives of persons with disabilities.
Leah Wulfman, Project Designer Leah received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture, where she was awarded several interdisciplinary awards for art and architecture. She believes that, as an expression of human existence, architecture is a means for situating and communicating stories. Leah actively advances projects and conversations that generate and unfold alternative architecture histories and futures. Before joining Springboard Design, she worked as a writer and Junior Designer for Front Studio Architects in Pittsburgh, PA, assisting with the production of a book and exhibition on Art Lubetz’ contributions to contemporary architecture and theory. She has also worked with Ensamble Studio in Madrid, Spain, assembling projects that would be shown at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 and upcoming Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017. Throughout her undergraduate career, Leah served as designer and a co-editor of inter·punct, a journal for architectural theory and discourse. Since graduating, Leah has collaborated with Sampsonia Way to interview architectural designer Mitch McEwen, as well as Point Line Projects on multiple architecture and design-related projects at various stages of development.
Petra Fallaux, Creative Director From her 11 years of experience as the Director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Art Galleries – including the founding and building of the 10,000sf Regina Gouger Miller Gallery – Ms. Fallaux has developed an informed perspective on the planning of non-profit cultural organizations and exhibitions. She has organized well over 100 exhibitions. Ms. Fallaux is also an active artist who brings a refreshing perspective to Springboard’s surface design specifications. An active contemporary quilt artist since 2003, her credo in her own work is: shape, color, and simplicity. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Petra Fallaux is most attracted to spare geometric forms in art. Degrees from the Universities of Leiden (BS Psychology) and Amsterdam (MS Film Studies) and a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School for Public Policy are underpinnings of her background and knowledge.
Sarah Grossman, Intern Sarah is studying at the University of Pittsburgh, double majoring in Architectural Studies and Global/Popular Music with a minor in Studio Arts and a certificate in Global Studies. She was born in Pittsburgh, and hopes to pursue a Masters degree in Architecture after taking some time to pursue her interest in travel and culture. When not studying, Sarah is involved with Pitt Bike Collective as a core organizer, the Teenie Harris Project, work and choir (when scheduling allows). At Springboard, she is becoming immersed in the day-to-day operations of an architectural firm, while taking on some responsibilities in the marketing and social media department.
The Springboard Workshop
Every Springboard Design project begins with a ‘Springboard Workshop.’
What are your dreams and goals? What are the project constraints? What are your resources? What are you worried about? Or excited about? These and so many more issues and ideas become the heart of your personalized ‘Springboard Workshop.’ Together with you and your family or colleagues, we throw everything at the wall to see what sticks, facilitate affinity exercises to build consensus, and generally make sure everyone understands what the issues are that we are trying to address. Our team excels at facilitating this process. In fact, some clients have told us that our ‘Springboard Workshops’ are the best project ‘kick-off’ meetings they have ever experienced. Contact us to schedule yours!
Art & Architecture
Springboard Design explores the essential issue of space in the practice of art and architecture. Springboard’s Principal Paul Rosenblatt’s art practice informs and intersects with his leadership of the studio’s architectural inquiries and commissions. If art is work without function – or whose function is purely expressive – then architecture is more directly responsive to functional needs and requirements. Springboard’s architectural problem solving is creatively influenced by the freedom afforded the space of art.
Springboard’s art and architecture projects collectively explore the nature of contemporary space and the challenges of place making today. Constraints like budgets, building codes, and the demands of sustainability are viewed as opportunities for creativity and expression rather than problems.
Springboard Design recently re-located to expanded studio space located at 1931 Sidney Street, Pittsburgh, PA. The 6,000 sf studio is shared equally with Clear Story Studio, a Pittsburgh-based professional creative services firm.
Paul Rosenblatt and Springboard Design have received many awards for their buildings and projects. A few highlights:
Orville Lance Prize for Architecture: Several of Paul Rosenblatt’s architectural projects were juried into the National Academy of Design’s 179th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Art. Based upon this work, The National Academy selected Mr. Rosenblatt as the recipient of the prestigious Orville Lance Prize for Architecture.
American Institute of Architects Open Plan Award: Mr. Rosenblatt’s Piers Project – in collaboration with Bruce Lindsey AIA – proposes a strategy for the adaptive reuse of existing abandoned bridge piers. The Piers Project was awarded an Open Plan Award by the AIA Pittsburgh Chapter and was exhibited at the Heinz Architectural Center. The models and drawings of this project are now in the Heinz’ permanent collection.
Pittsburgh Business Times Fast Tracker Award: Awarded by the Pittsburgh Business Times to the ‘region’s 50 front-runners,’ the Fast Trackers Award is given to those individuals who are having a positive impact on their profession and the region. Editor Mara Mrvos was quoted as saying that, “the individuals highlighted are all committed to their respective careers and communities. For that, we congratulate them and thank them for making the region a better place to live and do business.”
Other awards include: Cool Space Locator Award, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Preservation Award, ATAS International Commercial Project of the Year, League of American Bicyclists Bronze Award, Bike Pittsburgh Bike Friendly Employer Award