Springboard Design, an award-winning architecture and planning firm based in Pittsburgh, is a progressive, multi-disciplinary studio founded in 2001 by Paul Rosenblatt AIA. By concentrating on public interest design, cultural facility and civic planning, healthy workplaces, and sustainable, innovative homes, we are focused on improving the quality of life for our clients and their communities.
Building on Rosenblatt’s 35 years of experience in architecture, education, and art – and partner Bill Szustak’s more than 20 years – Springboard Design is a nationally recognized leader in the benefits of ethical development of communities. Our work has been published internationally and received national design awards and recognition.
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.
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.
Paul Rosenblatt RA, NCARB, SEED, Founding Principal
Paul Rosenblatt is a licensed architect nationally recognized for the planning and design of facilities for purpose driven groups like social service organizations, museums, and universities.
A graduate of Yale University where he received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture degrees, Rosenblatt is the founding principal of Springboard Design. In 1987, he moved to Pittsburgh from New York City, to teach at Carnegie Mellon University, balancing the teaching and practice of architecture with work as an exhibiting artist. There he established Springboard Design in 2001. Also an exhibiting artist, his one-man-installation was included in the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial. Entitled “Well-Played: Paul’s Vinyl Records,” the installation incorporated paintings, sound, and over 15,000 vintage vinyl records. His current artistic practice involves abstract paintings that explore concepts of thin space and layering.
Rosenblatt’s overlapping practices in art and architecture have led to the founding of a new artisan residency in Johnstown, PA, Creator Square, which is an anchor project of that community’s 2025 Visioning Project.
He is host of the online museum leadership community, the Museum Expansion Workshop.
Rosenblatt was selected to participate in Theaster Gates’ Ethical Redevelopment Salon, a membership-based, social-learning network and peer-mentorship club based at the University of Chicago’s Place Lab. The Salon fosters relationships through cross-city networks and cross-sector innovation, and provides members with the knowledge and support needed to create meaningful community change.
He currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Winchester Thurston School.
Bill Szustak RA, Managing Principal
Architect Bill Szustak provides strong design and management direction for all of the phases of numerous types of architectural projects. He is responsible for establishing all of Springboard Design’s graphic standards, production protocols, and quality control systems. These large office systems enable Springboard Design to undertake a wide range of project scales and types. He is an expert BIM user with deep expertise in the use and application of the office’s ArchiCAD platform.
With over 20 years of professional experience as an architect, Mr. Szustak is especially experienced in undertaking needs assessments, identifying and evaluating suitable project sites, preparing preliminary documents and feasibility studies.
A past board member of the Three Rivers Center for Independent Living, he has lectured on innovative accessibility design and been involved in many projects that improve the lives of persons with disabilities.
Mr. Szustak’s healthy balance of aesthetic innovation with attention to detail and constructability were forged during fellowships at The Ohio State University and high honors programs at the University at Buffalo.
Petra Fallaux, Creative Director Dutch native Petra Fallaux is a writer, curator, and artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has helped direct Springboard Design since its founding. After receiving degrees in psychology (B.S.University of Leiden) and film studies (M.S. University of Amsterdam) in the Netherlands, Petra moved to the United States where she earned a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Upon graduation, the university hired Petra to direct its art galleries. She curated well over one hundred exhibitions in a variety of media ranging from quilts, paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, video, architecture, and design, to multi media and site specific installations. From her 11 years of experience as the director of the Hewlett and Miller Gallery – including the founding and building of the 10,000 sf Miller Gallery spaces – Ms. Fallaux has developed an informed perspective on the planning of non-profit cultural organizations and exhibitions.
Petra is also an artist whose work in textiles embodies her credo of shape, color and simplicity and is often inspired by the coast and landscape of The Netherlands. Her most recent interest and focus have been on various print making techniques for textiles.
Springboard Design is committed to offering smart and inventive architectural design and planning solutions while cultivating the development of a transformative and creative community. Our pledge is to focus on measurable project success, outstanding client service and satisfaction, and the exploration of design solutions for a healthier, more sustainable world.
At Springboard Design, our vision is to become recognized as a leading national architectural firm known for expanding architectural practice to embrace both traditional design services and impactful leadership in the realms of ethical development and cross-disciplinary arts.
Our values are open, inclusive, optimistic, collaborative, and pragmatic. We value constructive problem solving, ingenuity, and the belief that challenges present opportunities.
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The Springboard Workshop
Every Springboard Design project begins with a ‘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’s architectural studio and gallery is located at 5125 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. The multi-level studios include our offices, meeting spaces, gallery, and a materials resource library.
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