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Osage 1980

Amy Ott

Design Director, Associate, NCIDQ

Amy joined Shelton in as a design intern while she pursued her Masters of Interior Architecture from Chatham University. Post-graduation, she stayed on as a project designer and has continued on a rapid rise to become one of the first two Associates named of the firm. In addition to her associate status, Amy is NCIDQ certified and a Design Director on our residential projects as well as our commercial, hospitality, and retail projects.  


Amy takes great satisfaction in creating design solutions that are both conceptually creative and pragmatic for every client. She will gladly immerse herself in complex problem solving to curate spaces that are contextually grounded and refined in detail. Amy's holistic thinking and client-centered approach is bolstered by her passion for people and the belief that environmental design can have an enduring positive impact on its inhabitants.


Raised just north of Pittsburgh in Mercer County, Amy has lived in Pittsburgh since 2013 after graduating from Messiah College with a Bachelors of Arts in Sustainability Studies. She resides just east of Pittsburgh with her husband on their 27-acre budding farmstead.

"What has been your favorite design challenge, or detail used, in a Shelton project?"

Our Osage 1980 project's hidden mechanical room is one of the most complicated and successful details I've helped create. Although invisible to the naked eye, the sleek walnut paneling conceals not one but three mechanical access doors. This wall represents a true collaboration between Shelton's Design and Building teams. The paneling required significant research into wood veneers, edge banding, and hinges followed by a study of proportions, shadow reveals, and assembly details that would result in a seamless functional installation. The back and forth brainstorming with John Hill, our Senior Lead Carpenter, pushed both of us to think outside of the box and get the details just right. Did I mention it's incredibly stunning?

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