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Bob Shelton

Bob Shelton, AIA

Principal Architect / President

Bob Shelton founded Shelton Design / Build in 2014, with the desire to create a unique firm for this region. He imagined a firm that could be Architect-led but centered around collaboration across many disciplines. Design intent that is innovative yet inclusive of the skills of tradesmen. Style that is period sensitive, yet creates spaces for modern living. 

Having been raised amongst a family of tradesmen, Bob's leadership style applies the Master Builder approach. He has assembled a team of skilled individuals that enhance each others disciplines, to create refined, elevated, and design-forward spaces. While there is no singular style to Shelton projects, Bob ensures the work applies solid design principles within the context and challenges that each project presents.  


Over his 19 year career, Bob has worked for large architectural firms such as Perkins Eastman, but also with small firms, contractors, and developers. He has been involved in projects ranging from $1,000 to $250M in value between the residential, retail, hospitality, and senior living typologies.


Bob is a Registered Architect in Pennsylvania and Texas. He was prepared for the industry with education at Kent State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Architecture. Bob has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Interior Design at Kent State University and Chatham University.


As of 2022, Bob is on the Board of Directors of AIA Pittsburgh. He is also is a Zoning Hearing Board member in Ben Avon Borough, where he resides with his wife and two children. 

“What is your favorite project or detail of a project that you’ve worked on at Shelton?”

Every project that comes in to this firm is important to me, of course. That said, Saint James 1880 will always be special for me. This was our first major whole-house design build project, completed under true Master Builder principles. We had very little field staff, only one designer, and it forced me to be immersed in every detail. I learned an incredible amount, not the least of which was how valuable a great relationship with the client can be towards the outcome of a project. This project will always be the foundation of the design/build portfolio that has now built up to what you see here.

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