Principal Architect / President Bob Shelton founded Shelton Design / Build in 2014 with the desire to develop a unique firm for our region. He imagined a firm that could be Architect-led but centered around collaboration across many disciplines. Having been raised amongst a family of tradesmen, Bob's approach to practice 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 20 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. Bob is currently on the Board of Directors of AIA Pittsburgh. He is also the Zoning Hearing Board Chair in Ben Avon Borough, where he resides with his wife and two children.
Amy Ott, NCIDQ
Design Director, Associate 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.
Eva Knezovich, NCIDQ
Design Director, Associate Throughout Eva's tenure at Shelton she has been able to explore and develop her immense talents in the residential scale, working intensively with clients through the process. She has an aptitude for creating a cohesive direction for a space or structure and prides herself in the ability to internalize a client's style and mold their ideas to create an elevated finished product. She has since grown into one of the first two named Associates of the firm, and is a Design Director on our residential projects. Eva first received an Associates of Science in Photography from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh followed by a Bachelors of Interior Architecture from Chatham University. A number of personal residential renovations in between ignited her passion for design. Eva has gained valuable project experience having worked at firms such as Perkins Eastman and D2 Groups, immersed in the design and construction processes for a number of project typologies such as multi-family residential, senior living, higher education, and corporate design. Eva grew up in the Washington DC area, but has been living in Pittsburgh since 2002. She currently resides in the North Hills with her husband and two children.