Rob is known for a wide range of award-winning architecture and urban design projects. After graduating from Syracuse University, Rob worked for the University Facilities Planning Office, where he met Peter Bohlin. At Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in Pittsburgh, he led key award winning R&D and higher-education projects, including Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute and Intelligent Workplace, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center.

After founding Pfaffmann + Associates in 1996, Rob’s design leadership has continued with a diverse range of award-winning projects like the Meadowcroft Rockshelter, the Homewood and Hill District branches of the Carnegie Library and Alcoa’s US Business Services Center. LEED projects include the Carnegie Mellon Cafe, Hill Library, Powdermill Nature Reserve and the soon-to-be-completed Point State Park Cafe.

Rob’s urban planning is grounded in his passion for Pittsburgh’s historic neighborhoods and riverfronts. He is known for his willingness to advocate for good design, historic preservation and urban policy through his writings, drawings and pro bono community involvement.