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Joe is a leader in urban design, planning and real estate development projects in North America and abroad. His focus is on the regeneration of our towns, cities, and neighborhoods and using the lessons of those places to inform the design of new districts and towns that are inherently highly adaptable and resilient. At Urban Design Associates, Joe has directed design and implementation for dozens of projects ranging from small to over a million dollars in design fees. He leads teams of two to ten designers as well as multi-disciplinary teams of economists, ecologists, engineers, artists, architects, and planners. His active clients include both public entities and developers with projects in over twenty states and seven countries. 

In 2010, Joe co-founded, a web-based platform dedicated to helping our towns, cities, and neighborhoods adapt, grow, and prosper. His work has been syndicated in publications such as Planning Magazine, Better! Cities and Towns, Planetizen, Sustainable Cities Collective and the Congress for New Urbanism. He has presented and lectured at the University of Notre Dame, at the Congress for New Urbanism, and American Planning Association National Conferences. He has juried design competitions for Pittsburgh’s Young Preservation Association and the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation.

Joe graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. While doing so, he contributed to the writing of Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design by Lee W. Waldrep (NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2006) and Como: la Modernit della Tradizione, edited by Samir Youn s and Ettore Maria Mazzola (Roma: Gangemi, 2003). He served as the Notre Dame chapter president of the A.I.A.S. and was the recipient of numerous awards for design and leadership.

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Urban Design Associates    Pittsburgh, PA    2005 to Present

Associate Principal
  • Lead design direction and design teams of two to ten designers with a focus on urban regeneration efforts in cities, towns, and neighborhoods
  • Projects range in size from small, infill projects to designing new precincts for thousands of residents to work, shop, learn, and play
  • Author of numerous pattern books, form-based codes, urban design plans, and public planning documents
  • Advise and lead entitlement, rezoning, and site plan approvals
  • Concept architecture for a range of building types including single-family attached and detached homes; apartment and condo buildings; mixed-use buildings; civic buildings; and commercial buildings
  • Infrastructure planning and transit and streets design
  • Have organized and lead on-site design charrettes in twenty states and seven countries
  • Clients include cities, economic development groups, developers, and corporations

Recent Recognition

  • 2012 Congress for New Urbanism Charter Award Honorable Mention for Revive Cincinnati
  • 2012 National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Agency Award for Design for Seaboard Square, Portsmouth, Virginia
  • 2011 American Institute of Architects Pittsburgh Regional and Urban Design Award for Revive Cincinnati
  • 2010 North American Home Builders (NAHB) Community of the Year for Daybreak, Utah
  • 2009 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Minnesota Honor Award for Planning for UMORE Park, Rosemont, Minnesota


University of Notre Dame    Notre Dame, IN    2000 to 2005

  • Degree: B-Arch
  • Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society
  • A.I.A.S. Notre Dame President
  • Alpha Rho Chi award for leadership, service, and merit (2005)
  • Chair, “Politics and Practice,” Midwestern A.I.A.S. Conference (2005)
  • Fagan Award for Excellence Research Grant Recipient (Spring 2004)


  • Waldrep, Lee W.  Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2006.
  • Como : The Modernity of Tradition. Edited by Samir Younés, Ettore Maria Mazzola.  Roma :  Gangemi,  2003.
  • Joseph Nickol and Atul Sharma. Founded 2010.

Professional affiliations

  • American Planning Association
  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • Congress for the New Urbanism
  • United States Green Building Council
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Juror for design competitions for the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation and the Young Preservation Association.

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