Jason Austin is a LEED Accredited professional architect and urban designer, who received his professional degree in Architecture from Cornell University, where he was awarded a Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Silver Medal for his undergraduate thesis. He also attended University of Pennsylvania where he received his Masters of Landscape Architecture.
In 2007, he co-founded the multi-disciplinary design firm Austin + Mergold with colleague Aleksandr Mergold to pursue residential, commercial, landscape and urban design projects. His professional design and construction experiences include the offices of SOM in New York, Atkin Olshin Schade Architects in Philadelphia, and Lettermen Inc., a development company in Carlisle, PA.
Austin is a firm believer in sustainable, context-driven design and its application to the twinned economic and ecological crises that we face today. His work has been published in The New York Times, The Architect’s Newspaper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Inhabitat, the Cornell Journal and Resource. He is a recipient of the AIA Philadelphia Emerging Architecture Award (2012), the Philadelphia Community Design Collaborative Award (2012), The Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers (2010) and the Design Excellence Award from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (2006).