Founded in 2008.
"What have you seen or heard this week in architecture?" We start our weekly staff meetings with a reminder to engage with the world as we find inspiration in buildings and people.
Our process begins by listening to our clients, and exploring the site. Our favorite projects are the hard projects, the necessary ones. We seek committed clients and real boundaries. We have access to excellent partners for engineering, and we know the building codes.
What inspires us to take on a new project? Here are some of the things we look for:
- We love working with clients with clear vision and known needs.
- We promote mixed-use development and valuable use of land.
- We work for reclamation and redemption of empty spaces.
- Sustainability is a necessity. Material selections will be natural, non-toxic, local, and enduring.
- We understand daylighting. We’ll present efficient options for mechanical and electrical systems.
- We're inspired by the Raleigh community.
- We’re completely excited about innovation in materials, systems, and building strategies.
Whether the project is a restaurant in an abandoned warehouse or a church on a hill, or a combination of both with housing mixed in, we're ready to pursue it with you.
Meet The Team
Andrew Osterlund, AIA, CDT, LEED AP
Architect: North Carolina, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Tennessee (inactive), Georgia, Virginia, NCARB Certified.
Education: Virginia Tech, Bachelor of Architecture
Andrew has lived and worked in architecture in Raleigh since 1998, building and drawing from a broad base of project experience. His recent work on city-scale mixed-use developments has required extensive coordination and affinity among city, client, tenant, and technical demands. Team-oriented work sessions during design and construction have resulted in excellent built work, with amicable and profitable conclusions for all parties involved. Andrew has experience in all phases of architectural service, including feasibility studies, programming, design, systems coordination, construction documents production, specifications, multi-prime contracts, public bidding, field construction administration, and LEED certification.
Kristen Osterlund, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Architect: North Carolina, Maryland
Education: Virginia Tech, Bachelor of Architecture
Kristen began working in Raleigh in the field of architecture in 1998 and became licensed in 2005. She has experience in managing public and private projects through all phases of design and construction. Kristen builds a strong relationship with clients by maintaining open communication among team members, and she enjoys the challenge of combining a fresh creative approach for each project with the technical details of materials selection and building envelope design.
Ashley Sessoms, IIDA, NCIDQ
Education: Meredith College, Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
Ashley enjoys connecting with her clients in developing a vision for their space from the very beginning of each project. She uses her education, experience, and creativity to seamlessly blend color and material selection with the technical aspects of design to create a space that is both aesthetically pleasing and adheres to current code requirements. As a result, Ashley’s work revitalizes the spaces of our city for people to live, work, and play in a safe, healthy and beautiful interior environment.
Project Manager / Design Professional
Education: Winthrop University, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design; University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Master of Architecture
After Rebecca graduated with a degree in interior design, she wanted to learn more about how buildings are put together and affect people’s lives. Her architecture master’s degree combined with an interior design background has given her a well-rounded approach to Raleigh architecture as the city grows. She appreciates the challenge that constraints give to a project and enjoys being able to affect people’s lives on a very human level with her interior work and shape clubhouses, homes and other projects in a big-picture way as an architect.
Education: Jefferson University, Bachelor of Architecture
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Joe studied architecture at Jefferson University (previously known as Philadelphia University). While he was learning about the built environment in school, he gained valuable hands-on experience at a woodworking company and worked on projects ranging from restaurants and cafés to residential kitchens and bathrooms. As an aspiring architect, he is interested in creating architecture with all aspects of design in mind, from the big picture concept to the small details. He is eager to use the knowledge and skills he gained in and out of school in his future career.
Education: University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture
Chris grew up in Raleigh and got an early introduction to the architectural field working for the family HVAC company. He studied architecture at UNC Charlotte, where he was introduced to modern architecture. While in school, he held various construction jobs gaining experience in residential, commercial, and roadway construction. He is working toward architectural licensure and is interested in modern art, furniture design, and sustainable concrete.
Education: Florida State University, Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
Laura grew up in Panama City, Florida. While earning her degree, she developed a love for design as she learned how it impacts everyday life. She gained experience in both residential and commercial design during her time in Florida State's Interior Design program, and she is excited to grow as a Design Professional as she works toward licensure.
Education: Florida International University, Accelerated Masters of Architecture
Born and raised in Miami, Karina studied architecture in a five-year accelerated master's degree program at Florida International University but ultimately found her inspiration from Japanese architecture after studying abroad. She aspires to connect people to nature through architecture. After school and prior to joining Osterlund Architects, she designed and fabricated elevator interiors, gaining project design and construction experience. She is working toward licensure with the goal of creating humble yet thoughtful architecture.
Education: North Greenville University, Bachelor of Arts in Print Media
Jordan's background as a local reporter and a social media manager has taught her to communicate with people from all walks of life. She values the community that Raleigh offers and is enjoying her role in helping people make those connections.
Interior Design Intern
Education: Meredith College, studying Interior Design
Anna has loved all things design from a young age. She began studying Interior Design in fall 2018 at Meredith College and is excited to grow as a designer at Osterlund Architects. Anna is passionate about designing spaces that are functional and are being used to their full potential.
Hiring - Design Professional or Licensed Architect
We’re looking for someone with experience and interest in designing and managing public projects, minimum 3 years of experience, Revit-ready.