Diana Osterfeld

Diana Osterfeld

New York, NY, US



I got into Architecture to make a difference in people's lives and to participate in good stewardship of the Earth's resources. I studied at UT Austin participating in in the first Solar Decathlon in DC where UT placed 3rd in design. In practice, I try to incorporate sustainable principles or materials whenever possible. I love to travel and see the world's diversity. When I slow down in my old age, I may take up painting, for I take hundreds of photographs today! The play of light in photography is what originally brought me to Architecture. To me, designing with spaces defined by light is one of the most interesting aspects of architecture.


Project Design:
 Drafting and development of Construction Documents, including field surveys
 Reviewing documents for ADA & Life Safety Requirements
 Writing and editing specifications and making material selections
 Large & Small-scale Presentations for Client, Historic Boards
 Review Engineer’s documents for consistency w/Design Intent
 Collaborating with Engineers and Clients to develop creative and efficient solutions

Construction Administration:
 Coordinating Contractors thru weekly meetings, phone conferences & emails
 Liaison with Clients, Consultants, and Regulatory Officials
 Creating and reviewing Punch lists
 Evaluating Product and Material substitutions and Process Change Orders
 Tracking FF&E (fixtures, furniture & equipment)
 Respond to Requests for Information (RFI)
 Review and certify Contractor's application for payment

Project Management:
 Preparation of Meeting Agendas & Minutes
 Internal coordination of files & documents
 Issue Architect's Supplemental Instructions (ASI)
 Select, manage, and coordinate Consultants
 Process Shop Drawings and Submittals
 Reviewing Invoices for submittal to Billing

 Preparing documentation for Contractor Bids & Submittals
 Tracking & managing Construction Costs
 Budget Comparison of different construction methods & insulation materials
 Perform value engineering of selected building elements


Hustvedt Cutler Architects, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Multi-Family, Inclusionary Housing: Zoning and Site analysis, Presentation, Schematic Design, CDs, Project Management and Construction Administration.

Mar 2012 - current

Rebecca Alston Inc, New York, NY, US, Designer /CAD Operator

High-end Residential: experience in CD's, Material Spec' ing, Project Management, Vendor & Sub coordination. Coordinating Contractors thru weekly meetings, phone conferences & emails and liaison between Clients, Consultants, and Regulatory Officials.

Designed complicated stair retrofit in Main Hall of 15,000 square foot home connecting existing salt box to new addition.

Jun 2008 - Feb 2012

Scott Mahaffey Architect, New York, NY, US, Designer/Project Manager

Multi-family Residential & Commercial: experience in Site Analysis and measurements, Schematic Design, Presentations including 3-D facade and interior modeling from plans and sketches, CD's, Material Specing, Project Management.

Jun 2004 - Mar 2008

DeVere Architecture, New York, NY, US, Designer/Project Manager

High-residential & commercial: experience in CD's, Material Specing, Project Management, Vendor & Sub coordination.

Jan 2007 - Dec 2007

Urban Architectural Initiatives, RA, PC, New York, NY, US, Designer, Cad Operator

Multi-Family, Low-income Housing and Senior Housing: site analysis & measurements, Schematic Design and CDs.

Aug 2006 - Dec 2006


The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US, MArch, 1st Professional

1st Professional Degree w/emphasis on Sustainability

Sep 2000 - Jun 2004

Austin Community College, Austin, TX, US, Engineering Design Graphics

AutoCad classes, Physics and Calculus for entry into UT Austin Architecture Program

Sep 1999 - Aug 2000

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, Bachelors, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography

Sep 1974 - Jun 1978


Solar Decathlon, 3rd Place

Part of the UT Team that won Third Place in Design.


Areas of Specialization