Ethos Collaborative

Thoughtful Design Partners for More Resilient, Sustainable Communities

Our Story

Design Philosophy

Ethos Collaborative provides civil & ecological engineering design and consulting services to address a wide range of green infrastructure, water resources, and social needs within the urban environment. We strive to differentiate ourselves from traditional engineering firms by staying focused on the social, environmental, and economic aspects of design, the triple bottom line of sustainability.

The core competencies of Ethos Collaborative lie at the nexus of Water, Energy, Climate, and Community. We recognize that these factors are intertwined from a physical perspective – in particular in the context of urban infrastructure management. However, they are also incredibly pertinent to the well-being of human condition and this, in turn, strongly influences our overall design approach.


Design Services

Water and Ecology

Ethos Collaborative offers a wide range of water resources and ecological engineering services including green infrastructure design, stormwater master planning, water policy advising, hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) analysis, watershed management, wet weather CSO/SSO remediation, stream and habitat restoration, and GIS and hydroinformatics.    

Energy and Climate

Ethos offers holistic insight into the long-term economic and environmental costs and benefits of site-related infrastructure, institutional operations, and regional community patterns. Energy-related services provided by Ethos include regional energy baseline analysis, energy efficiency planning, sustainability analysis, life cycle assessments, climate change mitigation and adaptation consulting.

Resilient Site Design

Our approach to design is to provide context-sensitive, regenerative and community-focused solutions. We offer site design, planning, landscape architecture, 3D and graphic rendering, net zero water design, land development and environmental permitting.

Urban Agriculture

Food is, and always has been, an essential focal point of human life. It is therefore no surprise that urban agriculture is becoming increasing popular for reasons relating to health, nutrition, environmental stewardship and for strengthening communities and local economies. Ethos provides numerous services related to urban agriculture, including site feasibility assessment, water harvesting and irrigation design, site, greenhouse and compost facilities design, permaculture consulting, and regulatory permitting.

GIS and Intelligent Cities

Ethos is a non-traditional design firm, both in our business model and in the innovative tools we use to provide added value to our customers. Specifically, we believe in the importance of collecting, maintaining, analyzing, visualizing and sharing data, as it relates to the built environment. Our design toolbox includes knowledge of web and mobile application design, real-time sensing and performance monitoring, geographic information systems (GIS), data visualization, machine learning, and artificial intelligence methodologies. We are actively seeking research partners for data sharing initiatives.

Outreach and Grants

Outreach, education and grant-writing are critical to the planning and execution of resilient and community-oriented site design solutions. Ethos offers grant writing support, including preparation of plans, details, graphical renderings, analyses and cost estimates. We have experience organizing and facilitating community visioning events, design charrettes, workshops and training related to resilient site and green infrastructure design, policy and maintenance.


Matt Zambelli, RLA

Matt Zambelli, RLA

Pittsburgh Office
Project Landscape Architect

As a landscape architect the opportunity to weave sustainable stormwater management into both existing and proposed projects offers an opportunity to introduce additional function ...Read More

Elizabeth Glowczewski, EIT

Elizabeth Glowczewski, EIT

Pittsburgh Office
Project Civil Engineer

My personal and professional passion intersect at the implementation of green infrastructure in urban areas. I enjoy creating opportunities for others to connect with nature, so I ...Read More

Sagar Kamath, EIT

Sagar Kamath, EIT

Pittsburgh Office
Associate Civil Engineer

Sagar started at Ethos Collaborative in 2018 as an intern and has remained with the company where he is now working as a Graduate Engineer. At Ethos, Sagar has worked on numerous l...Read More

Barton Kirk, PE

Barton Kirk, PE

Pittsburgh Office
Principal / Senior Ecological Engineer

For more than two decades I have dedicated my academic and professional career to researching, planning, designing, building, monitoring, and communicating on green infrastructure ...Read More

Damon Weiss, PE

Damon Weiss, PE

Pittsburgh Office
Principal / Senior Civil Engineer

Over my career as a Professional Engineer, I have had an unusually broad exposure to various disciplines, having worked as a structural, municipal, site design, and transportation ...Read More

News And Events

Ethos Announces New Webpage Launch

Ethos Announces New Webpage Launch

We are very excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website. After some hard work and dedication by Ethos staff and leadership, we are delighted to officially announce the launch on July 9, 2021. We wanted to make the new website faster, easier to...

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