sonder (n.) the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.

It's simple; great design rocks! At SONDER architecture + design, our mission is to serve our local Pittsburgh community and national airport concessions by generating fun, creative, and forward thinking solutions to the architecture and design projects in which we have the privilege of being engaged. We work with you and your team to develop your vision into a built reality that people can experience and enjoy. From interior renovation and fit-outs to brand new construction, we guide you through all phases of the design and construction process. We simply love this stuff!

“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”

Joseph Campbell

Nathaniel Orr

Principal Architect/Owner of SONDER architecture & design, LLC

Born and reared in Pittsburgh, PA, Nathaniel Orr graduated Cum Laude from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University school of Architecture & Urban Studies in 2006 (ranked #1 Undergraduate Architecture School in the nation in 2007 by Design Intelligence). In his 4th year of  undergraduate studies, he was invited to be one of only 30 selected students from his class to participate in the Design Travel Program. During this opportunity, Nathaniel traveled and lived in 68 cities throughout Europe and South America, studying architecture, drawing, photography, and design. 

Upon graduating from Virginia Tech, his love for the outdoors and fly-fishing drew him to Montana, where he accepted a position as an apprentice architect at a mid-sized architecture and engineering firm.

In 2009 he relocated back to Pittsburgh, PA after accepting a position at an award-winning architecture practice where he thrived as a lead designer and project manager in general commercial & hospitality projects.

During his twelve years of post-graduate experience as a designer, and eventually a Registered Architect and firm owner, Nathaniel has been a Lead Designer and Project Architect of multiple award-winning projects.  His expertise includes hospitality & restaurant design, general commercial, high-end fashion retail, contemporary residential, and airport concession projects.


Chris Bonadio

Project Architect/Partner at SONDER architecture & design, LLC

After growing up in Pittsburgh, PA, Chris Bonadio set off for Ohio to study architecture at Kent State University.  The college of Architecture & Environmental Design's rich history helped shape him into a well rounded architect studied in design, theory, practice management, and construction administration.  Chris graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor's and Master's degree of architecture.

During his 3rd year, he lived and studied abroad in Florence, Italy at the school's historic Palazzo dei Cerchi studio.  During which, he was able to travel through Italy and western Europe.

After school, Chris moved back to Pittsburgh to start his professional career in his home town.  He has worked at various firms as a designer and project manager, allowing him to develop his expertise as a multi-faceted architect capable of design, project management, and construction administration.  In his time working in Pittsburgh, he is proud to have been a key contributor to a variety of projects built around the city. 

Chris joined Sonder specializing in general commercial, retail, restaurant, multi-family housing, and residential Design.