Top 40 Under 40: Ty Osbaugh

Ty Osbaugh, AIA, LEED AP, is an emerging leader of Gensler’s global aviation and transportation practice. He has worked on airport design projects on four continents and was a pivotal member of the recently completed Chennai International Airport in Chennai, India. Although his work spans the globe the backbone of his portfolio is in major airport projects in the United States, including JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at JFK International Airport. Since completing Terminal 5, Osbaugh continues to work with JetBlue on numerous projects in the United States, implementing security and brand standards that improve the passenger experience.

And he loves what he does. “This is an industry that students think involves such a daunting building program and as a result very few come out of school and say this is what I want to do,” says Osbaugh, director of Aviation at Gensler. “But once you do one [airport project], you kind of understand that every part is about design.”

He says the most challenging part of these projects involves the public perception of what the project is going to provide for their city. “Like it or not airports have a civic identity; and people love it or hate it,” he explains. “But the most gratifying part for me is delivering a product where the client and the community, are happy with the project.”

Osbaugh is a member of the ACC’s AYP group, bridging younger and older generations in mentorship opportunities. At Gensler, he is one of the firm’s next generation leaders and someone who is sought out to guide others on leadership and project management.

Osbaugh brings great technical insight to each of his projects. He has built a reputation as a leader of complex and large consulting teams. He knows how to organize teams for the greatest efficiency while focusing on flawless execution. He gained much of his initial technical expertise while working with the TSA to develop the initial post 9/11 security guidelines for a new terminal at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. “The happiest part for me on any project is seeing the team gel and younger staff grow into new roles on our team,” Osbaugh says.