Norfolk, VA – February 23, 2024 – Lawson is thrilled to announce the promotion of Austin Pittman to Director of Development. 

Pittman started his career at Lawson as an Assistant Multifamily Development Analyst in 2014. In the following decade he was promoted multiple times to Development Analyst, Financial Analyst, Development Manager, and now joins Lawson’s leadership team as Director of Development. 

“Austin’s dedication to the creation of quality affordable housing is admirable.” said Lawson CFO and acting VP of Development, Aaron Phipps. “His track record for developing winning strategies, collaborative problem-solving in all phases of the development process, and establishing critical partnerships has been key to the success of many of Lawson’s recent projects.” 

Pittman has contributed to the development of eleven stabilized LIHTC affordable multifamily communities totaling 1,022 units and is currently working on five LIHTC communities in development or under construction that will bring nearly 1,000 additional affordable units to Virginia families. 

Pittman has been an invited speaker and panelist at multiple industry conferences, was recognized as a 2023 Inside Business Top 40 Under Forty professional and received the Virginia Housing Alliance Emerging Leader Award in 2020. He holds a Housing Credit Certified Professional Certificate from the National Association of Home Builders and a B.S. in Business Administration from Old Dominion University. 

About Lawson 

At Lawson, we understand that what we do – and how we do it – affects the everyday lives of people we care about. For more than 50 years we’ve focused on positively impacting people, from team members and residents to investors and business partners. We manage and own approximately 4,800 apartment units and continue to grow with nearly 1,000 units in development. Our business model provides vertical integration of development, construction, property management and asset management, which enables our team of experts to add value at every stage for our partners. When you act with integrity, focus on quality and work to find creative solutions, great things are possible. It’s how we’ve done business at Lawson for 50 years. For more information, please visit