URBAN ARCHITECTURE LAB

 

COMPANY PROFILE
 

Urban Architecture Lab (formerly PSL Architects) is a full service architecture design firm with a strong understanding of the project development process and our clients' needs. Our project experience includes master planning, adaptive-reuse, mixed-use, transit oriented development, multifamily apartments, and commercial retail.

Specializing in urban infill projects, Urban Architecture Lab is regarded for our strength in design, development, entitlement and the approval process. We strive to develop creative solutions that simultaneously consider program, market, code, and context to provide sensitive and environmentally conscious design solutions that connect people and communities together. Through a collaborative process with our clients, consultants, and governing bodies, we synthesize the objectives, opportunities and challenges to develop successful places that enrich communities. Our goal is to create innovative design solutions that exceed our client's expectations and become integrated assets in the community.

 

PEOPLE

RICHARD SOLARES | Principal / Founder

Richard Solares is the principal and founder of Urban Architecture Lab, with over twenty years of experience in design, construction and development of myriad projects encompassing: commercial, mixed-use, single and multi-family residential, hospitality and institutional. Having expertise on both the ownership and consultant sides, Solares takes the lead in managing the process from entitlements through completion on: redevelopment, urban infill and adaptive reuse projects, working closely with developers, community groups, the City of Los Angeles, the Mayor's office, Central Redevelopment Agency, LA Housing Department, LA Building Department and multiple council offices.

Prior to forming Urban Architecture Lab, Solares served as Director of Architecture for multi-disciplinary design firm, Archeon International Group. Solares and team focused on design and development of affordable and market-rate housing throughout Southern California.

Prior to Archeon, Solares served as Manager of Design and Construction in the hotel division of multi-family residential and hotel development company, The KOR Group.  The Viceroy Hotels in Santa Monica and Palm Springs were his primary projects.

Prior to KOR Group, Solares served as both Designer or Project Manager on various projects at both Rios Associates and Gould Evans Associates. Solares holds a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Design from Arizona State University.

NEIL SILBERSTEIN | Principal

Neil Silberstein is an award winning project architect with over 20-years of local and international experience in architectural design, project management, and construction administration. As a LEED AP licensed architect Neil understands the importance of creating sustainable projects that meet the unique requirements from the client, community, and end users.

Prior to co-forming Urban Architecture Lab, Neil was Associate Vice President and Senior Project Architect at JERDE, an internationally renowned architectural design firm where he managed and collaborated on several award winning built and published projects including:  Kuntsevo Plaza mixed-use project in Moscow, China Overseas Unipark mixed-use center and office tower in Jinan, Daegu Retail project in South Korea, and City of Dreams Hotel Resort in Macau.  Neil’s prior roles include: Designer at Hodgetts + Fung for The Hollywood Bowl, Gershwin Gallery at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Architect / Project Manager at Marmol Radziner on several custom and residential development projects. 

Neil holds a Master of Architecture with a Minor in Real Estate Development from UCLA where he was awarded best thesis for his work on mixed-use development.  Neil also received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a Minor in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska.  He has been a Registered Architect in the State of California since 2005.  Neil is a LEED Building Design and Construction Accredited Professional dedicated to the integration of sustainable design concepts in the work of Urban Architecture Lab.

 

AWARDS & ACCREDITATION 

Cabrillo Gateway
Long Beach, CA

2016 LEED Platinum

2114 Long Beach Apartments
Long Beach, CA

2015 LEED Gold

LAS ALTURAS APARTMENTS
Los Angeles, CA

2015 LEED Gold

THE SERRANO APARTMENTS
Los Angeles, CA

2014 LEED Platinum

THE GORDON APARTMENT HOMES
Los Angeles, CA

2013 LEED Gold

5555 HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD
Los Angeles, CA

2013 LEED Platinum

NORMANDIE TERRACE APARTMENTS
Los Angeles, CA

2013 LEED Platinum

LONG BEACH & BURNETT APARTMENTS
Long Beach, CA

Southern California Associate of Governments (SCAG)

2011 Compass Blueprint Award - Nominee Recognition

2011 Gold Nugget Award of Merit

Best Affordable Project – 30 du/Acre or More

ARBOR LOFTS
Lancaster, CA

2010 AIA / HUD Secretary’s Award

Creating Community Connection