URBAN ARCHITECTURE LAB
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.
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
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
2010 AIA / HUD Secretary’s Award
Creating Community Connection