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 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.



Phillip Trigas has over 25 years experience in the architectural profession, beginning with his architectural apprenticeship, and includes working in the various building and construction trades. His experience ranges from single and multifamily housing; commercial and mixed use developments; Civic and Institutional projects; to Interior Design and Master Planning. Phill's retail project experience includes built designs for modern fashion and lifestyle brands such as Kitson and BCBG. His work has won national awards for design, and has appeared in numerous publications. In 2009 he was appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles to Los Angeles Planning Commission and in 2008 appointed by Council Woman Janice Hahn to the Community Redevelopment Agency’s Pacific Corridor Community Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining Urban Architecture Lab Phil was a Senior Architect/Designer at RTK Architects in Los Angeles. During his 15+ years with RTK Phill has designed several award winning projects including the Malibu Lumber Yard, Venice House and CMACA Public & Civic Design awards. Prior to RTK Architects, Phillip was a Designer at Architeckton. Phil has also been a speaker, moderator and critic at several ULI events, Design Expo events and USC/Woodbury studios.

Phil holds a Master of Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Arizona. He has been a Registered Architect in the State of California since 2000.