UrbanLab was cofounded by Martin Felsen and Sarah Dunn as a collaborative office practicing architecture and urban design. Our projects span scales, from large, urban proposals to small residential projects, to architecture installations. Our primary interest is in forward-looking projects that speculate on a more resilient and resourceful tomorrow.

UrbanLab brings creativity and collaboration to each design project. We view challenges as opportunities to create memorable buildings and places that are both beautiful and surprising. We routinely assemble talented multidisciplinary teams with the highest levels of expertise and experience to realize architectural and urban design projects. Our design process is characterized by deep inquiry and collaborative exchange; design work is informed by intensive research and an experimental approach. We strive to invent innovative, environmentally responsible design solutions and create spaces that establish healthy connections between people and their environments. Built work to date includes mixed-use commercial/residential buildings, houses, housing, restaurants, art/educational installations, and large resilient infrastructural projects + recreational landscapes.

UrbanLab’s architecture and urban design projects have won several awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Felsen and Dunn were recently honored as "Global Visionaries" by Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ), and have been featured on WBEZ on several occasions. In 2007 UrbanLab was named as the national winner of the History Channel’s “City of the Future” competition for a proposal titled “Growing Water.” UrbanLab won the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows Latrobe Prize in 2009. In 2010 UrbanLab was included in the Emerging Voices lecture series sponsored by the Architecture League. And UrbanLab exhibited work in the Venice Biennale in 2010 (Workshopping) and 2012 (Common Ground). Publications presenting Felsen and Dunn’s design and research work include Architectural Record, Architecture and the New York Times.


Martin + Sarah

Martin Felsen + Sarah Dunn