Patricia Saldaña Natke is Featured in CAF’s “Questions for an Architect”

By | April 6, 2017 | Publications | No Comments

Pat VM Skylight BUZZPatricia Saldaña Natke, UrbanWorks’ Design Principal, was featured as part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s ongoing series, “Questions for an Architect” on February 28, 2017. The article, which originally ran in the Winter/Spring CAF Member Magazine, highlights Pat’s accomplishments with UrbanWorks and answers a series of interview questions ranging from her future goals, to her favorite buildings, to her thoughts on Chicago’s built environment challenges.

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UrbanWorks Published in “New American Architecture, Global Design + Urbanism XVI” Book

By | February 9, 2017 | Publications | No Comments

New American Architecture BUZZ2UrbanWorks’ Galewood Elementary School is now featured in the book “New American Architecture, Global Design + Urbanism XVI”. The 130 cutting edge new works of architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture reveal new design directions by some of today’s foremost practitioners.  Featured works include new skyscrapers, mid-rise housing, museums, cultural institutions, performing art centers, libraries, colleges and schools, affordable housing, private residences, and interiors.

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Trianon Lofts Groundbreaking Ceremony and Press

By | July 21, 2016 | Milestones, Publications, Staff Happenings | No Comments

TrianonGroundbreakUrbanWorks, POAH, and the Joseph J. Duffy Co. held a groundbreaking ceremony for Trianon Lofts on July 21, 2016. This four-story, $12.8 million mixed-use development located in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood, will include 24 market-rate apartments, sitting atop 7,000 square feet of commercial space currently rented out by Lela’s Land of Learning Child Care Center. Above the first floor’s storefront glazing, a subtly patterned rainscreen-clad façade, inspired by the traditional masonry buildings typical of the area, will harmonize with its surroundings while offering a brightly contemporary look for its occupants.

Construction is estimated to be completed in September, 2017.

The project has also been featured in recent articles in Chicago Tribune and DNAinfo.

Concordia Day Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Press

By | August 2, 2016 | Milestones, Projects, Publications | No Comments

Concordia BUZZUrbanWorks’ design for Concordia Day Ravenswood was unveiled today at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the 6,000 square foot childcare center. Located in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood, the market-rate center intends to use its net revenue to underwrite subsidized programs at its other locations. Design features include classrooms that mimic a field of daisies, low height partitions between learning spaces, and acoustic ceiling panels which provide acoustical control between spaces as well referencing the petals of a flower.

The project has also been featured in recent articles in The Chicago Sun Times as well as Crain’s Chicago Business.

Trianon Lofts Featured in DNA Info Chicago

By | February 26, 2016 | Publications | No Comments

POAHUrbanWorks is the architect of the 24 unit Trianon Lofts for The Preservation of Affordable Housing. With an anticipating occupancy of late spring of 2017, the project includes 7,000 feet of retail on the ground floor and an articulated rainscreen-clad façade inspired by the traditional masonry buildings typical of the area. The result is a frankly efficient building whose mass and materials harmonize with its surroundings while its details offer a brightly contemporary look for its occupants.

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UrbanWorks wins a 2015 ALA Merit Award

By | November 6, 2015 | Awards, Publications | No Comments

OCCH HomeSlideUrbanWorks received a 2015 ALA Merit Award in the Unbuilt category for the our work on the Old Cook County Hospital Adaptive Reuse project. All award winners are featured in the winter issue of Licensed Architect magazine. This is our firms sixth ALA Award including Gold Medal Design Awards for Textile Center and Galewood Elementary School, and Merit Awards for La Casa Student Housing, Park Boulevard Mixed-Income Housing, and Veterans Memorial Campus at Archer Heights.

See our Buzz post from October 7, 2014 for more project details.

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UrbanWorks Featured in “New Chicago Architecture” Exhibit

By | December 18, 2015 | Exhibits, Publications | No Comments

New Chicago ArchitectureTwo UrbanWorks projects, La Casa Student Housing and Galewood Elementary School, were featured in the exhibition “New Chicago Architecture” curated by the Chicago Athenaeum. The week-long exhibition was attended by several thousands of people in Chicago, before traveling to Milan and Athens. This survey of New Chicago Architecture, featuring over 100 architecture practices – local, national, and international, offers new insight to the contemporary direction of Chicago Architecture today, highlighting the ambitions, challenges, and possibilities which are fueling the architecture profession. An accompanying book, “New Chicago Architecture” will be published in February 2016.

The Chicago Athenaeum is an International Museum of Architecture and Design dedicated to the Art of Design. The exhibition took place from November 12-17, 2015 and was located at 332 S. Michigan, Chicago, Illinois.

Patricia Saldaña Natke Interviewed on Spanish Public Radio’s “Chicago Voices”

By | | 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, Publications, Staff Happenings | No Comments

SPRFlatLogoUrbanWorks Principal, Patricia Saldaña Natke, was interviewed on Spanish Public Radio’s “Chicago Voices” regarding the state of architecture and how the Chicago Architecture Biennial is facilitating the potential for a democratic exposure of world class art and architecture to Chicago’s residents. The firm’s award winning designs in Chicago’s Latino communities were highlighted in the discussion. The “Chicago Voices” program aired on November 15, 2015. Spanish Public Radio’s mission is to cultivate and sustain the Spanish-speaking community through a multi-media platform broadcast through the Internet. SPR broadcasts a highly relevant news, music, arts, culture, financial, and educational content in Spanish. Patricia was interviewed by Vincent Paglione, Executive board member of SPR.

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La Casa Featured as Part of Driehaus Profile

By | November 15, 2015 | Awards, Publications | No Comments

CF034460UrbanWorks’ La Casa Student Housing project was featured as part of a Chicago Architect Magazine profile on the work and legacy of Richard H. Driehaus, the recipient of the 2015 AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award. Driehaus, a philanthropist known for his work in historic preservation as well as promoting quality design for underserved communities, has shown his support for “projects that make ‘a significant contribution to the social, visual and cultural life of their neighborhoods through quality of design’” through competitions and awards such as the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design. This award is given annually to three projects located in the Chicago-area, and UrbanWorks has received a First Place Award for our work on Veterans Memorial Campus at Archer Heights in 2011, and most recently for La Casa Student Housing in 2013.

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Park Boulevard Residential Development in “Barra Funda”

By | June 24, 2015 | Publications | No Comments

StatewayPark Boulevard Residential Development featured in Barra Funda em três tempos (Brazil) as an example of successful mixed income housing. Book Design by Marta and Marcelo Aflalo of Univers Design, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Aflalo, M. (2014). Barra Funda em três tempos (1st ed., pp. 114-115). Sao Paulo: Paralaxe Editora.