MArch, Columbia University
BA Architecture, Columbia University
Sarah Dunn and Martin Felsen founded UrbanLab, an architecture and urban design firm, in 2000. UrbanLab's current architecture projects include single and multi-family houses and renovations, conversions of industrial buildings into live + workspace lofts, restaurants, and museum installations. Urban design projects include a master plan for the downtown redevelopment of the City of Aurora, Illinois.
UrbanLab is also a research laboratory actively engaged in examining the City and Chicago megalopolis. "Chil.us" examines Chicago's status as a global city. On the website, www.chil.us, the current condition of the Chicago Megalopolis is revealed with maps, diagrams and statistics. The project charts comparative states of Chicago's land use, growth, population densities, energy/natural resources, infrastructural networks, and economic/leisure activities. The research project is an effort to document a broad informational context for those currently working on and/or thinking about the design and planning of Chicago.
UrbanLab's recent work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Chicago Architectural Club, I-Space, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts. UrbanLab was named the 2003 winner of the Emerging Visions Competition sponsored by the American Institute of Architects and the Chicago Architecture Club.
Prior to founding UrbanLab, Dunn worked as a project architect/leader for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam on large-scale public and private projects including the McCormick Tribune Campus Center at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL; master plan and headquarters building for Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal City, CA; and Togok Headquarters for Samsung, Seoul, Korea.