Orban Design

Providing the highest quality architectural rendering for Charlottesville and beyond.

year in review – 2021

Despite the pandemic, the pace of construction and design seems to continue unabated, thankfully one of the bright spots of the economy. As folks are using their homes much more, I have also found an increase in the number of inquiries for design services for renovations and new construction. My proportion of work between 3D renderings and permit drawings has noticeably shifted towards the latter compared to previous years.

Many of the projects that I prepare drawings for I also have the opportunity to prepare 3D models of the architecture to assist with making design decisions and to understand the 2D drawings. The following images are projects where I also prepared working drawings up to permit/ pricing sets for my clients.

Other work shown below are renderings for various clients: owners; builders; real estate agents; developers. I am pleased with the relationships I have developed and maintained over the years, and here’s to many more exciting projects in the new year.

Highlight on architectural services

The original intent of this space was to create a portfolio of my work as well as discuss computer 3D rendering. I have found from off-line inquiries that this focus has hidden the other aspect of my business — traditional architectural services primarily focused on residential new home construction and renovations. I welcome inquiries for any type of residential project, whether it’s a porch addition or a completely new home. I have over 20 years of experience in residential design and planning and I would be very happy for the opportunity to prepare your house plans. I’ve written up a bit more on my “About” page if you’d like to read about my range of services.

The following images are of a typical renovation project by Orban Design. The request was to design a covered section over a patio to mitigate the intense summer sun. I worked with the client using 3D tools extensively to compose the design as well as to work out the details and the material options. Then, I prepared a set of construction drawings, allowing the owner to request multiple builder quotes to find the best match for quality and price. The final images show the completed project. I’m pleased with how accurately the 3D studies were able to convey the proposed design.

apartment kitchen interior

Welcome 2021

With so much pandemic related and political turmoil, it’s hard to fully attend to business matters. I hope everyone is prioritizing their community and loved ones. Updating my portfolio blog has been quite low on my priority list, but after discovering a recent hack of this site and working with my host to restore it, I realized I have quite a backlog of work I want to display here. I’ve had a very productive year in 2020 but that came at the cost of not having a chance to take my typical summer family vacations.

Below are some of the rendering projects I had a chance to work on over the past year (plus a fun personal project I accomplished.) I’ve also seen the completion of a number of residential projects for which I prepared the drawings. I have the privilege of working with a number of local builders in assisting their clients with architectural drafting and design. I’ve also worked directly with clients to provide architectural services to draw up their plans for pricing and construction. Thank you to everyone who has given a positive referral of my work.

3D Virtual Tours for marketing

2020 has brought many significant challenges, some of which Orban Design is well-prepared to help our clients overcome. Providing virtual walk-throughs of your project is a great way to keep ahead of the market and bring in interest and commitments. Take a look at the examples in this Vimeo folder of a set of virtual tours for an apartment building that is currently under construction. The developer will use these walkthroughs, as well as interior 360 panoramic renderings to showcase the project to prospective tenants.

Adios 2019!

It’s been an intense year, with a number of architectural projects to counterbalance the regular slate of 3D modeling and rendering work at Orban Design. Below is a sampling of various projects from the latter part of the year.