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.

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.

Welcome 2019!

It’s been a busy start to 2019, and it’s been a while since we’ve published a new post. One big project has been a series of walkthroughs for a new apartment building in Washington, DC. The videos are still on progress, but you can see them here on our vimeo page:
https://vimeo.com/album/5821784

The following are some recent work. We’ve had a good mix of project types and rendering styles, including a variety of restaurant retail, residential, multi-family residential, and commercial.


Summer 2018

It’s been a while, we need to return to updating the blog! There are a handful of projects to showcase here, some new and a few that are updates of earlier projects. Often, a project that comes into the office from an architectural firm will go through a design phase where the renderings are used to inform architectural decisions. Once the design is refined, that architect’s client will want a set of renderings with more “life” to them that can then be used for marketing. The first two projects shown were in the office earlier that came back to get populated with “entourage.” The following residential projects are a mix of styles and interior and exterior renderings.