about

Urbain DRC is a design/research collaborative focused on the future of architecture, the city, and the environment.

We lead a question-based firm.  That is, we start with a complex problem and pursue solutions through multiple means and disciplines, navigating architecture, product and installation design, planning, and business development. Our projects are driven by clients' questions and needs; we also initiate them ourselves.  Whatever the source or means, we explore the intersection of technology, ecology, and culture, in search of regenerative solutions to the modern built environment.

At Urbain DRC, we are engaging critical issues such as net-plus housing, large-scale land-use planning, global overfishing, and general consumer apathy toward sustainable products. We seek a built environment that is equitable and productive for all people and species, balancing aesthetics, profitability, and responsible material sourcing. Each project we engage seeks to push these issues forward, our key tools being experimentation, iteration, and a passion for getting one step closer to an equitable world.


CONTRIBUTORS

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Jack Cochran is Co-Founder and Principal of Urbain DRC and Adjunct Faculty at the Boston Architectural College at and Wentworth Institute of Technology. He received his Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning degrees from the University of Virginia, and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. While in graduate school he conducted research on sustainable urban metabolisms, edited U.Va.'s student design journal, Lunch, and founded a local community-supported fishery, Cville CSF.

Eric Chapman is Chief Scientist at Urbain DRC. He is a broadly trained research scientist with particular focus on systems ecology and climate change. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in genetics and prior to obtaining his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in ecology, he worked for several years in the biotechnology field working on therapies for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and urological disorders. As a Ph.D. student at ASU, he prioritized scientific outreach and engaging students of all ages. 

Carl Koepcke is a design instructor at the Boston Architectural College and Co-Founder and Principal of Urbain DRC. His work focuses on the convergence of technology, art, and architecture. Carl received his Master in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. His work has been featured in multiple design exhibitions at Harvard University and in multiple publications by ACTAR, Archdaily, and the Creators Project.


CLIENTS

2839 Group, Inc., Minneapolis

Iconic Energy Consulting (for Harvard University)

Knockdown Center, Queens

Minneapolis Convention Center/
City of Minneapolis

Runcible Studios, Cambridge, MA

Southern Development, Charlottesville

Teduh Hostel, Jakarta

Virginia Aquafarmers Network, Charlottesville

past collaborators

Bradley Cantrell 

Marc D'Amore

Caleb Dean

Doug Dickerson

Alex Haecker

Silas Haslam

Drew Kleiner

Artem Melikyan

Marilyn Moedinger

Marshall Prado

Allen Sayegh

Mia Scharphie

Yuichiro Takeuchi

Ziyi Zhang