Who are we?

At Urban Design Group we understand that buildings and their surrounding environments are an integral part of this new economy. As sustainable architects, we are responsible for restoring and enhancing the current state of the built environment. Our approach goes beyond reducing the negative impacts of construction. We design concentrated developments to promote urbanism, public life, and shared use of resources. We seek to create buildings that produce, rather than consume energy. Our projects contribute to additional green space and improve air quality.

 

Our main objective is to design buildings and the surrounding environment to enhance the quality of life and respect the ecosystem. UDG’s ecological design philosophy is evident in our work. We recognize that our design principle guides our mission for achieving sustainability, innovation, civic responsibility. We recognize that each project has a unique “ecosystem,” yet we strive to integrate project objectives within broader social and environmental missions. The people of UDG are dedicated to the mission of transforming the urban fabric into a healthy and sustainable world.

Services

Urban Design Group, LLC (UDG) is committed to reducing the ecological footprint while creating an environment of sustainable buildings. Our architecture intends to stimulate and inspire society to reflect and renew its commitment to the environment. It is the driving force behind our design endeavors. UDG affects our society not only through our architecture, but with proactive civic engagement and professional leadership.

  • Site Analysis & Selection

 

  • Solar Modeling & Analysis

 

  • As-Builts

 

  • Master Planning

  • Adaptive Reuse

 

  • Zoning Appeals

 

  • 3D Modeling

 

  • Code Consulting

 

  • Programming & Pre-Design

 

  • Conceptual & Preliminary Design

 

  • Design Development

 

  • Construction Documentation

 

  • Cost Estimation

 

  • Permit Expediting Services

 

  • Historic Tax Credits

 

  • LEED Design & Consulting

 

  • Public & DRC Presentations

 

  • Construction Administration

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Michael Burton

PRESIDENT + PRINCIPAL

architecture, architectural design, multi-family, apartments, amazon, warehouse design, industrial architects, historic preservation

AIA, NCARB, LEED GA

LICENSED IN MARYLAND, DC, VIRGINIA, RHODE ISLAND, PENNSYLVANIA

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE, VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ARCHITECTURE, TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

 

As the founding Principal and President of Urban Design Group, Michael Burton has created UDG with a distinctive and innovative look at architecture from the ground up. Mike fills multiple roles, from concept to management, with his over twenty years of experience in multi-family and commercial design, historic preservation, land-use, and urban planning. Active in the revitalization of Baltimore he has been the Principal over historic renovations and full-block infill developments around the city.

 

Currently, Mike is an active board member for Historic Federal Hill Main Street as the Design Chair. He also sits on the steering committee for the Baltimore Development Workgroup (BDW).

 

Born into a family of builders and architects that have worked in the Baltimore area for five generations. He is a true Baltimorean, and he cares deeply for his city. Mike’s love for the city is the driving force behind his passion for architecture and the way it is connected to the history and revitalization of the community.  

 

When Mike is not at work, he can be found investigating Baltimore’s culinary scene with his wife, Kumiko, and his loyal sidekick/dog, Mozart.

Mike Burton - President