Paul Udris and Mark Burgess, the driving forces behind U+B, founded their firm in 2003 to elevate expectations of what a commercial architecture firm can do.

Of course, we provide the exceptional design that you expect from an award-winning design firm. But we also think broadly about strategies to improve the environments you work in, and we solve problems – before, after, and beyond architecture.

We can help you navigate the often daunting design and construction process by:

  • Leveraging our diverse design experience, from commercial to educational to hospitality, to find unique solutions that defy categorization.
  • Stepping back from the immediate design question to consider all dimensions of the issue – from programming to phasing to financing.
  • Digging deeper, through a highly collaborative design process, into your problems and aspirations to find unexpected solutions.
  • Maximizing the value of your investment by challenging assumptions about design, materials and the construction process.

We work as your advocate every step of the way – during site selection, lease negotiations, or simply brainstorming a future project. It’s never too early in the process to meet with us, and our initial consultation is always free.

Learn how U+B can transform your design challenges into elegant solutions. Contact Mark or Paul directly at or, or at 612.870.2538.


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Mark Burgess, Principal
Paul Udris, Principal
Edie Sebesta, Senior Associate