COLAB was established in 1994 as a collaborative studio between architects and designers from four other disciplines who believe that a multi-disciplinary approach to challenging projects inspires innovation and lasting design solutions. Without sacrificing efficiency or style, COLAB uses the discipline and depth of architectural practices to provide hierarchy when including other creative talents. As a result, COLAB designers have arrived at a unique methodology for producing projects in a more comprehensive fashion. COLAB also collaborates closely with our clients. With the capability to visualize a project from simple sketches to detailed 3-D digital simulations, COLAB gives clients the ability to see alternatives quickly and efficiency. Ultimately, our goal is to achieve an original solution to match our client’s specific needs. We believe that open dialogue between client and designer result in design solutions that have more depth, sophistication and beauty.
With the formation of three studios focusing on separate areas of design, COLAB maintains an agenda to produce a variety of design work, with emphasis in the fields of architecture, interior design, urban design, and entertainment based architecture and branding. Whether big or small, COLAB projects have a specific mark – collaborative, innovative, efficient and lasting.
Mark A. Engberg, AIA, LEED AP
Founding Principal, Mark Engberg’s 26 years of experience in the design profession support the notion that COLAB Architecture + Urban Design, LLC is exceptionally qualified to continue diverse design work in the fields of urban design, architecture and branding. He was the recipient of the 1987 Boston Society of Architects sponsored Rotch Traveling Scholarship, which afforded him the opportunity to study urban architecture and high density residential architecture in fourteen countries from Great Britain to New Zealand. He received his Architecture and Urban Design master’s degree in 1989 from Columbia University in New York City and has spent much of his career working on large-scale architecture projects. He has worked on projects in New York City, Chicago, San Diego, Los Angeles, Portland and Dubai that include Chicago’s Central Station, LA’s Union Station redevelopment plan Brooklyn’s Metro Tech, Portland’s Block 177, San Diego’s Ball park District and Dubai’s Port Rashid along with the Jumeriah Beach Redevelopment.
In 1994 Engberg established COLAB Architecture + Urban Design in Portland with the notion of diversifying the scope of the firm’s design. The founding principal was: “Design Everything”. As principal and lead designer of the firm, he has produced architectural designs for clients such as Disney, ABC Television, Dubai Holdings and Nike. COLAB recently designed a new retail and entertainment project in Dubai and has completed master plans for new residential mixed-use developments in Cairo. Engberg’s design work has been recognized in publications and through awards, including awards form the Portland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for Tube and Hub Optics. His residential work has recently been published in a book about northwest regional design.
Principal, David Gabriel’s 15 years of experience are characterized by successful designs that span a broad spectrum of project types and scales. Mr. Gabriel received his master’s degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, where his thesis focused on a critical approach to public space within multi-modal centers. Gabriel went on to work for small design firms on projects ranging from private residences and summer camps to student unions and campus master plans. The success of these projects earned several local and national design awards, and shared one common element: an intense and sensitive focus on the integration of site, climate and context.
Mr. Gabriel moved to Portland after finishing his travels that were the result of being awarded the Rotch Traveling Scholarship, a prestigious award given by the Boston Society of Architects. Since joining COLAB, Gabriel has worked as a project designer and manager for several large scale urban projects and high-rise structures in the U.A.E and Egypt. The urban projects have included ferry passenger terminals, marina support towers, yacht clubs and multi-use urban environments. He has also designed and managed retail hospitality projects for both local and national brands, such as the Ferrari store and showroom in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is currently assisting Oregon College of Art and Craft realize the first studio buildings of their 10 year master plan. Mr. Gabriel has also taught in the architecture departments of Portland State University and the graduate program at the University of Oregon.