The Urbanworks Team

 MBA (focus in Real Estate Development), Georgia Institute of Technology  Ph.D. in Construction Management, Georgia Institute of Technology  Master of Architecture, National University of Iran  Member of Urban Land Institute (ULI)  LEED AP

MBA (focus in Real Estate Development), Georgia Institute of Technology

Ph.D. in Construction Management, Georgia Institute of Technology

Master of Architecture, National University of Iran

Member of Urban Land Institute (ULI)

LEED AP

Amirali Shakoorian

Amirali started his career as an architect, and over the last 18 years has worked as an architect, contractor, project manager, and real estate developer on projects encompassing a diverse blend of project types, clients, and challenges.

Prior to Urbanworks, Amirali worked at Aurora Development, a real estate development services company.  At Aurora, Amirali was in charge of overseeing entitlements, design, permitting, and construction of a number of different building types, including high-rise and low-rise residential and commercial offices, totaling more than 4 million square feet of space.  He managed projects in Los Angeles and later in San Francisco, where he established the firm’s Bay Area office. In addition to the implementation responsibilities at Aurora, he was one of the main principals in charge of establishing a new development division within the company, where he directly sourced and underwrote several multi-family and commercial office deals.

 Juris Doctor, University of California Hastings College of the Law  Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University  State Bar of California #291514  California Architects Board #31987  LEED AP

Juris Doctor, University of California Hastings College of the Law

Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University

State Bar of California #291514

California Architects Board #31987

LEED AP

Lelia Scheu

A licensed architect and an attorney, Lelia brings almost 20 years of experience in fields of architecture, construction, and law to Urbanworks. As an architect, Lelia worked on projects of various scales and complexities for private and institutional clients. As an attorney, Lelia has experience on both plaintiff and developer sides of construction litigation. During law school, she focused on Real Estate matters and Community Economic Development and externed at the Real Property/Housing Court of the San Francisco Superior Court.

At Urbanworks, in addition to dealing with legal, property, and compliance issues, Lelia searches out and performs the initial evaluation of development projects and assists the project management team.

 Bachelor of Science (Environmental Studies), University of California at Santa Barbara  Continuing Education in Environmental Planning and Natural Resources Management, University of California at Davis  Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Accredited Green Roof Professional  Member of San Francisco Planning + Urban Research (SPUR)  LEED AP

Bachelor of Science (Environmental Studies), University of California at Santa Barbara

Continuing Education in Environmental Planning and Natural Resources Management, University of California at Davis

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Accredited Green Roof Professional

Member of San Francisco Planning + Urban Research (SPUR)

LEED AP

Brent Schroeder

Brent Schroeder brings 13 years of work in public and private sector environmental and urban planning to Urbanworks.  He is an experienced strategist who understands the issues that intersect urban development and socio-environmental concerns.

With core skills in community development, public outreach, environmental impact analysis, and green building, Brent understands how issues raised at preliminary stages of a project can color and influence the final form and function of a project.  Brent joined Urbanworks to focus his career on “place-making” – envisioning, designing and delivering inspired projects that preserve and enhance the local community.

 
 
 MBA, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business  Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering), The Cooper Union  Engineer in Training (EIT)  LEED AP

MBA, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering), The Cooper Union

Engineer in Training (EIT)

LEED AP

Sangmin "Sang" Lee

Sang has spent the first decade of his career wearing a number of different hats across the US, including working as an estimator and a superintendent in NYC for two of the largest international general contractors, managing and developing senior housing communities in 12 states, and overseeing a portfolio of commercial real estate loans throughout the West Coast. This enables him to see issues from multiple points of view and come up with creative solutions.

An art enthusiast with a background in engineering, Sang hopes to bring to life projects that are efficient and functional while aesthetically bold and tasteful at the same time.

 

 
 
 Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Rutgers University  Master of Architecture, Florida A&M University  California Licensed General Contractor: CSLB #1040821

Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Rutgers University

Master of Architecture, Florida A&M University

California Licensed General Contractor: CSLB #1040821

Benjamin Hale

Ben joined Urbanworks’ San Francisco team with the desire to integrate thoughtful, high-quality design into urban living and work spaces. Over the past decade, Ben has worked in real estate design and development, including financial analysis, architectural design, entitlement, construction, and purchase and sale of both residential and commercial properties. His work includes ground-up and rehab projects in Miami, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco.

This diverse experience allows him to anticipate and address obstacles during all stages of a project. Outside of the office, Ben enjoys cycling some of the country’s best scenery.

 
 
 Bachelor of Arts (Communications), University of California at Davis

Bachelor of Arts (Communications), University of California at Davis

Dana Axelsen

Dana moved to Los Angeles from the San Francisco Bay Area after receiving her degree in Communications, and quickly found that construction and development were something of a passion. Previous experience as an architectural office manager meant she was well-prepared when she took on an administrative role at Urbanworks. Dana enjoys being able to see a project progress from inception to move-in. She quickly grasps problems and efficiently solves the minute to the substantial, and her ability to retain facts helps her both in the office and at trivia night.

 
 
 

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