Testimonials

Villa Castellamonte

Villa Castellamonte

We met Eric Urbahn in a casual situation but were immediately impressed with his visionary approach to architecture, particularly as practised in the Caribbean where materials are different and climate requires a whole new attention to detail.  We were vacationing in the Dominican Republic at the time and were contemplating developing a high end vacation home for our extended family.  With Eric's guidance we were able to take this rather typical idea and turn it into a truly idyllic vacation retreat we now call Villa Castellamonte.

Eric listened to what we had in mind for our home and was able to rapidly grasp those elements we truly desired while completing those we hadn't thought of as yet.  His ability to listen to ideas and convert them into highly accurate pencil renderings and then on to architectural blueprints is a true godsend.  He worked tirelessly with us on details large and small to ensure we understood and agreed with how the plans were developed.

Eric worked enthusiastically with our builder to help resolve all those little issues that always pop up between architecture and construction.  He is creative, incisive and truly a joy to work with on such a project. We highly recommend him to anyone!  The results speak for themselves, our luxury vacation home has won many accolades from home magazines, travel magazines, travel writers and was even highlighted on MSNBC's "On the Money".  Most of all, our family truly loves the house...the greatest accolade of all.

Regards, 
Jason R. Matthews, owner
Villa Castellamonte
http://www.villacastellamonte.com
The Dominican Republic’s Most Exclusive Luxury Vacation Rental

Villa Lazy Heart

Villa Castellamonte

Real estate purchases are commonly long processes.  Pros and cons, location, and a thousand other factors commonly draw out the decision process for weeks.   We have been in real estate for 30 years and we rely on this process just as countless others do.  It is a process that is needed.  Never buy on impulse.
Lazy Heart, designed by architect-owner Eric Urbahn for himself, had us in about 30 seconds.  From the moment we walked through the arched entrance our process began to break down.  The soft green lawn disappears magically into the gentle ocean waves.    The unique layout sets this luxurious Caribbean masterpiece sprawling along the property's 10 acres.  Eric Urbahn’s use of space and sight lines assure that there is not an inch of this property where you cannot see and hear the ocean.   His choice of design and materials combine beachfront luxury with a warm Caribbean rustic feel.
Eric Urbahn’s masterpiece has been used by the likes of Abercrombie and Fitch offering stunning backdrops to their catalogs. 
We highly recommend Eric Urbahn.  Eric’s sense of design, knowledge of materials, and deserved reputation are unparalleled.

Ian Shopsis
General Manager, Caribbean Vacation Properties
Owners Villa Lazy Heart
Orchid Bay, Dominican Republic

International School of Sosua

International School of Sosua

Our entire school community feels extremely fortunate to have benefited from the vision, support and architectural talents of Eric Urbahn. Throughout a variety of design projects at International School of Sosua, Eric has been consistently delightful and easy to work with, listening patiently to our needs, raw ideas, and vision, and gently nurturing us through the development process to ensure that our vision is realized in the design of our campus, that continuity is maintained with existing structures, and that our project is accomplished within budget.

His ability to explain architectural concepts and principles have led us to expand our vision and make more informed decisions with regard to positioning of structures, utilizing existing natural elements, and the possibilities of landscaping to enhance our environment. We feel that Eric has taken our ideas and successfully converted them into functional and efficient learning spaces that optimize space, wind flow, and lighting – thereby improving the learning environment for all our children. International School of Sosua is an extremely satisfied client of Eric Urbahn. Come take a look at us!

Craig Selig
Director
International School of Sosua

Hacienda Verde

Hacienda Verde

Hacienda Verde, our beautiful 200 acre farm, rests in the last mountain range behind the seaside village of Cabrera. To say this  verdant piece of landpresented a challenge is a bit of an understatement.

Originally, it was little more than a cow path on a precarious ledge .  This was part of its exceptional charm.  One saw only luxurious stretches of dips and hills, and royal palms and mangos all the way to  the clear  ocean view.

Eric Urbahn, an architect of unparalleled  understanding of land and sea, connected to our farm’s virtues and challenges, in a way that very few would even begin to see.  Working with the land’s stresses and orientation to the wind, the Villa was superbly positioned  and built.   Not least was his reverence and ability to translate our input,  which reflected our lifestyle and  philosophy. 
Eric  Urbahn  brings Architecture to a true exalted height. As an artist,  and a sailor, he covers the foundation  for building on land and sea and anything  in between. For this reason among many he is THE architect for exquisite natural  locations, with an exceptional eye for beauty, detail, focus, and most of all function.

Sincerely,
Iris and Hymie Gitelman, Hacienda Verde