Umbrella brings together the work and resources of utopiad and Berry and Linné. Umbrella gathers the significant experience and expertise of our practices to form a collective team with the capabilities to take on an array of sustainable urban design, planning, landscape architecture, and architecture projects.
Our core team of Daveed Kapoor and Rob Berry has been involved in a range of public space projects in Southern California, including two of the first parklets built in Los Angeles and the development of the People St program with LADOT.
Daveed Kapoor is principal of utopiad.org. He has practiced architecture, development, and construction in Los Angeles since 2000 and has completed over 100 commissions in California. In 2005, he founded utopiad, a land development, placemaking, and architecture collective focused on creating space that improves the quality of people’s lives. Utopiad has designed, permitted, and constructed multiple housing, hospitality, live/work, and manufacturing places in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and San Francisco. He commutes by foot or bicycle and is a transit advocate that has implemented bus stops, bike lanes, bus-only lines, parklets, and pedestrian upgrades. Daveed serves on the steering committees of Los Angeles Walks and the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park. utopiad.org
Rob Berry is principal of Berry and Linné, an architecture practice based in Los Angeles, and Lecturer at the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California. Rob’s professional work focuses on projects for the public realm. Recent work includes: People St, the new City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation program for parklets and plazas; Pop Rack, a custom bicycle rack for the Modesto Art Museum in Modesto, California; and Todos Juntos, a new public plaza and art installation at the Benjamin Franklin Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library in Boyle Heights. At USC, Rob teaches design studios and materials courses in both the undergraduate and graduate architecture programs. Since 2013, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, serving as Vice-President of Development in 2014 and 2015. berryandlinne.com