About Urbana

URBANA can and will help you realize your vision. No matter the size of the project, from small upfits, residential renovations, to full turn key commercial buildings, or planning for large tracts of land fully utilizing and maximizing all of its potential. URBANA is here to work with you and for you to make the vision become reality. Our goal is to make you, the client, successful, by working directly and closely with you, being proactive with our communications, understanding your needs, offering suggestions and solutions, providing you with ideas, asking the right questions, and collaborating with the client to make the vision a success.  URBANA was born of a long time friendship and working relationship between the companies of Babak Emadi Urban Design and Jonathan W. Bahr, ARCHITECT.  In 2001, URBANA was formally introduced to the world, the natural culmination from years of collaboration on successful projects and business ventures.


Multi Family Communities, Apartment Communities, Condominiums, Live - Work, Mixed Use Buildings, Senior Communities, Independent / Assistive Living, Adaptive Reuse, Townhomes, Master Planning, Land Planning, Architectural Design / Documentation, Office Buildings, Retail, Restaurant, Educational, Religious, Civic, Warehouse, Distribution, Residential,  Sustainable Design, Feasibility Studies, Rehab, Urban Infill, Urban Planning, Space Planning, Interior Design, Design Build, Rezoning, Design Development, Project / Construction Admin

Jonathan Bahr principal and founding partner of Urbana
Jonathan has gained experience over the last twenty-four years in the fields of architecture and planning. His daily challenges revolve around the implementation of project designs from construction documents through field observations. As a hands-on member of the firm, each client benefits from his direct contact and experience.  Mr. Bahr is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, College of Architecture.

Babak Emadi principal and founding partner of Urbana
Babak believes passionately in aesthetic design and the creative process. From quarter acre urban sites to +1000 acre rural green field sites, his hands-on approach ensures that each project is uniquely conceived and nurtured through its completion. With twenty years of experience, he has designed and master planned more than fifty residential, commercial and mixed use projects. Mr. Emadi has successfully handled many rezonings, variances, conditional and special use plans. Mr. Emadi has voluntarily led neighborhood interest groups through challenging development opportunities. He has also partnered with developers to successfully negotiate with communities, to the best interest of all parties. Mr. Emadi is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, College of Architecture.

James Zink project and senior CAD associate
Since 1999 James has been as integral member of the URBANA team. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as well as an Associates of Applied Science in Architectural Technology from Central Piedmont Community College.

Abbey Smith interior designer and CAD associate

Donna Goff office manager