Urban Idea Lab

Our vision

Every project brings an opportunity for a meaningful experience. Our approach is people-centric; every project should bring delight to and serve its users. We view each place in context; no matter how small, it is a catalyst for positive change to its surrounding environment. The key to a successful project is a strong multi-disciplinary collaboration from project inception, to develop innovative solutions. Each project must meet the objectives of city and community building and achieve urban design excellence.

Meet our team

Our team of Boston-based urban designers and architects have extensive experience in transportation infrastructure architecture and transit-oriented development projects across the country. They bring that expertise to their work on roadways, bridges, and public transportation projects.

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Etty Padmodipoetro, AIA


Etty Padmodipoetro founded Urban Idea Lab in 2013 – focusing on Infrastructure, Urban Design, Planning, Architecture, Sustainability, Community Engagement, and Public Arts. She has extensive experience in the development of infrastructure architecture, public transport, bridges, accessibility, and the integration of public arts. She works closely with community groups, stakeholders, and in multi-disciplinary teams to develop consensus-based solutions.


Etty Padmodipoetro focuses her work on the importance of integrating public spaces in every aspect of infrastructure design. As an architect and urban designer, she seeks to incorporate a sense of play and joy into the projects. She strives to find the balance between the often large-scale transportation infrastructure and the surrounding communities and neighborhoods. She believes that the key to success is establishing a strong collaboration and working closely with the communities and other stakeholders, from project inception to completion.