UBURO is a design collective focusing on public art, small scale installations, furniture, and objects. Based in Los Angeles, California, and Tucson, Arizona, we work collaboratively to create and build unique design projects.
UBURO's work is characterized by improvisation, unintuitive techniques, and ulterior motives. Our design revolves around rigorous experimentation directly with medium and process, probing material behavior and fabrication techniques for design possibilities. We believe that objects need not be opulent nor grandiose to create the sensuous qualities that engender great design. We seek felicitous solutions to design problems, both abruptly direct but deceptively auspicious.
Sheehan Wachter is a founding member of UBURO, he graduated from the University of Arizona College of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Planning with a Bachelors of Architecture.
At The University of Arizona he worked as a researcher in the materials laboratory, developing methods and technology for 3D concrete printing. Early in his career he worked for Aranda/Lasch Architects, an award winning design practice specializing in digital design, with offices in New York and Tucson, on the development and fabrication of architectural installations, furniture design, and public art.
His work has been published in number of academic papers and articles, and he has authored articles on digital design published in peer reviewed architectural journals and conference proceedings.
He teaches advanced techniques in digital design and 3D modeling at the University of Arizona, and has lead a number of seminars and workshops on the subject.
Sheehan currently lives and works in Tucson, Arizona.
Cruz Crawford is a founding Member of UBURO, he graduated from The University of Arizona’s College of Architecture in Tucson, with a Bachelor's of Architecture, receiving the Wiliam G. Urie award, Faculty Commendation, and an AIA Design Excellence award.
During his time at the University of Arizona, Cruz taught several workshops in advanced digital and parametric design and also served as a monitor in the materials laboratory. Upon graduating he was awarded a Sustainability and Research Fellowship at Eskew + Dumez + Ripple, an AIA award winning firm located in New Orleans. Cruz subsequently moved to Los Angeles where he began work as a design architect at X-TEN Architecture, a firm specializing in custom residential, cultural, institutional and commercial buildings.
Additional to his professional practice Cruz has also participated and placed in several international design competitions and had his work published in peer reviewed architectural journals.
Cruz currently lives and works in Los Angeles.