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Urban Pioneering Architecture, DPC

New York City, New York, New York

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‘20 Certificate of Excellence, 2020


URBAN PIONEERING is an architecture and interiors firm driven by the collaborative process between client and architect. Our integrative approach creates inspiring contextual environments that reflect a client's goals and budget. We specialize in building a sense of place through research and materiality with an emphasis on construction, detail and sustainability.

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10 customer reviews

7 March 2019

I took over the reno for my mother's townhouse and hired Jim through a referral from a work colleague.  Jim and his wife are a great pair, super professional, and they did amazing work.  He made sure that it was a place my mom would adore, and that would fit my family as well when it gets passed down to us.  Highly recommended. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

30 January 2019

Jim brings his unique talent and background to Brownstone living. If you are serious about not only living in a newly renovated home, but a healthy home, call Jim.

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2 October 2018

A pleasure to work with from start to finish. Great communications. They really helped me get my project done on time and most importantly on budget!

Reviewed on Google Maps

28 January 2015

Jim is a talented architect and a trusted resource in the renovation process. We reached out to Jim when we were considering a bid on our current home. We knew that it would need a comprehensive renovation, so before making a bid we needed to take that into account. Without being a client of his, Jim took the time out to meet with us and provide his thoughts on scope and pricing, which allowed us to move quickly on the bid and ultimately close on the house. We engaged Jim for the project and found his work to be detailed and thorough, and always open to our feedback on the design and budget. Jim also works with a number of contractors, which made the bid process for the renovation work a straightforward process. He guided us on that decision as well. In the end, we are so pleased with how our house has turned out, and while a renovation is never without its ups and downs, we were able to rely on Jim throughout. More...

Reviewed on Houzz

3 March 2014

Sarah Hill is an extremely creative, resourceful and responsive interior designer. She gets your taste. One instance -- I had a beautiful old Chinese lantern and rather than buying a new silk Italian replica, she recommended and found a specialty lamp shade maker who electrified the lantern and inserted a silk cylindrical shade, It is gorgeous and means a lot to me as I love antiques. She also finds fantastic fabrics that surprise you and works well with upholsterers and carpenters. Whether you know your taste or not, she is a great sounding board, open to trying different materials and exploring different options. I love slate floors and mine in the kitchen was getting really worn. She found a mineral tile that had all the richness and natural look of slate yet is durable and looks great. She also found a countertop that transformed the kitchen and is skilled at working with what you have and love and integrating it with other elements that make the room work. She has great taste and knows every resource. And if she doesn't she'll find it. And she is a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend her. Tammy Sachs More...

Reviewed on Houzz

8 February 2014

From our first meeting, it was clear that Jim would put his all into our job. Throughout a long design and build time frame he never flagged.

I'm sure we weren't the easiest clients--- lots of opinions, evolving needs, impatient with delays, heavily involved. His good humor and steady guidance under pressure were greatly appreciated.

Renovating any 120 year old building is full of surprises--- our project certainly had its share of twists and turns. JIm anticipated many potential problems and the issues he couldn't have seen coming, he handled admirably. One example— during he course of construction Jim discovered a potentially unsafe structural condition that could have cost a fortune to correct if the most obvious solution were pursued. Instead, he and his engineering team came up with a brilliantly simple alternate approach that corrected the irregularity for a marginal cost.

Jim was able to work well with the tradesman, insisting on professionalism without getting into ego games, confident in his knowledge and still open to alternate solutions. He is thoroughly versed in the intricacies of the applicable building codes, skilled in the various crafts, resourceful and professional. What was most gratifying is that he clearly took a personal stake in the success of the project. Late hours, early mornings, many site visits and trips to the D.O.B.; without his dedication, we would not have the home we have today.

Reviewed on Houzz

25 September 2010

We found Jim Hill and Urban Pioneering off Freelancer's Union website in 2007 and after interviewing a few people I chose him for an apartment reno and was so glad I did. He is intelligent, conscientious an has a fine aesthetic sense. He is also scrupulous with structural details. He was fair in his pricing and actually charged me less than our contract when he did less. The job came out well and Jim was a pleasure to work with at all moments. I highly recommend him. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

17 December 2009

"I own a two-family, semi-detached brick home in Brooklyn with a walk-in tenant apt on the ground level and an elevated main level of approximately 850 sf. Space was tight for the four of us so the task for Urban was to add another level (raising the roof) with a rear cantilever design to gain another 1100 sf on the new level - in essence, more than doubling our current living space. I am extremely pleased with the final plans that also included a main level redesign. I enjoyed working with Urban and found them to be very professional, excellent listeners with very sensible and creative ideas. They were prompt and complete. I LOVE the design!" More...

Reviewed on HomeAdvisor

3 December 2008

I found "Urban" to be very professional,and prompt he kept to a time schedule which is so important. Most of all he listened to what I was saying about sq' footage, time line, and cost effective options. It's been a pleasure to work with Jim H of Urban. More...

Reviewed on HomeAdvisor

6 February 2007

Jim Hill, owner of Urban Pioneering was a pleasure to work with. He was always the professional and his services were reasonably scoped and priced. As business professionals ourselves, we appreciated the time he took to scope out the project and project plan and were impressed with his ability to stay and operate within both the scope of the project and it's schedule. We will definitely be calling upon Urban Pioneering for our future home projects. More...

Reviewed on HomeAdvisor