Founder & Chairman of the Board, UPB group
Uldis Pīlēns is the Chairman of the Council and founder of UPB group, as well as a recognised architect and entrepreneur. He has studied architecture at Riga Polytechnical Institute, afterwards — at Bauhaus University, Weimar. He has been the head of the Latvian Centre for Design, held the position of Chief Architect of the City of Liepāja for five years, state agent and Deputy Chairman of the Council of AS “Latvenergo”, as well as one of the founders of Liepāja Special Economic Zone (LSEZ). Under the leadership of U. Pīlēns, UPB group has been operating both in Latvian and foreign markets for over 26 years, implementing innovative projects, and currently UPB employs more than 1500 specialists by combining 40 enterprises and production units. UPB group has proven that a small architect bureau can grow into an internationally important multi-sector group of companies. Success of UPB is based on the synergy among the group companies, innovative approach, integration, and quality. The main fields of activity are: engineering, architecture, production of construction materials, construction, power engineering, mechanical engineering, and construction of complex turnkey projects. In 2007, UPB Energy group was established, consisting of companies in Switzerland (UPB AS GmbH), Germany (UPB GmbH), and Latvia (SIA “UPB Energy”), operating in the field of design, production, installation and service of cogeneration stations, as well as developing large, complex turnkey projects in the power engineering sector.
UPB group has been twice awarded with the Ruban d’Honneur prize (in 2015 and 2011) and has received a medal in the international competition “European Business Awards” among more than 15 000 enterprises. In 2017 UPB has received recognition as a construction company with the best reputation in Latvia as well as the best employer in construction industry of Latvia. The group of companies also includes enterprises in Latvia, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, United Kingdom, Belarus, Norway.