Culver City, CA
Honored with the AIA National Firm Award for 2015, Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects is a versatile practice that has earned an international reputation for design excellence and an exemplary professional culture. Founded in 1979 as a tiny residential studio, the Los Angeles-based firm is a 40 member team that has mastered building types ranging in scale from houses to courthouses, including libraries, university centers, corporate and government facilities. The firm has been recognized with eight other national AIA awards, the California Firm of the Year in 2003, and more than 150 other honors.
Led by Partners Steven Ehrlich, FAIA; Takashi Yanai, AIA; Mathew Chaney, AIA; Patricia Rhee, AIA and supported by 4 other Associate Principals and Associates, EYRC’s design philosophy starts with a profound respect for people and place. This humanistic approach, referred to as Multicultural Modernism, has permeated the firm’s culture since the beginning, informing every creation and every interaction.
The seeds of this philosophy were planted during founder Steven Ehrlich’s six-year work/travel sojourn in Africa in the 1970s. Serving in the Peace Corps in Morocco, traversing the Sahara and later teaching architecture in Northern Nigeria, he studied vernacular “architecture without architects,” formed by the constraints of site and climate and the inspiration of culture.
AIA 2015 President Elizabeth Chu Richter stated the following about EYRC’s design excellence:
“Justly acclaimed by the public and the firm’s professional peers for seamlessly weaving classic California modernist style with multicultural and vernacular design elements, creating something new, yet familiar to those communities served by their work.”
10865 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA, US , 90232