Laguna Beach, CA, US



We believe in truly custom design. A client may come to us with a very specfic set of requirements and yet they still require a vision. We derive this vision by paying special attention to the client’s unstated needs. In many ways this is an intuitive approach, and it involves intense coordination with the client. The result is a tailored space that provides a uniquely comfortable environment.

In residences, we attempt to remove excess complexity from the space because our ideal home is a calming place. People live hectic lives and our homes should be enclaves where we can escape the daily race and be at peace with our true selves. In public spaces, there must be durability and value commenserate with the amount and type of use. The details are very important. We prefer natural circulation cues for navigation rather than reliance on disconnected signage. Defining the character of a space is a complex process in which the legibility of design is very important.

In all designs, the site provides a paramount context from which to begin. We study foreground and background vernacular, sun and wind patterns, social conditions, and more to discover a design that truly fits into its context.



Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects, Culver City, CA, US, Designer

Oct 2000 - Jul 2001

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), New York, NY, US, Architect

Dec 1997 - May 2000


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1997 - Dec 1997

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