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Alumnus Steven Ehrlich Wins AIA National Award

Emily Klein
Jan 18, '15 12:01 AM EST

Steven Ehrlich ’68 and his firm Ehrlich Architects has been awarded the 2015 AIA Architecture Firm Award. This award is the highest honor the American Institute of Architects bestows on an architecture firm, and it recognizes a practice that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years.

Mr. Ehrlich will be honored at the May 14th-16th, AIA Convention meeting in Atlanta, GA. where former President William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton is scheduled to give the keynote address.
Mr. Ehrlich founded his firm in California in 1979, after he spent time in the Peace Corps working in Africa. There, he said, he gained an appreciation for simple, natural materials and local solutions to energy, sustainability and building performance challenges. He and the partners in his firm said they work as “architectural anthropologists,” exploring ancient traditions and using them in contemporary buildings to solve modern problems. Here you may find additional information about the AIA Firm Award and Mr. Ehrlich’s practice.

Mr. Ehrlich also is a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council, helping to guide the School of Architecture to new successes.

Prior winners of the AIA Architecture Firm Award include Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in 1994 and Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) in 1996 and 1962. Peter Bohlin ‘58, another alumnus and member of the Dean’s Leadership Council, is a founding partner in Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. SOM is our industry partner at CASE / Center for Architecture Science and Ecology program in downtown NYC.

Other winning firms since the inception of the award include:

I.M. Pei & Partners
Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott
Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates
Davis, Brody & Associates
Mitchell/Giurgola Architects
Hardy Lolzman Pfeiffer Associated
Gwathmey Siegal & Associates, Architects LLC
James Stewart Polshek and Partners
Murphy Jahn, Inc.
Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners
Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects, Inc.
Kieran Timberlake Associates LLP
Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects
Pugh + Scarpa
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects