Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design (LAIAD)

Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design (LAIAD)

Los Angeles, CA


LAIAD Fall 2021 Lecture - Steven Ehrlich 'Outside-In'

By Ceesay
Nov 5, '21 11:46 AM EST

Join us Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 7pm PT for our virtual Fall Lecture. Register:
Steven Ehrlich is Founding Partner of Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, recipient of the 2015 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Firm Award. The jury recognized the firm for “fluidly melding classic California Modernist style with multicultural and vernacular design elements by including marginalized design languages and traditions.” The practice’s signature approach known as “Multicultural Modernism” creates meaningful architecture through environmentally conscious designs, cultural meaning and advances in technology and materials.

Ehrlich, a self-proclaimed “architectural anthropologist,” learned early on the significance of architecture’s response to the culture and to the environment. Upon graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Ehrlich spent six years in the 1970s living and working in Africa, serving for two years with the Peace Corps as their first architect in Marrakech, Morocco; he later traveled across the Sahara and taught architecture at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. The wisdom of indigenous building—architecture without architects—was instrumental in forming Ehrlich’s approach to design and continues to influence the firm’s work today.  Now joined by three partners with diverse personal backgrounds and experiences, EYRC is a vibrant collaborative practice committed to creating architecture that is globally relevant.

In addition to the Firm Award, the widely published practice counts nine national AIA design awards to its credit, and Steven Ehrlich is a recipient of the AIA California’s prestigious Maybeck Award for outstanding lifelong achievement in architectural design as well as the 2015 AIALA Gold Medal Award. He has lectured and taught as a visiting professor both nationally and abroad, and has intermittently taught at USC for over 35 years.