In more than 30 years of practicing architecture with his Los Angeles, California-based firm, Steven Ehrlich, the 2nd lecturer in the series, has evolved a signature global design philosophy called Multicultural Modernism, which seeks to create sustainable buildings that are infused with cultural meaning and rooted in the specificities of site, while embracing new technologies with environmental sensitivity.
Multicultural Modernism was kindled in the seventies when Ehrlich practiced and taught architecture in Africa during a six-year post-university sojourn that included work as a Peace Corps architect in Morocco and a professor of architecture in Nigeria.
As Design Principal of the firm, Ehrlich Architects has won eight National AIA Design Awards and was named 2003 Firm of the Year by the AIA California Council. Ehrlich was also named the 2011 Maybeck Award recipient by the California AIA that recognizes outstanding achievement in architectural design.
Recent commissions include: the John M. Roll U.S. Courthouse in Yuma, Arizona; the LEED Gold 294,000-sf School of Earth & Space Exploration for Arizona State University; LEED Platinum Residence Halls for Pomona College; the 65,000-sf University of California Irvine New Contemporary Arts Center; and numerous single family homes in California, Texas and the Middle East. The firm also won the international design competition for the new Federal National Council Parliament complex for the United Arab Emirates.
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