The Dallas Architecture Forum Presents
Award-Winning Architect and Affordable Housing Design Expert
Wednesday, 11 April 2018
At the Magnolia Theater, West Village
The Dallas Architecture Forum is pleased to continue its 2017-2018 lecture season with award-winning architect Lorcan O’Herlihy, Principal of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects in Los Angeles.
Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA is one of our country’s leading architects focused on creating and improving the quality and availability of affordable community housing. In over two decades in practice, O’Herlihy and his firm Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA) have amassed a significant body of work and have been published in over 20 countries. His commitment to design excellence in commercial, educational, and residential projects has earned over 100 national and local design awards, including the 2010 AIA Los Angeles Firm of the Year Award.
Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA] engages the ever-changing complexities of the urban landscape. With a conscious understanding that architecture operates within a layered context of political, developmental, environmental, and social structures, LOHA seeks to elevate the human condition via the built environment. The firm’s design methodology, Amplified Urbanism, is informed by the desire to create fluid interaction between public and private spaces, emphasize social and civic connections, and harness existing infrastructural and ecological patterns to cultivate vibrant communities. Based out of studios in Los Angeles and Detroit, LOHA has built over 85 projects across three continents, delivering diverse work ranging from art galleries, bus shelters, and large-scale neighborhood plans, to large mixed-use developments and university residential complexes.
As founder and principal of LOHA, Lorcan O’Herlihy seeks opportunities to engage the ever-changing complexities of the urban landscape while embracing architecture as a catalyst of change. Since LOHA’s inception in 1994, these urban and social concerns have been paired with an interest in artistry. Lorcan spent his formative years working in New York and Paris on the Grand Louvre Museum as a designer at I.M. Pei Partners. The experience working on a project that harmoniously coupled art and architecture was paramount to his design philosophy and instilled a passion for aesthetic improvisation and composition. In addition, O’Herlihy has also worked as a painter, sculptor, and furniture maker.
O’Herlihy has taught and lectured extensively over the last decade, including at the Architectural Association in London, Southern California Institute of Architecture [SCI-Arc], Cranbrook Academy of Art, Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, Pratt Institute, and the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California.
“As Dallas seeks to address the increasing challenges of affordable housing for our residents, we believe that Lorcan O’Herlihy will share important insights regarding how affordable housing can obtain community engagement, be economically feasible and create outstanding design for neighborhoods. Using the successful case studies O’Herlihy has achieved in the Los Angeles area, he will show how his bold and inventive designs create public space and bring a sense of community into the city while improving the quality of life for our residents,” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly. “We believe Mr. O’Herlihy’s lecture is especially timely and of importance to North Texas, and encourage attendance from city leaders, industry professionals, and the general public who want to make our communities better places for everyone.”
O’Herlihy will speak on Wednesday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m., with check-in and reception at 6:15 p.m., at the Magnolia Theater in the West Village.
The lecture will occur at 7 p.m. on April 11 with a complimentary reception beginning at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 per lecture for general admission and $5 for students (with ID). Tickets can be purchased at the door before the lecture. No reservations are needed to attend Forum lectures. Dallas Architecture Forum members receive free admission to all regular Forum lectures as a benefit of membership, and AIA members can earn one hour of CE credit for each lecture. For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, visit www.dallasarchitectureforum.
Season Benefactors for the Dallas Architecture Forum’s 2017-2018 Season are Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty – Faisal Halum Group, D Home | D Magazine and Maharger Development – Reggie Graham. Series Benefactors are ALA, bodron + fruit, Corgan, DLR Group/Staffelbach, HKS, Jackson Walker LLP, Janet + Terry Kafka, Scott + Cooner and SMINK. Lecture Benefactor for this lecture is Emily Summers Design Associates. Reception Underwriters are Diana + Frank Aldridge and Bernbaum/Magadini. This is the Forum’s Annual Bob James Memorial Lecture, presented with support from the Dallas Center for Architecture Foundation in memory of the architectural legacy of Bob James.
PRINCIPAL, LORCAN O’HERLIHY ARCHITECTS
11 April 2018
Wednesday, 7:00 pm
Reception and check-in 6:15 from 6:15–6:55
Magnolia Theater, West Village
Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA is one of our country’s leading architects focused on creating and improving the quality and availability of affordable community housing. In over two decades in practice, O’Herlihy and his firm Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA) have amassed a significant body of work and have been published in over 20 countries. Early in his career The Architectural League of New York selected Lorcan O’Herlihy as one of its Emerging Voices. His commitment to design excellence in commercial, educational, and residential projects has earned over 100 national and local design awards, including the 2010 AIA Los Angeles Firm of the Year Award.
Among his many honored projects are community housing projects Formosa 1140, Mariposa 1038, and Cloverdale 749; the Disney Digital Studios; Sunset/La Cienega; and the restoration of iconic architectural photographer Julius Shulman’s residence (recognized as an Architectural Record House of the Year). His recently published monograph Amplified Urbanism enumerates many of the guiding innovative principles he brings to his body of work. O’Herlihy was nominated for the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture, a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, and the 2017 Marcus Prize in Architecture. His studio’s work has been widely published including in Architectural Record (cover), Architect, Interior Design (Best of Year Award), Wired, Wallpaper, and numerous times in The Architect’s Newspaper. The firm is ranked No.5 on Architect’s 2017 list of top Design Firms in the country.
O’Herlihy spent his formative years working at I.M. Pei Partners in New York and Paris on the addition to the Grand Louvre Museum. The experience working on a project that harmoniously coupled art and architecture was paramount to his design philosophy and instilled a passion for aesthetic improvisation and composition. In addition, O’Herlihy has also worked as a painter, sculptor, and furniture maker. The breadth of good design at all scales is successfully incorporated as a foundation of his firm. O’Herlihy has taught and lectured extensively throughout his career at notable institutions including the Architectural Association; UCLA; SCI-Arc, Cranbrook; Columbia University, Pratt Institute; Carnegie Mellon; and the National Building Museum. Currently, Lorcan is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California, and he serves as a GSA Design Excellence Program Peer.
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