2020 Tau Sigma Delta Silver Medal Award Lecture:

Lorcan O’Herlihy | LOHA

Date: October 30, 2020
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: Virtual
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Lorcan O’Herlihy: Architecture Is a Social Act

In his lecture “Architecture Is a Social Act,” Lorcan O'Herlihy, FAIA, will emphasize architecture’s essential role as a catalyst for change.  It’s no longer about simply designing buildings as isolated objects, but instead, about meeting head-on the forces that are shaping our world. The lecture will address how O’Herlihy’s firm, LOHA, uses architecture as a tool for engaging in politics, economics, aesthetics and smart growth by promoting social equity, human interaction, and cultural evolution. He will introduce a number of his projects that underscore the direct connection between the development of consciously designed buildings and wider efforts to tackle issues that are relevant in a rapidly changing world. Since founding his firm LOHA in 1994, O'Herlihy has built more than 90 projects across three continents, and has been published in more than 20 countries. His commitment to design excellence in commercial, educational, and residential projects earned him a nomination to the Academy of Arts and Letters, and over 100 national and international design awards, including the AIA CC Distinguished Practice Award, AIA Los Angeles Firm of the Year Award, and in 2018 was awarded the status of #1 Design Firm in the US by Architect Magazine. O’Herlihy is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California, and serves on the Board of Directors of Storefront for Art and Architecture. He is a licensed architect in California, Michigan, Florida, and North Carolina and is a GSA Design Excellence Program Peer.

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Lorcan O'Herlihy