From residences to public and institutional architecture, Steven Ehrlich, FAIA has produced a range of distinctive buildings that have earned him recognition among colleagues and the AIA California Council, which has awarded him with the 2011 Maybeck Award. According to AIACC this award honors “outstanding achievement in architectural design as expressed in a body of work produced by an individual architect over an extended career”. The honor of Maybeck Award is not granted annually. The last recipient was in 2007. It is distinctive from the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Firm Award, recognizing the individual’s contribution to the practice of Architecture. It was established in 1992, and Steven Ehrlich, principal and founder of Ehrlich Architecture located in Culver City, California, is the 14th recipient of this award.
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Ehrlich describes his design philosophy as Multicultural Modernism; this has evolved from his belief that site and context, local culture and all of its specificity are the stimuli to which architecture must respond. He has had an international career, which has likely influenced his sensitivity to variances in culture. He taught for six years in Africa as part a Peace Corps architect in Morocco and professor in Nigeria. Ehrlich Architects has also been awarded eight National AIA Design Awards and was named 2003 Firm of the Year by the AIACC, under Ehrlich’s leadership.
In 2011, Ehrlich’s Houses, a collection of residences designed by Steven Ehrlich, was published in this collection with an in-depth look at individual projects with photos and descriptions for each. Here on ArchDaily, we have also recognized some of his stunning work, including the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism building as well as the School of Earth and Space Exploration. The firm also won the international Design Competition for Abu Dhabi’s Federal National Council Parliament complex for the UAE.
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