2011 Maybeck Award
Steven Ehrlich, FAIA
During the early years of his career, Ehrlich taught and practiced in Morocco and West Africa. The architectural landscapes of these regions inspired his design philosophy, which he calls multicultural modernism: “the flexible integration of modern form and new technologies with influences from ancient traditions,” as he describes it.
This unique point of view has informed Ehrlich’s work in California, where he founded Steven Ehrlich Architects, his Culver City-based firm, in 1979. He has now served there as Design Principal for over 30 years, completing numerous residential and civic projects in Southern California. Ehrlich’s designs always aim to encourage social interaction, merge indoor and outdoor spaces (often with the creative use of technology), and reflect the values of the communities that use them.