Lorcan O’Herlihy FAIA, founder and principal of LOHA, 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 1990, 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 project, in which the harmonious coupling of art and architecture was paramount, instilled a passion toward aesthetic improvisation and composition which eventually found its way into Lorcan’s own work. Lorcan has also worked as a painter, sculptor, and furniture maker. The methodologies of material exploration and formal inflection, derived from the looseness of abstract art, have played a significant role across all media and are a critical driver of his architecture.
Lorcan’s professional practice has run in parallel to his academic and intellectual pursuits since the inception of his office, enriching and heightening both. He received a Master of Arts in Histories and Theories from the Architectural Association in London, writing a dissertation on social connectivity and generative urban strategies.He 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.
In 2004 the Architectural League of New York selected Lorcan O’Herlihy as one of the eight “emerging voices” in the United States. In 2009, Lorcan was elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. Lorcan’s commitment to design excellence in commercial, educational and residential projects has earned over 75 national and local design awards, including the 2010 AIA Los Angeles Firm of the Year Award and has recently been nominated for the 2015 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, the 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture, and the 2015 Marcus Prize in Architecture. Lorcan is a licensed architect in California and is a GSA Design Excellence Program Peer.