AIA|LA Monograph Tour Interview: Ehrlich Architects – Experience the Projects

AIA Los Angeles (AIA|LA) continues our conversation with Steven Ehrlich, FAIA and Takashi Yanai, AIA of Ehrlich Architects, as we move on to discuss the homes on the tour and what it means to them to have their projects represented in a monograph tour altogether.

Steven Ehrlich, FAIA

Takashi Yanai, AIA

"The true success of an architect is that we don't remember pain," Steven Ehrlich, FAIA announced when asked about the process of getting projects built. This attribute has helped Steven and Takashi Yanai, AIA, Ehrlich Architects' Principal Head of Residential Design in the Residential Studio. One of the aspects they both love about their work is not only designing, but also seeing those projects through to completion: from building to having their clients inhabit the spaces.

The homes on the Monograph Tour are all very different projects, one having been built 20 years ago (Schulman Residence), two other contemporary homes (Wolfe & Carrillo Residences) and then the most personal home, Steven's private residence in Venice (700 Palms Residence). Yet all the projects share a common thread: Ehrlich Architects' fingerprint. The involvement of each client gives them a new fresh take and it is interesting to search for Ehrlich Architect's stamp. Read on in the conversation while Steven and Takashi discuss the positives aspects of having a Monograph Tour.

AIA|LA: After having many monograph books written about Ehrlich Architects, how is it to have the projects in books come to life in a Monograph Tour?
Steven Ehrlich: Architecture is about the experience. Not about the photograph or not about the awards. Not about being published. It's all about walking right up to and experiencing a building. It's important to us that people are now going to experience our homes first hand.
Takashi Yanai: Whenever you're able to see a body of work it's more interesting and completely different then having one home on a tour. Seeing four houses together in a single day shows the houses differences, yet there is a strong similarity, displaying that they are from the same lineage. It's a great opportunity for the general public to try and understand the thread that runs through all our work.
SE: It's also a great way to take stock at what we do; it helps us to reassess our portfolio.
TY: A tour is not only about putting yourself up and resting on your laurels, but it reminds us why we do this.

AIA|LA: Can you talk about the homes on the Monograph Tour?
The diversity of the projects is very interesting. They are all very contemporary and all are searching for the best environment that can be on that particular site. Yet they are so diverse! The Schulman house is sometimes called a Zen California Modern because of its Japanese influence. The Wolfe House was built for a couple where one is an African art dealer. He and I shared a lot of stories of our time in Africa, out of that came this love of rusted industrial buildings that you see in Africa. So we reflected a kind of shared love of our past, resulting in something very different from what we'd done before. The Carrillo Residence is more sophisticated in the use of materials, details…
TY: Which is a reflection of the client. One half of the couple is a workaholic and she wanted a place that was very serene, an escape from Los Angeles and her work. Even if it was slightly more inconvenient, they were looking at two parcels of land (Santa Monica and Palisades) and they opted for the Palisades. They just wanted that extra degree of retreat from the working world. The entire house emphasizes a serene retreat. Then there is Steven’s home, which is very personal reflecting on his LA and African experiences.

Join us this Sunday, April 28, 2013 at the first ever Monograph Tour presented by AIA|LA. Meet Steven and Takashi, along with the Ehrlich Architects staff, in person, and enjoy a Monograph Tour wrap-up reception at Steven’s own home in Venice. See you then.

Important Information:

  • When: April 28, 2013 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (all homes)
  • Reception from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Mr. Ehrlich’s home)
  • Where: Various locations in West Los Angeles

Purchase tickets at:

Important Notes:

Online ticket sales for this tour will close at 6:00 PM on Sat 4/27.

Tickets purchased online after Wed 4/24 will not be mailed and will be available for pick-up at Will Call, which is located at one of the homes on the tour. If you purchased advance tickets and did not received them in the mail, please proceed directly to Will Call and we will have your tickets available for you. Day-of tickets may be purchased at Will Call for $85.

The Will Call address is:

1950 Butler Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Will Call will open at 12 PM and homes will open at 1 PM.

Last updated: 24-Apr-2013 03:47 PM
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