Firm DescriptionLorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA] harnesses the complexities and latent opportunities of urban society to create transformative architecture. Our work is driven by ruthless optimism, creative pragmatism, and a profound conviction that bold, enlightened design elevates the soul and enriches communities.
We balance ideals and pragmatics, intuition and logic, radical visions and fulfilled expectations. We ground our process in rigorous exploration, persistent questioning, and technical expertise. We craft distinctive, sustainable, elegantly resolved designs that meet the needs of our clients and respond to broader civic and social ambitions.
Grounded in years of experience, we confront preconceptions with an understanding that, while working within parameters, creative improvisation can yield unexpected solutions and remarkable results.
Since 1994, LOHA has built over 90 projects across three continents. Based out of our studio in Los Angeles and Detroit with twenty-five designers, our diverse work ranges from large, mixed-use developments and university residential complexes to art galleries and bus shelters. LOHA has been published in over 20 countries and recognized with over 100 awards, including the AIA California Council Distinguished Practice Award and AIA Los Angeles Firm of the Year Award.