Episode 337

Amplified Urbanism with Lorcan O’Herlihy and Richard Loring

Ruth Danielle LuiskingOct 10, 2020

Today's guests are famed architect Lorcan O'Herlihy and renowend LA developer Richard Loring.

Richard Loring is the Director of Design + Construction for Domos. He's an award-winning developer with a long-standing history of working with many of the most forward-thinking architecture firms.

After receiving his masters in the History of English Architecture at Cambridge University, Loring founded Archetype, a general contracting company, where he built many noteworthy contemporary buildings for 26 years. Loring then served as Managing Director for Habitat Group Los Angeles, developing contemporary multifamily projects throughout the city. Many of Loring’s Habitat Group projects won AIA awards at the local, state and national level in addition to garnering coverage in leading architecture and design publications such as The New York Times, Dwell and Architectural Record.

Today, Loring is leading the latest Los Angeles Domos project in Hancock Park. In partnership with Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects, Domos plans to reconfigure the property to bring the building up to current city codes and invigorate the living spaces, while preserving the building’s classic exterior. These plans include the addition of at least three new floors to the building, including co-living suites.

Lorcan O'Herlihy FAIA is the founder and principal of LOHA (Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects) which seeks opportunities to engage the ever-changing complexities of the urban landscape while embracing architecture as a catalyst of change.

Since its inception in 1994, LOHA's 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. 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 been accompanied by his academic and intellectual pursuits. He received a Master of Arts in History and Critical Thinking 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 90 national and local design awards, including the AIA CC Distinguished Practice Award, AIA Los Angeles Firm of the Year Award, and in 2018 LOHA was awarded the status of #1 Design Firm in the US according to Architect Magazine's Architect 50.

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