Takashi Yanai has been the Partner in Charge of the Residential Studio at Ehrlich Architects since 2004, where he focuses on the design of custom single-family, multi-family and mixed-use residential projects. Takashi believes that the best solutions start with an understanding of how to use the land. He then adds a keen interest in craft and materials. Most of all there is a deep conviction that the projects, while aspiring to the highest standards of art, are ultimately vessels for the enhancement of the lives being lived within. Takashi holds degrees in literature and architecture from UC Berkeley and a Masters of Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD). He currently serves on the AIA Committee on Design and was the Chair for the 2014 AIA COD Conference in Palm Springs.