Lorcan O'Herlihy, FAIA

Adjunct Professor


B.Arch, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; MA in History and Critical Thinking, Architectural Association, London

Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA, founder and principal of LOHA, seeks opportunities to engage with the ever-changing complexities of the urban landscape, while embracing architecture as a catalyst of change. Since founding his firm in 1994, his work has been guided by a conscious understanding that architecture operates within a layered context of political, developmental, environmental, and social structures. With offices in Los Angeles and Detroit, his firm has built over 90 projects across three continents. The diverse work ranges from art galleries, bus shelters, and large-scale neighborhood studies, to large mixed-use developments, affordable housing projects, and university residential complexes. Each project exhibits Lorcan’s belief that artistry and social connectivity are key to building vibrant spaces that elevate the human condition.

Lorcan’s professional practice has run in parallel to his academic pursuits, enriching and heightening both. He received a Master of Arts in History and Critical Thinking from the Architectural Association in London, writing a dissertation on social engagement 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 100 national and international design awards, including the AIA CC Distinguished Practice Award, AIA Los Angeles Firm of the Year Award, and in 2018 was awarded the status of #1 Design Firm in the US by Architect Magazine. Lorcan serves on the Board of Directors of Storefront for Art and Architecture. He is a licensed architect in California, Michigan, Florida, and North Carolina and is a GSA Design Excellence Program Peer.

Currently Teaching
  • 402bL
    Architectural Design IV
    Architectural Design IV

    Selected areas of specialization; three projects chosen with advisement from a variety of studio offerings that concentrate on different areas of vital concern.

    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 402aL

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  • 705L
    Advanced Graduate Architecture Design- Topics
    Advanced Graduate Architecture Design- Topics

    Advanced topical investigations emphasizing diverse areas of specialization. Projects will be faculty-led research investigations that concentrate on diverse areas of vital concern.

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