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Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects [LOHA]


Founded in 1994 by Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA, LOHA is an award-winning architecture and urban design firm of twenty-five talented designers, with offices in Los Angeles and Detroit. Collectively and collaboratively, driven by O’Herlihy’s passion and creative vision, we have built a robust portfolio of work that is rooted in embracing architecture’s role as a catalyst for change. With a conscious understanding that architecture operates within a layered context of political, developmental, environmental, and social structures, LOHA seeks to elevate the human condition via the built environment. LOHA has built over 90 projects across three continents, been published in over 20 countries, and has been recognized with over 100 awards, including the #1 Design Firm in the US by Architect’s Magazine’s 2018 Architect 50, the AIA California Distinguished Practice Award, and the AIA LA Firm of the Year Award.


Our New Social Reality, The Future of the Public Realm

LOHA is organizing a two-part conversation on the future of design and community engagement in the public realm. Bringing together a group of architects and community advocates, the conversation will highlight Detroit’s unique perspective, and ask what can be learned from the city’s history of resilience and community organizing as we attempt to grasp our new social reality.

The first panel focuses on community engagement, and will consider how the changes brought about by COVID-19 impact the lives of all citizens and in turn, shape our cities. How can the pandemic be reframed as an opportunity for us to reconsider how we navigate our cities and how they can be adapted to better fit the needs of all? Panelists include; Lauren Hood (Deep Dive Detroit), John George (Motor City Blight Busters), Linda Samuels (Professor of Urban Design, WashU), and Abir Ali (Special Projects Consultant).

The second panel will explore the effect of social distancing on the future of design in the public realm. How can outdoor public spaces be reconsidered to accommodate our new spatial and health concerns? What has the pandemic taught us about how we can pragmatically evolve architecture and city planning in a way that embraces our new way of life? Panelists include; Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA (Founder, Design Principal, LOHA), Melissa Dittmer, AIA (Chief Design Officer, Bedrock Detroit), and Steven Lewis, FAIA (Principal, ZGF).

Both panels moderated by Sinead-Finnerty Pyne [LOHA].

Topic: Our New Social Reality: The Future of the Public Realm [Part 1: Community Engagement]
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Topic: Our New Social Reality: The Future of the Public Realm [Part 2: Design]
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September 15-16


4:00 pm

Category: Talk

Topics: Architecture & Interiors, Community, For Designers - By Designers, Policy & Education, Urban Planning & Landscape Architecture

Type: Virtual