Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA

President

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Architecture is the shaping of space with objects in light, to create practical and emotive places.

 

 

President, LEHRERARCHITECTSLA INC.

Chairman, Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council

Graduate School of Design-Appointed Director, Harvard Alumni Association Board

Arid Lands Institute Board, Advisory Board

Center for Architecture and Urbanism Los Angeles Board

Immediate Past President, Homeless Health Care Los Angeles

Partner, LEHRERARCHITECTSWestlake Reed Leskosky Design LLP

University of California at Riverside Design Review Board

Adjunct Faculty, University of Southern California

Hollywood Planning and Design Review

 

 

Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA founded his practice, Lehrer Architects LA, in Los Angeles in 1985. His work, from the intimate to the monumental, is grounded in the idea that beauty is a rudiment of human dignity. He designs for community with a reverence for light and space. Delight is a matter of extreme gravitas in the work. The work is to elevate the everyday and celebrate community.

 

The firm’s work consists of institutional, commercial, industrial, residential and urban design projects. Regarding sustainability, the work aspires to embody the beauty of performance and the performance of beauty. Lehrer Architects LA is steeped in the nurturing of creativity culture in its own work—both process and product--and in finding that spark in all of its clients’ endeavors.

 

Lehrer Architects LA has won over 80 major design and sustainability awards, including over 30 design awards from the national, state, and local chapters of The American Institute of Architects. His Studio, The Downtown Drop-In Center and the LA County Elections Operations Centerhave all won the Institute Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects, the top annual award for architecture in the United States, as well as numerous top awards from the International Interior Design Association, the AIA California Council, AIA LA, the Los Angeles Business Council, Contract Magazine, and Builder Magazine, among others.

 

Sustainability/Thrivability and beauty are an inseparable couplet in the work. His Water + Life Museums in Hemet, designed with Mark Gangi, AIA, is the first LEED Platinum museum in the world. An international environmental showcase, it features a 550 kilowatt photovoltaic rooftop installation. Christopher Hawthorne of the Los Angeles Times called it one of the 10 best public buildings in Southern California over the past ten years.

 

Michael’s work has been widely published nationally and internationally and he is regularly called upon to comment about design matters in national and local broadcast media, print, panels and symposia to explain the public interest from the architect’s perspective. This includesArchitectural Digest,Architectural Record,ARCHITECT,Business Week,Azure,Builder Magazine,Metropolitan Home, Dwell, Interior Design, NPR’s Weekend Edition,All Things Considered, KCRW’s Which Way L.A.?,The LA Times,The New York Times,The Chicago Tribune, Hong Kong’s avant garde Hinge Magazine, among others. In the past two years, Michael has lectured on his work at Stanford, Berkeley, University of Michigan, Woodbury University, the Dallas Architecture Forum, Dwell on Design, Governing Magazine/AARP, among others.

 

Michael is Chairman of the Alumni Council of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). He is one of two GSD-appointed Directors on the Harvard Alumni Association. He is immediate Past President of Homeless Health Care Los Angeles and served asVice Chairman of School Construction Bond Oversight Committee for over 5 years, overseeing (a now)$27 Billion repair and construction program for the LA Unified School District. He has served on the Hollywood Planning and Design Review Board for 22 years, and hosts their monthly meetings in his studio.

 

He was President of the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles in 1999 and founded their annual, ongoing Legislative Day that year which has fundamentally changed the nature of the profession in LA. He initiated the AIA/LA push to make GREAT STREETS a central initiative in our city.

 

Michael has been an adjunct member of the faculty at the University of Southern California since 1986, teaching all levels of design studio from 1st Year through Masters Thesis. He has taught several design studios focusing on senior housing. Prior to 1985, Mr. Lehrer worked at Frank O. Gehry and Associates and other design offices. He regularly sits on academic and professional AIA design juries around the country from the 2012 AIA NY Urban Design Awards Jury to the 2009 AIA Institute Honor Awards Jury for Architecture. That year he also served on the Mayors Institute of City Design team in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

Licensed in California in 1981, Michael was educated at Berkeley and Harvard after attending LAUSD public schools. He is married to Mia Lehrer, FASLA of Mia Lehrer + Associates Landscape Architecture. They have three children: Benjamin (and Laura), Rebecca (and Neil), and Raphael.

 

EDUCATION:

 

Master of Architecture, 1978

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

 

AB Major in Architecture with Highest Honors, 1975

University of California, Berkeley

 

AWARDS:

 

Restore Neighborhoods Los Angeles Homes

Gold Nugget Merit Award Pacific Coast Builders Conference 2014

Judges Special Award of Excellence Pacific Coast Builders Conference 2014

 

Keck Institute for Space Studies, Caltech

Westside Prize Honor Award, Westside Urban Forum 2014

City of Pasadena Historic Preservation Award 2014

 

Potrero Park Community Center

Award of Merit for “exceptional contribution” in the Civic category,Los Angeles Business Council. 2014

Best of Year Honoree, Interior Design Magazine 2013

Honor Award Southern California Development Forum 2012

Westside Prize Honor Award, Westside Urban Forum 2013

 

Reseda Park Pool

Award for Excellence in Design, The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles 2013

Award of Excellence, The Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission/The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles 2012

 

Spring Street Park

Best of Year Honoree, Interior Design Magazine 2013

Honor Award Southern California Development Forum 2013

People’s Design Award Finalist Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Museum 2013

Award of Excellence for “exceptional contribution” in the Landscape Architecture category, Los Angeles Business Council. 2012

 

Westwood United Methodist Church

Award for Excellence in Design, The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles 2011

Merit Award for Sacred Landscape, The American Institute of Architects, Faith and Form Magazine,

The Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture 2011

Award of Excellence for “exceptional contribution” in the Landscape Architecture category, Los Angeles Business Council. 2011

Westside Prize Honor Award, Westside Urban Forum 2011

 

Canyon Residence

Honor Award Southern California Development Forum 2012

Merit Award for Excellence in Design, The American Institute of Architects California Council 2011

Award of Excellence for “exceptional contribution” in the Housing Single Family category, Los Angeles Business Council. 2011

Gold Nugget Grand Award for Best Custom Home over 6,500 s.f., Pacific Coast Builders Conference 2011

 

Registrar Recorder County Clerk Elections Center

Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture, The American Institute of Architects 2011

Merit Award for Excellence in Design, The American Institute of Architects California Council 2010

Award of Merit for Excellence in Design, The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles 2010

Westside Prize Honor Award, Westside Urban Forum 2011

Honor Award, Environments Category, Annual Design Review I.D. Magazine 2009

Honor Award, Graphis Magazine 2009

Honorable Mention for Design Excellence Architect Magazine 2009

Award of Excellence for “exceptional contribution” in the Renovated Buildings category, Los Angeles Business Council. 2009

Honor Award Southern California Development Forum 2008

 

The Shalom Institute

Award of Merit for Excellence in Design, The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles 2010

Westside Prize Honor Award, Westside Urban Forum 2011

Gold Nugget Award of Merit for Excellence & Value for Best Rehab Commercial/Industrial Project, PCBC 2010

 

The Water and Life Museums

Honor Award for Excellence in Design, The American Institute of Architects California Council 2009

Honor Award for Excellence in Design, The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles 2008

Honor Award for Excellence in Design, The American Institute of Architects Pasadena Foothill Chapter 2007

Merit Award for Savings by Design, The American Institute of Architects California Council 2008

Green Good Design Award®, Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture/Design

European Center for Architecture Art Design/Urban Studies & Metropolitan Arts Press 2009

LEED Platinum Certification, United States Green Building Council 2008

Honor Award, Architectural Foundation of Los Angeles Design Green Awards 2008

American Architecture Award®,Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture/Design

European Center for Architecture Art Design/Urban Studies & Metropolitan Arts Press 2008

Beyond Green High Performance Building Award, Sustainable Building Industry Council 2007

Gold Nugget Grand Award for Excellence and Value for the Best Sustainable Commercial Project, PCBC 2007

Merit Award for Best Public/Private Special Use Facility, Pacific Coast Builders Conference 2007

 

Lehrer Architects Studio

Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture, The American Institute of Architects 2008

Merit Award for Excellence in Design, The American Institute of Architects California Council 2006

Award of Merit, The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles 2007

World Coolest Office, Best Use of Space, INC Magazine and Architizer Website 2010

Honor Award, The International Interior Design Association 2008

Gold Nugget Grand Award for Excellence and Value for the Best Commercial/Industrial Rehab Project, PCBC 2007

Honor Award, CONTRACT Magazine. 2006

Award of Excellence for “exceptional contribution” in the Renovated Buildings category, Los Angeles Business Council. 2006

 

Santee Court

Westside Prize Honor Award, Westside Urban Forum 2005

 

Norton Towers on the Court

Honor Award to recognize excellence in residential design,The American Institute of Architects Housing PIA 2004

Gold Nugget Grand Award for Excellence and Value for Best Attached Project Over 30 DU/Acre, PCBC 2004

Westside Prize, Westside Urban Forum 2004

Award of Excellence for “exceptional contribution” in the Residential category, Los Angeles Business Council. 2004

Award of Merit, Multiunit Housing, Residential Architect Magazine 2004

 

Temple Bat Yahm Torah Center

Honor Award , The American Institute of Architects, Faith and Form Magazine, The Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture 2004

Gold Nugget Grand Award for Excellence and Value for Best Public/Private Special Use Facility, PCBC 2004

Honor Award, The American Institute of Architects Orange County 2003

 

The James M. Wood Community Center

Grand Award, The American Institute of Architects California Council, Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada 2005

Business Week/Architectural Record Award, The American Institute of Architects 2004

Merit Award for Excellence in Design, The American Institute of Architects California Council 2003

Westside Prize, Westside Urban Forum 2003

Gold Nugget Award of Merit for Excellence & Value for Best Public/Private Special Use Facility, PCBC 2003

Gold Nugget Special Award for Excellence and Value for Building Industry Community Spirit, PCBC 2003

Award of Excellence for “exceptional contribution” in the Institutional category, Los Angeles Business Council. 2003

 

The Silverlake Master Plan

Honor Award of Merit, The American Society Of Landscape Architects Los Angeles (with Mia Lehrer and Associates) 2001

 

The Downtown Homeless Drop-In Center

Institute Honor Award for Architecture, The American Institute of Architects 2001

The Ahwahnee Award, Local Governments Association, The American Institute of Architects California Council 2002

Award of Excellence, The American Institute of Architects/National Concrete Masonry Association 2000

Honor Award for Excellence in Design, The American Institute of Architects California Council 2000

Award of Merit for Excellence in Design, The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles 1999

LA Beautification Award, Los Angeles Business Council 2000

 

de Bont Residence, L. A.

LA Beautification Award, Best New House. Los Angeles Business Council 1998

 

The Davisson House, Capistrano Beach.

Design Award for Excellence in Design, The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles 1998

Honor Award for Excellence in Design, The American Institute of Architects Orange County 1997

 

Legacy Software Co., Marina del Rey

Semifinalist,Business Week/Architectural Record/Award, The American Institute of Architects 1997

 

HollywoodTower & Master Plan for Barnsdall Park.

Honor Award, Next LA, The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles 1997

Royce Neuchatz Preservation Award, Los Angeles Conservancy 1996

 

Elevation to the College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architects 2004

 

Presidential Award for Excellence in the Service of Good Design

The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles 2002

 

Olive Award for Excellence in Arts and Architecture (with Mia Lehrer, FASLA)

The Barnsdall Arts Foundation 2006

 

Plato de Oro Award forHis Tireless Efforts and Contributions to Improve the Lives of the Homeless in Los Angeles

Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles 2007

 

The Vision Award

The Shalom Institute 2009