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Michael B. Lehrer

FAIA

Founding Partner

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

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

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

GOLD MEDAL Presidential Honoree, American Institute of Architects – Los Angeles, 2020

Katz Pavilion for Athletics and Culture at Stephen Wise Temple and Schools
Merit, Westside Urban Forum Awards,2020

Clinica Oscar Romero
Citation, Westside Urban Forum Awards,2020

THE LOS ANGELES GLENDALE WATER RECLAMATION FACILITY
Westside Prize Honor Award, Westside Urban Forum,2019
Design Concept Award,  Los Angeles Business Council,2019

Central Recreation Pool and Bathhouse Renovation

Westside Prize Award, Westside Urban Forum, 2019
Civic Award,  Los Angeles Business Council,2019
Design Award for Excellence in Architectural Design, AIA – Los Angeles,2017
Westside Prize Honor Award, Westside Urban Forum,2017
Best of Year Winner, Non-Profit Institutions, Interior Design Magazine,2016

Studio MLA
LEED Platinum Certification, United States Green Building Council,2018
Award for Excellence in Design,  The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles,2018

La Kretz Garden Pavilion

Sustainability Award, LABC, 2019
Los Angeles Architectural Awards, Education Award, LABC ,2018
Best of Year Honoree, Interior Design Magazine, 2017
Educational Award, 
Southern California Development Forum, 2017

Architecture + Design Institute

Honor Award, CONTRACT Magazine,2018
Westside Prize Merit Award,  Westside Urban Forum,2017
Best of Competition, The International Interior Design Association,2017
Honor Award, Southern California Development Council,2017
Gold Nugget Merit Award, Pacific Coast Builders Conference,2017
Merit Award for Excellence in Design, American Institute of Architects – California Council,2017

Guerin Family Institute For Advanced Science

Westside Prize Merit Award, Westside Urban Forum, 2017
Best of Competition, The International Interior Design Association,2017
Honor Award, Southern California Development Council, 2017
Gold Nugget Merit Award, Pacific Coast Builders Conference, 2017
Merit Award for Excellence in Design, American Institute of Architects – California Council, 2017

Liberty Commons – Echo Park Office

Best of Year Honoree, Interior Design Magazine, 2016
Gold Nugget Merit Award, Pacific Coast Builders Conference,2016
Westside Prize Merit Award, Westside Urban Forum,2016
Finalist, The International Interior Design Association,2016

Restore Neighborhoods Los Angeles Homes

Honor Award for Excellence in Residential Design, AIA – California Council,2017
Award for Excellence in Architectural Design, American Institute of Architects – Los Angeles,2017

Honor Award for Excellence in Residential Design, American Institute of Architects – Los Angeles,2017
Gold Nugget Merit Award, Pacific Coast Builders Conference,2017

Award for Excellence in Design, American Institute of Architects – Los Angeles,2016
Honor Award for Excellence in Residential Design, AIA – California Council,2015

Cal Tech Keck Institute For Space Studies

Award for ‘exceptional contribution’ in Sustainable Real Estate category, LABC,2015
Best of the Best in the Country, Small Projects, Engineering News-Record,2015

Merit Award for Excellence in Design, American Institute of Architects – California Council,2014
Honor Award for Excellence in Design,  AIA – Pasadena Foothill Council,2014
Historic Preservation Award, City of Pasadena,2014
Honor Award,  Southern California Development Forum,2014
LEED Platinum Certification, United States Green Building Council,2014

Sustainable Innovation Honor Award, United States Green Building Council – Los Angeles, 2014
Westside Prize Honor Award, Westside Urban Forum,2014

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, 2011
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