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STEVEN EHRLICH, FAIA RIBA (1946-)

Ehrlich was born in New York City and grew up in the Radburn section of Fair Lawn, New Jersey. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1969. Upon graduating, Ehrlich spent six years working in Africa, serving for two years in the Peace Corps as its first architect in Marrakesh, Morocco. Ehrlich traveled across the Sahara and taught architecture at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. Ehrlich moved to Venice CA in 1979 and established a small residential studio. Ehrlich coined multicultural modernism, which advocates a sensitivity to the local culture in design. Ehrlich's studio became Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects. The forty-person firm was awarded the 2015 AIA National Architecture Firm Award and the 2003 AIA California Council Firm Award. Ehrlich has taught at Montana State University, SCI-Arc, and UCLA. He was a visiting professor at the USC School of Architecture and a visiting design critic at Harvard University, Yale University, and Woodbury University. Bio adapted from Wikipedia. His archives are at USCB.


1971 - Housing outside of Marrakech and Ouarzazate, Morocco. Over a two-year period from 1970 to 1971, Ehrlich primarily worked on a project known as Habitat Rural, which involved planning a rural village designed to rehouse residents ousted by the construction of dams. Through these studies he came up with proposals for rural villages, one located 30 to 40 miles outside of Marrakech, the other in Ouarzazate on the south side of the High Atlas Mountains. Ehrlich learned finally in 2017 that they had in fact been built. "I never found out if those projects were built. I tried.”  (From an article in Architects Newspaper, April 2023, by Kristine Klein. Photos by Ben Clark. 


1974 - The Carey House, Grafton VT. Status unknown.


1974 - The Katz House, Dummerston VT. Status unknown.


1974 - The Taylor House, Westminster West VT. Status unknown.


1979 - The Howard Swann House, 1675 Weston Road, Scotts Valley CA. Sold in 2013 to Elisa and John Morozumi.


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1981 - The Loring House, aka Escher GuneWarden Guesthouse and Art Gallery, 2456 Astral Drive, Los Angeles CA. Richard Neutra built the main house in 1958 for the Loring family. It was purchased by Escher GuneWarden, who hired Ehrlich to design a guest house and art gallery.


1981 - The Robertson Renovation, Santa Monica CA. Status unknown.


1982 - The Ron Semler House, 31727 Mulholland Way, Malibu CA. Destroyed in the 2018 Woolsey fire, along with several other buildings. Semler has rebuilt a wedding venue, Saddlerock Ranch, on the property.


1984 - The Vining and Doughty House, Lambertville NJ. Status unknown.


1985 - The Sundance Housing Development, Rialto CA. Status unknown.


1985 - The Ellen Buchalter Friedman House, 523 and 523 1/2 South Westgate Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Featured in GA Houses 21. Built by Ellen Buchalter. Sold in 2014 to Timothy Brewer and Sally Heymann.


1986 - The Futiko-Tamagowon House of the Future, Tokyo Japan. Model House for the Tokyo Housing Expo with Yamada and Associates. Featured in Architecture Magazine, July 1987. Unbuilt.


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1986 - The Paul Miller and Peggy Nazary House, Los Angeles CA. Status unknown. Photos from the Los Angeles Times, 1989


1987 - The Robertson House, Sun Valley ID. Status unknown.


1987 - The Landfair Apartments, aka Robison Hall, Renovation, 10940-10954 Ophir Drive, Los Angeles CA. In 1987 Ehrlich designed a plan that called for restoring the original facade and transforming Neutra's 8 apartments into dormitory rooms with 3 communal areas for students. Presumed unbuilt.


1988 - The California West Townhouses, aka The El Dorado plan, off Santa Susanna Pass Road, Chatsworth CA. Kaufman and Broad Developer. Plan 1, The Eldorado, was a 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath unit, 1000-1500 sf townhome. Won the 1988 Elan Award for "Best Architectural Design for an Attached Home from 1,000-1,500 sf."


1989 - The Richard Ripple House, 1338 Preston Way, Venice CA. Sold in 1994 to David and Zane Stern. Sold in 1998 to George Gerba and Nancy Martin. Photos by Michael Locke.


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1991 - The Bob Douroux House, 2508 Strongs Drive, Venice CA. Also addressed as 2507 Grand Canal, Venice CA. Commissioned in 1988. Bob Douroux was the builder. The compound marries a Postmodern house with two 1922 cottages. Featured in GA Houses 49. Sold in 1994 to David Guc. Sold in 1997 to Arnely (Nely) Galán, who also owns the remodeled 1922 house next door at 2506. On and off the market in 2022-23 as a rental. Exterior photos by Michael Locke.  Galán was the first Latina president of Telemundo television network.


1990 - The John and Jennie Gold Friedman House, 728 Kingman Avenue, Santa Monica CA. Paster Construction was the builder. Photo by Michael Locke.


1990 - The Ehrman and Coombs House, Santa Monica CA. Won a 1991 Merit Award from the California Council of the AIA. Status unknown.


1990 - The Nesburn and Friedman House, Brentwood CA. Status unknown.


1990 - The Chiate House, Malibu CA. Status unknown.


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1990 - The Robert and Lauri Plattner House, 1747 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands NY. Still owned by the Plattners as of 2023.


1990 - The Elaine Spierer House, 2311 Ocean Front, Venice CA. Spierer is a Venice Beach-based real estate developer. Robert Douroux was the builder. Sold in 1993 to Edward K Connors. Sold in 2004 to Terence Lee Zehrer. Sold in 2007 to William Edwards. Sold in 2009 to Hos Ocean Front Walk LLC. Top two photos by Michael Locke.


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1990 - The Neil Carey Israel House, 1273 Palisades Beach Road, Santa Monica CA. Israel is a writer and director known for Bachelor Party (1984), Real Genius (1985), and Look Who's Talking Too (1990). Structural engineering by Parker Resnick. Built by Michael McDowell. Ehrman Coombs was the contractor. Featured in GA Houses 39. Sold to Thomas and Deborah Tellefson. Sold in 2003 to Michael Warren. Sold in 2018 to the Noonan Family Trust. Bottom two photos by Michael Locke.


1990 - The Hannah Hempstead Renovation, 835 Dickson Street, Marina Del Rey CA. Hempstead is a film producer and art gallery owner. Original single- story house built in 1952. Ehrlich designed a second story addition and then a carport in 1992. Built by Prather Construction. Structural engineering by Parker Resnick. Featured in GA Houses 39. Still owned by Hempstead as of 2021. Top two photos by Michael Locke.


1991 - The Rod Shapiro Canal House, 211 Sherman Canal, Venice CA. Robert Douroux was the builder. Sold in 2003 to Charles and Lynda Taylor. Sold in 2008 to actress Maura Tierney. Sold in 2010 to Jacob and Teresa Simon. Top two photos by Michael Locke.


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1991 - The Villa del Este Condominiums, Pacific Coast Highway and Seaward Road, Corona del Mar CA. With architect Blair Ballard. Small complex of 18, two-story attached units. Example: 401 Seaward Road, Unit 16. Sold in 2021 to Seth and Molly Ring.


1991 - The Jenson House, Malibu CA. Status unknown.


1992 - The Tom and Miriam Schulman House, 645 Tuallitan Road, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned 1989. Built by Winters-Schram; structural, Steven Perlof; landscape design, Robert Cornell. Sold in 2014 to Michael Lafetra.


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1994 - The Charlene Norred House, 27960 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu CA. Completely remodeled by interior designer Michael Lee. Deeded in 2006-7 to W. Alex and Sue Glasscock. Sold in 2007 to Hoku LLC. Sold in 2015 to Anthony Bonsignore.


1995 - The Machtinger House Interior, Santa Barbara CA. Status unknown.


1995 - The Perry Farrell House, 2008 Glencoe Avenue, Venice CA. Built by Elliott Prather. A radical transformation of a 1949 California bungalow for the Jane's Addiction frontman, Perry Farrell. The most prominent feature is the two-story barrel vault that runs the length of the structure and includes a loft bedroom/office, 2 bedrooms downstairs, 2 baths, and a rooftop terrace. Featured in GA Houses 44. Sold in 2010 to Michael and Sheila Siegel. Top photo by Michael Locke.


1996 - The Hayashida House, Kobe Japan. Status unknown.


1997 - The Richards and Ebert House, Telluride CO. Status unknown.


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1997 - aka Lo House, 2540 Crow Foot Lane, Diamond Bar CA. Sold in 2013.


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1998 - The Bruce W. (Bill) and Laurie M. Benenson House, aka Canyon Residence, 605 Hightree Road, Santa Monica CA. 7400sf. Built on the site of a 1955 Warren Overpeck house by E. Cohen Construction Company; structural engineer, Bruce and Parker Resnick; landscape design, Jay Griffith; interiors, Phillippa Seth-Smith. Featured in GA Houses 39; 100 of the World's Best Houses, Volume 1. Bill Beneson made two award-winning documentaries, The Marginal Way and Diamond Rivers. The Benenson's bought another Overpeck house next door in 2016. Sold in 2017 to Hightree Vestal Trust. Top two photos by Michael Locke.


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1998 - The Barry and Anne Munitz Renovation, 507 Euclid Street, Santa Monica CA. Original house built in 1986. Photo by Michael Locke.


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1998 - The Edward A. and Jan B. Woods Residence, 425 Upper Mesa Road, Santa Monica CA. Built by Eitan Cohen, CER Development. The architect designed a 3-story addition to an existing single-family residence. Interiors by Jan Woods. Featured in GA Houses 57. Bottom 2 photos by Michael Locke.


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1999 - The David and Marianna Fisher House, 744 Brooktree Road, Pacific Palisades CA. Lautenschlagen Inc.was the builder. Photo by Michael Locke.


2001 - The Miriam Wosk Renovation, 436 Adelaide Drive, Santa Monica CA. Original 1926 Mediterranean house turned into a home and artist work space. The renovation added a hangar-like artists studio. Sold in 2014 to DHMC Inc. Sold in 2015 to AMl Investment VIII, David Holmes.


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2001 - The James Webster House, 35 Sunset Avenue, Venice CA. Still owner as of 2023.


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2001 - The Charles and Kharlene Boxenbaum House, 700 North Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills CA. Horizon General was the builder. Photos by Michael Locke.


2002 - The Koffler House, Pacific Palisades CA. Status unknown.


2002 - The Steven Ehrlich House, 700 Palms Boulevard, Venice CA. Structural, Parker Resnick; built by Mark Shramek. Featured in: GA Houses 84; 100 of the World's Best Houses, Volume 3. Top photo by Michael Locke.


2002 - The Kendrick Royer House, 2420 Grand Canal, Venice CA. Sold in 2013 to Marguerite Park. Sold in 2014 to Robert M. Downs. Sold in 2021 to Brian David Israel and Tsila Abush Israel. Top photo by Michael Locke.


2002 - The Venice Beach Lofts, 25 Brooks Avenue, Venice CA. Four-unit lofts. Won a 2003 Residential Magazine Design Award. Top photo by Michael Locke. Unit 1: Sold in 2017 to Aaron Judovits, Unit 2: Sold in 2022 to Jeremy Leung, Unit 3: Sold in 2021 to Lisa and Lindsay Altman, Unit 4: Sold in 2021 to Keith Bien.  


2003 - The Joshua W. and Linda R. Leonard House, 8300 Rugby Place, Los Angeles CA. Built by Horizon General Contractors. Sold in 2018 to 8300 Rugby Place LLC. Sold in 2022 to David and Tomoko Akerman and Tamir and Danielle Pinchasi. Photos by Michael Locke.


2003 - The Goldstein-Porter House, Venice CA. Status unknown.


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2006 - The Centre Street Lofts for Lee Group, 285 West 6th Street, San Pedro CA. Mixed-use ground level retail plus 6 live/work two-story artists residences. The four stories have 110 lofts ranging from 830 sf to 2373 sf.


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2004 - The Samy and Christine Benarroch House, 2207 Bowmont Drive, Beverly Hills CA.  Sold in 2044 to Richard Rho. Sold in 2010 to Robert Poe.  Deeded in 2021 to Robert Poe and Kenneth Brown.


2005 - The Asher Waldfogel and Helen MacLean House, 300 Santa Rita Avenue, Palo Alto CA.


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2005 - The Joshua W. and Linda R. Leonard House, 8300 Rugby Place, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 2018 to 8300 Rugby Place LLC. Sold in 2022 to David Ackerman.


2006 - aka House in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 35,000 sf. Status unknown.


2008 - The Market Mews, 741 Mildred Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Sanchez Bros. Construction Inc. was the builder. Each of the eight units has 2-bedrooms and 2.5 baths in 1695sf with 14-foot roll up windows. Top photo by Michael Locke.


2008 - The Leland and Marian Ziedler House, 451 Seaview Drive, Aptos CA. Featured in Architectural Digest.


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2009 - The Ernie and Diane Steinmetz Wolfe House, 1950 Butler Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Project architect Ray Lobello. The pitched roof Cor-ten steel exterior is meant to showcase the clients' collection of African art and furniture. Top photo by Michael Locke.


2009 - The Juan and Dominique (Mielle) Carrillo House, 884 Chautauqua Boulevard, Pacific Palisades CA.


2013 - The Thom and Sarah McElroy House, 121 Riviera Way, Irvine Cove, Laguna Beach CA. Sold in 2017 to Edward O. Thorp. Featured in Architectural Digest.


2016 - The Stefan Kreuzer and Barbara Schroeder House, 703 Kuhlman Road, Houston TX.


2016 - The Susan Harbert Renovation, aka Blue Sail House, 18016 Blue Sail Drive, Pacific Palisades CA. Original house built in 1965 (top photos).


2017 - The Stephanie E. Levine House, 221 South Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills CA.


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2017 - The Peter I. and Anne Y. Ostroff House, aka Coldwater Canyon House, 1234 Lago Vista Drive, Beverly Hills CA. Greg Weier was the builder. Top photo by Michael Locke.


2017 - The Bayview House, Hermosa Beach CA. Unbuilt.


2018 - The David and Stephanie Berger House, aka Spectral Bridge House, 648 Milwood Avenue, Venice CA. A collaboration between Ehrlich and visual artist Johannes Giradoni. Sold in 2021 to Ivan Krstic.


2018 - The Donald Lee and Shirley Lu House, 446 19th Street, Santa Monica CA.


2018 - aka Ridge Mountain House, San Jacinto Mountains, Palm Springs CA. Status unknown.


2018 - 1934 Waverley Street, Palo Alto CA. Sold in 2022 to Driftwood Trust, Kyle Vineyard Trustee.


2019 - The Westridge House, Portola Valley CA. Unbuilt.


2019 - The Takashi Yanai and Patti Rhee House, aka Kingsland House, Mar Vista, Los Angeles CA. Designed by the owners, EYRC partners.


2019 - The Radcliffe House, Pacific Palisades CA. Unbuilt.


2019 - aka Spring Road House, 33 Spring Road, Ross CA. Status unknown.  Commissioned around 2012. Status unknown. 


2020 - The Kenneth and Julie Wang Renovation, 1448 Stradella Road, Bel Air, Los Angeles CA. Original house built in 1969. Addition included a second floor.


2021 - The SB Baxter LLC House, aka Baxter Street House, 2336 Baxter Street, Silver Lake CA. Built by DTK Builders. Bottom photo by Michael Locke.


Sources include: Steven Ehrlich: A Dynamic Serenity by Michael Webb; Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects.