Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects Opens in San Francisco
San Francisco, Calif. – Architecture firm Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney(EYRC Architects) has expanded beyond its home base of Los Angeles with a new San Francisco office. The firm, led by partners Steven Ehrlich, Takashi Yanai, Patricia Rhee, and Matthew Chaney, was founded originally by Ehrlich in Los Angeles in 1979, and subsequently became EYRC in 2016. Known for its holistic approach to design and the creation of spaces that reflect people, culture, and community, the firm’s portfolio includes a wide range of residential, educational, commercial, and cultural projects.
“The success and growth of our work in North California has proven to us what an exciting location the San Francisco Bay Area is,” says Steven Ehrlich. “We believe in the importance of being able to support each commission through face-to-face interaction, on site with clients. The new office underscores our commitment to the region.”
The new Bay Area office – located in the South of Market area – is led by partner Takashi Yanai.
The firm’s Northern Californian projects include private residences in the South Bay and Marin County. In Wine Country, Yanai is currently designing a private residence for a client whose home was destroyed in the recent North Bay fire disaster.
“The Bay Area is a commercial and cultural hub, and has such a profound influence on our day-to-day lives,” says Takashi Yanai. “With the emergence of a design-savvy market led by a flourishing segment of younger entrepreneurs, there is a growing interest in modern architecture and the work we offer in this area. Clients can now take full advantage of our presence here in the Bay Area.”
EYRC Architects’ design philosophy starts with a profound respect for a building’s inhabitants. This humanistic approach, referred to as MULTICULTURAL MODERNISM, has permeated the firm’s culture since the beginning, informing every creation and every interaction. Yanai, in particular, brings a keen sensibility for the craft of building and materiality born of his dual Californian and Japanese heritage.
Honored with the AIA NATIONAL FIRM AWARD in 2015, Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects (formerly Ehrlich Architects) is a versatile practice that has earned an international reputation for design excellence and an exemplary professional culture. The Los Angeles and San Francisco-based firm is now a 40-member team whose work includes building types ranging in scale from houses to courthouses, and the firm counts among its clients the Los Angeles Public Libraries, Otis College of Art & Design, Hines, the General Services Administration, and the City of San Jose.
EYRC Architects has been recognized with more than 150 awards including nine national AIA awards, and the title of AIA California Council Firm of the Year in 2003. Steven Ehrlich is a recipient of the AIA California’s prestigious Maybeck Award and the 2015 AIA Los Angeles Gold Medal for outstanding lifelong achievement in architectural design. In 2017, the AIA elevated Takashi Yanai to the College of Fellows for his achievements in “connecting man and nature through masterful siting and exceptional craft” in residential design.