Released today, Architecture Is a Social Act: Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects [LOHA] sets a framework for utilizing the full potential of the discipline through a selection of the practice’s human-centric work.

2020 has made it abundantly clear: good architecture is no longer about simply designing a building as an isolated object, but about meeting head-on the forces which shape today’s world. We’re proud to say that our newest publication is a valuable resource in this mission, a comprehensive showcase of a leading practice’s pace-setting work. Architecture Is a Social Act: Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects [LOHA] addresses how the discipline can be used as a tool to engage in politics, economics, aesthetics, and smart growth by promoting social equity, human interaction and cultural evolution.

The book features 28 projects from LOHA’s portfolio, which spans nearly three decades and over 90 works, from tiny Santa Monica storefronts to vast urban plans in Detroit and Raleigh. It’s a selection that embodies the LA- and Detroit-based practice’s utmost goal – ‘to elevate the human condition through the built environment’. From activating main streets, to designing housing of all shapes and sizes, bringing hope to the homeless and developing strategic plans for the future growth of cities, all of the work featured is represented within a larger social framework. Each case study is evidence of LOHA’s mastery of scale, form, light, and space that gives people a true sense of place and belonging.

COVID-19, in addition to the escalating climate crisis as well as political and social unrest, has prompted us to think even more deeply about how architecture and design can serve people and the planet. Fittingly, the book’s purpose is to spark the kind of creative inspirations, ideas and questions that will give shape to our post-pandemic world. Architecture Is a Social Act shares myriad insights into the practice’s process when engaging with a new project/site, from understanding its history and context to how it is informed by the culture and ecology of the people who live there.

Texts by Lorcan O’Herlihy, Frances Anderton, Sinéad Finnerty-Pyne and Greg Goldin are accompanied by illustrations and renderings by LOHA, and photography by Iwan Baan, Lawrence Anderson, Paul Vu, and more. Don’t wait to dive in – get your copy today.