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A Japanese-style respect for nature and an inspired use of materials drives the modernist work of award-winning architect Takashi Yanai, partner of esteemed Los Angeles/San Francisco architecture firm Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney (EYRC). In a new webcast series, “SPOTLIGHT WITH ZAHID SARDAR” the award-winning architect converses with acclaimed design editor Zahid Sardar touching on the central themes that define the work of EYRC, with examples of four stunning residences in Northern California. Yanai and Sardar discuss the fusion of California modernism and Japanese design that blurs the boundaries between indoors and outdoors — and also presciently incorporates strategies for a post-Covid-19 world.

Takashi Yanai, FAIA has been the Residential Studio Director since 2004 where he leads the firm’s efforts in the design and execution of award-winning single family residences. Takashi’s projects have been published extensively in the national and international press. Takashi brings a keen sensitivity and interest in site and context coupled with a strong appreciation for the craft of building and materiality born of his dual Californian and Japanese heritage. His houses are a lasting and profound articulation of the relationship between man and nature that underscores architecture’s power to enhance our environments. Prior to practicing architecture, Takashi was an editor at GA Houses in Tokyo where he had the privilege of engaging with the world’s finest residential architects. Takashi is very active in the AIA Committee on Design, and is currently also on the SFMOMA Photography and Accessions Committee. He is currently a visiting lecturer at the USC School of Architecture, and lectures throughout the world. Alongside architecture, Takashi has a strong interest in photography and social media. His professional activities, travels and personal interests are well-documented and widely followed (60,000 followers) on his Instagram account @t_yanai.

ZAHID SARDAR is a San Francisco-based editor, writer, and curator specializing in architecture, interiors, and design. He has authored many design books, curated exhibitions, and was the San Francisco Chronicle’s design editor for 20 years. Most recently he was the editor-in-chief of Spaces Magazine. His work has also appeared in New York Times, Dwell, Interiors, Western Interiors & Design, Interior Design, House & Garden, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and Landscape Architecture. He has taught design history at the California College of the Arts and has written several other books, including “In & Out of Paris: Gardens of Secret Delights”, “West Coast Modern” and “New Garden Design”.

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