UCLA Extension

James Ehrenclou

Instructor Biography:

MArch, Rhode Island School of Design; Principal, Ehrenclou Architects, a small firm specializing in high-end commercial/residential architecture and interiors; past projects include the design and development of a large resort on the Island of Anguila in the British Honduras as well as many custom homes and renovations in the U.S. in Caribbean; former experience includes design/management positions at Daniel, Mann, Johnson and Mendenhall and Cannell & Chaffin Interiors, roles for the AIA/LA, and board member of the AIACC Design Committee, state chapter. James was honored with the 2008 Instructor of the Year award at the annual Arts Outstanding Instructor Awards ceremony.


James teaches Master’s Level courses: Research and Programming Methodologies and Master’s Project Interior Architecture Studio. Registration for these courses is restricted to MIA students only. MIA student must register for Master’s Project Interior Architecture Studio via BroncoDirect.

Click below to see if James Ehrenclou is teaching a course this quarter.

ARCH X 497Research and Programming Methodologies

ARCH X 498.1Master’s Project Interior Architecture Studio


What students are saying:

In regards to Master’s Project Interior Architecture Studio:

Student remarks for this class coming soon! Check back later for updated information.

In regards to Research and Programming Methodologies:

“James Ehrenclou is, in my opinion, the best of the all the studio instructors and I made a deliberate choice to wait a quarter to take Research & Programming and Thesis studio from him. I have learned SO MUCH from him-for that I am grateful.”

“James required us to read/analyze 2 books, which I originally thought may be not the best use of time/resources but it turned out to be pivotal in my learning and almost the most important assignment for me. Reading the two books made me better, and made me a more thoughtful designer.”

In regards to Interior Design Studio III:

“I felt there was a clear goal and each week’s expectations inched us towards that goal.”

“This class was an immense amount of work, but I did learn so much about the overall scope of work for a design project.”

General remarks about the instructor:

“His wealth of knowledge and teaching style are a perfect complement to how I learn. He is NOT easy, and he is a very tough grader. He really cares about pulling the best work out of his students and works with students individual strengths and most importantly, their weaknesses to make them better designers.”

“He is an excellent instructor: patient, objective, descriptive, well versed, very knowledgeable, treats everyone fairly, and gives thoughtful/excellent feedback.”

“James is very knowledgeable. He has a way of making critiquing work in a way that is productive and supportive of our ideas. He always comes up with great ways to help resolve our design challenges.”

“James is a great instructor and helps you in developing your own design ideas and not changing it. He was very patient and helped everyone out individually while the group learned from the other person’s questions or mistakes.”


Instructor Website: Ehrenclou Architects