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Mohamed Sharif

Associate Adjunct Professor and Director, Undergraduate Program

Serving on the faculty since 2011, Sharif teaches in both undergraduate and graduate design studios and technology seminars and is Director of the Undergraduate Program.

Sharif's architecture practice, Sharif, Lynch: Architecture, has completed several award-winning projects in metropolitan Los Angeles across various types and scales. Unifying the projects is a frank, elemental sensibility and economy of gestural and systemic means that extend and expand upon the optimism of experimental expressions of modern architecture. To this end, measured combinations of abstraction, spatial plasticity, scalar manipulation, typo-logical evolution, repetitive assembly, and material matter-of-factness result in atmospheric and aesthetic properties and theatrical qualities simultaneously spartan and luxurious, laconic yet lively.

In addition to his professional and teaching activities, Sharif is a critic whose essays and reviews have appeared in journals, periodicals, and catalogs, including 306090, arq, Constructs, JAE, the Getty Center, and Log. He served on the editorial board of arq (Cambridge University Press) from 2006 to 2016 and on the advisory board of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, where he served as President from 2007 to 2009.

Sharif holds a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Architecture and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Studies from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen, Scotland. He spent his third year of undergraduate study at the Illinois Institute of Technology as an exchange student. His master's design thesis earned the James B. Johnston Thesis Prize, and his undergraduate dissertation "On Venturi and Scott Brown" garnered a RIBA Butterworth-Heinemann prize and is retained in the RIBA library's permanent collection.

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Urban Strategy
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  • Sharif, Lynch: Architecture
  • Education
    M.S in Advanced Architectural Studies, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Post Graduate Diploma, DI, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
    B.Sc Architecture (Hons.) , The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland
    2022 AIA | LA Design Awards: Single-Family Residential Merit Award, "Infill ADU"
    2017 AIA | LA Design Awards: AIA | LA Design Awards: Single-Family Residential Merit Award
    2013 AIA | LA Design Awards: Single-Family Residential Merit Award
    2011 Burnham Prize, Chicago Architectural Club competition: First Place (Bureau for Architecture and Design)
    2008 Architecture Department Lecture Hall Competition finalist: RISD, Providence, RI (Sharif Guest Studio)
    2004 AIA | LA Design Awards: Honor Award
    2003 AIA | LA Design Awards: Citation
    2002 American Institute of Architects/Inland Chapter Design Awards: Honor Award
    1999 Boston Society of Architects, Unbuilt Architecture Awards: Honorable Mention, (Sharif Guest Studio)
    1999 Urban Design Ideas Competition for the Downtown Arts District, Los Angeles: First Place (Sharif Guest Studio)
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