Assistant Adjunct Professor and Director, Summer Programs


Sharif is a founding partner of Sharif, Lynch: Architecture. A recipient of the Chicago Architecture Club’s 2011 Burnham Prize he has also garnered several awards for built and un-built projects from the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Boston Society of Architects. 

His essays and reviews have been published in journals and periodicals including: 306090, arq, Constructs, JAE, and Log. He served on the editorial board of arq (Cambridge University Press) from 2006 to 2016 and currently serves on the advisory board of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, where he served as President from 2007 to 2009.

Sharif was awarded both 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 and received the James B. Johnston Thesis Prize. His undergraduate dissertation “On Venturi and Scott Brown” was awarded an RIBA Butterworth-Heinemann prize and was retained in its permanent collection in 1993. 

In addition to his teaching duties, Sharif is also the Director of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design's Summer Programs including JumpStart and TeenArch Studio.



MS in Advanced Architectural Studies, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Post Graduate Diploma (with highest distinction), The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
B Sc (Hons.) Architecture, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland


2013 American Institute of Architects/Los Angeles Chapter Design Awards: 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 American Institute of Architects/Los Angeles Design Awards: Honor Award

2003 American Institute of Architects/Los Angeles Chapter Design Awards: Citation, 2003 (Sharif Guest Studio)

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)

1994 James B Johnston Diploma Year Prize, The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Aberdeen

1993 RIBA Dissertation Prize