Adjunct Assistant Professor


Mohamed Sharif is a founding partner of Sharif, Lynch: Architecture. Winner of the Chicago Architecture Club’s 2011 Burnham Prize he has also garnered awards for 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 LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, where he was President from 2007 to 2009.


Sharif earned a B.Sc. (Honors) in Architecture and MS 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 a RIBA Butterworth-Heinemann prize and retained in its permanent collection in 1993. 


Sharif teaches and coordinates in both undergraduate and graduate studios; and was the Director of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design’s Summer Programs, including JumpStart and Teen ArchStudio, from 2017-19.




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


Sharif, Lynch: Architecture


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