Adjunct Professor


Roger Sherman, AIA is a Design Director in charge of urban initiatives at Gensler LA. Previously, Roger was founder of Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design in Culver City. His work has been featured in Newsweek and Fast Company, and on CNN and The History Channel. It has also been exhibited at many prominent international venues, including the 2009, 2010 and 2016 Rotterdam and Venice (IT) Biennales (for the design of the new town of Providencia, in the Ecuadorian Amazon; Playa Rosa, a public/private community-based development in South LA; and Thinking Outside the Big Box, an urban infill cum community investment strategy for Target); and at the Victoria and Albert Museum (Flex-Deck-Spec House, 2007). Award-winning larger-scale urban planning work includes RePark, an end-use plan for FreshKills Landfill (Staten Island, NY); UP THE BLOC, the repurposing of a downtown LA parking structure; and Chia Mesa, the repurposing of a Scottsdale, AZ stripmall; and HYPO-PARK, a high density model of public recreation space for underserved communities in L.A.


Since joining Gensler, Mr. Sherman has won an AIA Award for two new urban open riverfront parks in Wuhan, China; completed a new Infrastructure and urban development plan for northern Haiti; a digitally-driven signage and public space installation for the Sunset Strip; and a street furniture prototype for the LACoMotion festival in LA’s Arts District. Currently, he is working on mobile public exhibition pavilion for LA’s Dept. of Transportation, and four permanent supportive housing projects for Skid Row Housing Trust, pioneering the incorporation of pre-fabricated units. 


Roger was from 2006-2015 Co-Director (with Dana Cuff) of cityLAB, an urban design thinktank at UCLA, where he is a full Adjunct Professor. He is author of several books, including “LA Under the Influence: the Hidden Logic of Urban Property”, “RE American Dream”, and most recently, “Fast Forward Urbanism”, with Dr. Cuff. Mr. Sherman serves on the Board of Zocalo Public Square, and is a past boardmember of AIA/LA; Livable Places, a non-profit affordable housing developer; and the Westside Urban Forum. A graduate with Distinction from the Harvard Design School, he has taught and lectured widely, including at Harvard, Princeton, Michigan, UC Berkeley, New York's MoMA and TEDx.




M.A., Harvard University- GSD
B.A., University of Pennsylvania


Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design


2009 LARC Award, “Target: Thinking Out of the Big Box”

2008 First Merit Award, Chia Mesa, Flip-a-Strip Competition

2008 “Star of Design” (Urban Design), Pacific Design Center/WestWeek

2007 AIA Los Angeles, NextLA Award, Railyard Park, Santa Fe,

2007 AIA Los Angeles, NextLA Award, Gateway Park, Toledo,

2006 Home of the Year Award, 3-in-1 House, Architect Magazine

2006 Canadian Center for Architecture, Finalist, James Stirling Memorial Lectures on the City

2004 AIA Los Angeles Design Award, (3 - in - 1 House)

2003 P/A Honor Award, RePark: Freshkills Landfill End Use Plan

2003 American Society of Landscape ArchitectsHonor Award,
RePark: Freshkills Landfill End Use Plan

2002 AIA Los Angeles, NextLA Award, RePark: Freshkills Landfill End Use Plan

Built Work:
2003 3-in-1 House, Santa Monica, CA, 2003

2005 Second Place, Toledo Gateway Park Design competition

2002 Second Place, Railyard Park Design Competition

2001 Second Place, Freshkills LandFill to Landscape Design Competition