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Yasmin Shariff  MA DipArch (UCL) RIBA FRSA


Yasmin Shariff is a registered architect trained at the Architectural Association and the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. She worked with award winning architectural practices including the Lobb Partnership (now Populous); Pringle Brandon, Jestico & Whiles and ACP before joining her partner at Dennis Sharp Architects. Yasmin was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster and has experience of working in the public and private sector. She served as a non-executive director of the East of England Development Agency, was a member of the UK Government’s Sustainable Round Table and Head of Design for a multi-academy sponsor. She has specialist expertise in sustainable development and was an evaluator for the European Union. More recently Yasmin has been working in the education sector and advises the Design Review Panel in Hertfordshire and has been appointed as a nominator for the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture and a judge for the World Architecture Festival.


Personal contact details
Yasmin Shariff MA DipArch (UCL) RIBA FRSA

1 Woodcock Lodge, Epping Green Hertford SG13 8ND

tel. 01707 875253
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1983 Diploma in Architecture, University College London Bartlett School


Master of Arts, Archaeology, London University School of Oriental & African Studies



Professional Registration and Membership
1998- Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts


ARCUK now ARB ref 053101D, RIBA ref 6128654
1995- British Federation of Women Graduates/ International Federation of University Women



2010 RIBA East Housing Award: Aspenden Lodge


RIBA East Housing Award: Bayford Eco-house
2006 RTPI Award: Ascot Racecourse Listed Buildings
2003 RIBA East of England Spirit of Ingenuity Award
2001 Malcolm Dean Award for Conservation
2000 Civic Trust Award Special Mention: Strawdance



Grants / Research
2008 Academy Case Studies: What Works, Edutrust


Housing Standards, Transform South Yorkshire
1999 Theory and Practice of Energy Efficient Design, European Union Thermie Award
1997 Strawdance, National Lottery Arts For Everyone Express Grant
1992 Designing for People with Mental Disabilities, Royal Institute of British Architects Research Award



Architectural Teaching (part-time)
1996-2009 Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster


Principal Lecturer and Course Leader, De Montfort University, Leicester
2000-2001 Course Director, MSc Building and Urban Design in Development Development Planning Unit, University College London
1996-9 External critic, University of Sheffield
1995-6 Design Tutor, Oxford Brookes University



Architectural Practice
2008-11 Head of Design and Architecture, EACT


Partner of Dennis Sharp Architects.
1989-91 Project Architect, Jestico + Whiles
1988-89 Project architect, Pringle Brandon
1986-1987 Project architect, Architects Co-Partnership
1984-1986 Project architect, Lobb Partnership
1979-80 Assistant to Amyas Connell, Triad Architects
1978 Assistant, Chuddha International



E-ACT Projects (Head of Design)
2008-2011 Heartlands Academy, Birmingham 950 students, £23.4m, opening Aug 2012
Shenley Academy, Birmingham, 1150 students, £22.66m opening Aug 2012
North Birmingham Academy, 1150 students, £23.4m opening Aug 2013
Parkwood Academy, Sheffield, 900 students, £18.68, opening Aug 2012
Lambeth Academy, London, 1100 students, £17.9m, opening Aug 2014
Crest Academies, London, 2,200 students, £41m, opening Aug 2014
Winsford Academy, Cheshire, 1500 students, £19.5m, opening Sept 2013-14
Leeds West, Leeds, 1500 students, £29m, opening Sept 2011
Leeds East, Leeds, 1150 students, £16m, opening Sept 2014
Oldham Academy North, Oldham, 1200 students, £18.67, opening 2013
Dartmouth Academy, Devon, 936 students, £8.27m, opening Aug 2014



DSA Selected Projects (Partner)
2007-09 Aspenden Lodge


Listed Buildings at Ascot Racecourse
2006-08 Renault Factory renovation of Norman Foster iconic factory
2005 Community Centre, Luton
2005-9 Ecohome, Bayford
2005 Community Centre, Luton
1999 Strawdance, Dance studio and community environmental project
1996 Master planning, Hastings Gateway
1994-5 Trinity Bridge (with Santiago Calatrava)



Selected Exhibitions/Conferences
2011 Aga Khan Academies Network, London
2008 Connell, Ward and Lucas, Karlsruhe


Vancouverism, Canada House, London
2006 Oscar Niemeyer, RIBA
2005 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Architectural Journalism and Criticism in Kuwait
2003 Sharp Cuts, RIBA, London
2002 Eco cities, Kew Gardens
2000 Equinox
2000 London venues: RIBA, SERA, Dome, University of Westminster
1998 Aga Khan Award for Architecture: Architecture for a Changing World, RIBA
Kisho Kurokawa Retrospective, RIBA London
Listed Building Show, Hatfield House Hatfield
1980 Bilbao 2000: Royal Festival Hall London, Portsmouth and Glasgow
Bio-Climatic Skyscrapers, Building Centre London
1994&6 Santiago Calatrava, RIBA London & Bruton St Gallery, London
1994 Connell Ward & Lucas, Building Centre London and Manchester
1992 Designing for People with Mental Disabilities, RIBA London



2011- RIBA National Council elected member
2011- Hertfordshire Design Panel
2010- World Architecture Festival, judge


Design Enabler, Transforming South Yorkshire
2005-08 External Examiner De Montfort University
2004- External Examiner University of Portsmouth
2003-09 DCMS Review of Heritage Legislation, Steering Committee member
1998- Civic Trust Assessor
2006 Co Chair, Inspire East
2003- 06 Architects Registration Board, elected Board member
2001-06 East of England Arts (Council member)
2001-06 East of England Development Agency (Board Member and Design Champion)
1998-04 RIBA National Council, elected Council member
1999-2001 European Commission Evaluator for Framework 5
1999-2002 RIBA Sustainable Futures Committee, Vice Chairman
CIC Environment Committee now Sustainable Development Committee, member
1999-2001 DETR, UK Round Table on Sustainable Development, member
1998-2001 RIBA Eastern Region, Chair
1996-1998 RIBA Hertfordshire Association of Architects, Chair



Selected Publications
Towards a New Architect, Architectural Press, 2010. Co-authored with Jane Tankard



Selected articles

Riots Updated: Why Britain is Burning, Architects’ Journal, 12 August 2011

Comment: Post BSF The Future Looks Bleak, Architects’ Journal, 14 July 2011, p10-11

The Age of Sinan, Architectural Culture in the Ottoman Empire, Architectural Review, Nov 05 p94

Volume Hysteria, Planning in London, Oct 2004, p31-2

Volume Builders can’t deliver communities, Building Design, 9 July 04
Renaissance Britain, Sunday Times Magazine, Hugh Pearman, 30 April 00 p 32
Sustaining the Development, Building Design, Hattie Hartman, 31 March 00 p25
Hay and Why, Building Design, Robert Bevan, 22 January 1999 p17-19
Misunderstanding Architecture, Architects' Journal, 27 Feb 1997 p24-5
Cities of the Future, Architects' Journal, 4 July 1996 p24-6
Facades of the Future, International Architecture & Construction, Vol 2, London1994 p63-9
Damage Limitation, Building Magazine Housing Supplement, London March 1993, p11-14
Zanzibar Village Builds on African and European Ideas, Architects' Journal, 7 Oct 1992 p27
Art of Aquatecture, World Architecture, No 12, London1991 p54-7
Water Structures of the Sultanate of Gujarat, Architectural Association Quarterly, Vol 13 No4, London,1982 p34-40



Architectural Criticism and Journalism: Global Perspectives, ed Mohammad Al-Asad with Majd Musa. ‘Critical Culture: Lifting the Fog on Kuwait City’ Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007 p181

The Guinness Book of Records 1492, ed Deborah Manley, London 1992

The Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World, ed Paul Oliver, Cambridge 1998
The Illustrated Dictionary of Architects and Architecture, ed Dennis Sharp, London 1991
Criticism in Architecture, ed Robert Powell, Singapore: Concept Media/The Aga Khan Award for Architecture 1989. p44



Conference Papers/Speeches/Lectures
UIA Conference, CICA Session, New Academies, Turin, June 2008

Conservation of Concrete, Karlsruhe University, May 2008

British Federation of University Graduates Regional Conference, Historic Homes of the Future, Cambridge, 11 March 2007
Keynote speech: Diverse City Exhibition opening, Girton College, Cambridge, Monday 23 October 2006
Dialogue of Cities, Nairobi, Jua Kali, 20th Century City, Vancouver, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, June 2006
Perceptions versus Mainstream Constructions of English Muslims Ghettoised: The Future of Multicultural Built Environment, Critical Culture, Demolishing the Demons, Birmingham 12 July 06
Kyoto Local: Concern into Action, Eco-efficiency, St Albans Abbey, April 2006
Sustainable Seduction, University of Mexico City, June 2005
East Coast Connections: Africa and S America, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico 13 June 2005
AKAF Conference, Critical Culture, Lifting the Fog on Kuwait City, Kuwait City, 6-7 December 2005
RTPI East of England Branch Conference, Cultural Regeneration, Cambridge, 2 November 2004
After dinner speech, Thunderers, Palle-maille then and – Pell-mell now!, Travellers Club, 2.12.04
Keynote Speech, EEDA: Women’s Enterprise Strategic Framework, 13 October 2004
Sustainable Homes Conference, Renewable Energy for Multiple Occupancy Buildings (REMOB), Warwick University, April 1998
Workshop at the International Federation of University Women Council Meeting, Sustainable Development and Women, Geneva, July 1997
Address to the UN Plenary on Sustainability at the Habitat 11 Istanbul Conference as an NGO representative of the International Federation of University Women June 1996
The Uses of Tradition in Building Sustainable Environments: Traditional N Indian Ecological Architecture. 4th Conference of IASTE Tunis Dec 1994
Conservation of Architectural Heritage: City of London: Facilitating Conservation and Urban Renewal, Amman Jordan Nov 1993



TV and Radio
2009 One Show


Vancouver: Dialogue of Cities
2002 Anglia News
2001-6 Landmark East
2001 Sky TV: Dream Palaces


Curriculum vitae
'Women can make it to the top but the exceptions mask a kernal of inequality and discrimination'

Writings available on CICArchitecture:
Gulru Necipoglu: The Age of Sinan - Architectural Culture in the Ottoman Empire (Review)


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