yasmin shariff

Director , Dennis Sharp Architects

Yasmin Shariff is a director of Dennis Sharp Architects working on ecological, heritage and community design. Yasmin taught design at the University of Westminster and now focuses on practice and her own developments. She won an EU Thermie Research Grant promoting energy efficient design, bringing together the expertise of eight European research institutes and Universities. Her own projects embody eco principals and include the Lottery funded, Strawdance. She recently renovated a Grade 2 Listed Georgian country house in Hertfordshire transforming it from a gas guzzling £1000 per week heating cost to a mere £25. The 18th Century Georgian elegance of the original house has been enhanced and seamlessly integrates 21st century technology into its fabric. She has won several heritage, RIBA and Civic Trust awards. Yasmin was the first architect appointed as a non-executive director of a Regional Development Agency. Her work at the East of England Development Agency where she initiated many regeneration and development projects and brought the East England into international focus through the Landmark East competition. Yasmin is well known in the profession for her work on gender and race equality. As a trustee of the Architectural Association, she imitated- AA-XX to promote research and recognition of women's contribution to the profession. This multi-faceted project marked the centenary of women at the AA and created networks of research, support and opportunity. She has held the profession to account on diversity issues and continues to promote women architects in the media and Wikipedia. Yasmin was elected onto RIBA Council and served as Honorary Secretary and Chair of the RIBA Eastern Region. She is a design advisor to Design South East and has contributed to many international and national judging panels. Her practice does a significant amount of pro bono work, currently supporting communities in the Isle of Dogs and internationally.