Ms. Sharples holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of Business and Social Science, University of Maryland, and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, where she graduated with Honors for excellence in design and was a recipient of the William Kinne Fellowship for post-graduate travel and research. Ms. Sharples interned at Raphael Vinoly Architects prior to establishing SHoP Architects with her fellow Principals. She has taught at the Parsons School of Design, volunteers in the New York City public schools, and sits on the local Borough of Manhattan Community Board. Ms. Sharples writes and lectures frequently about the firm’s work and issues facing the profession.
The firm, SHop, in it’s core philosophy believe in “both ideas and profitability”. An excerpt from their website outlines the firm:
While we are well-versed in the ongoing development of architectural theories, our expertise and ambition extends beyond the discussion and design of buildings. We look at an entire project and consider the site, the cultural and economic environment, a client’s physical needs and budget constraints, as well as construction techniques, branding, marketing, and post-occupancy issues. We use evolving computer-aided design technologies not only to produce innovative architectural forms but to streamline the design and construction process and create new efficiencies and cost-savings. Great architecture demands that design, finance, and technology work together – we’re combining these forces in innovative ways to create a new model for the profession. Seventeen years ago we set out to prove that intelligent, exciting, evocative architecture can be made in the real world, with real world constraints. We believe our work presents a convincing argument that we were right.
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