James Wright | FAIA, NCARB

Sherif Anis | AIA, NCARB, Riba

Secretary, AIA International Region
Design Director at Gulf Related

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A founding member of the AIA Middle East Board of Directors, Sherif has served as the Chapter's Founding Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President and was the 2013 and 2016 President.  Sherif also served on the AIA International Board of Directors serving as the founding Zone 1 Region Director.

With a rich and diverse experience in the USA, London and the GCC, Sherif relocated to Abu Dhabi from Boston in 2008 and is actively involved in projects in both Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia. An architectural generalist with more than 27 years' experience working in Architecture, Interior Design and Urban Planning, his work ranges from residential, hospitality, retail and commercial buildings to academic and institutional facilities, all of which possess the qualities that make any type of project successful, attractive, sustainable, and most importantly, livable.

An award-winning and published designer, Sherif is a regular speaker, panelist and chairperson at regional conferences and for design award juries. He has been ranked in the 'Power 100' most influential people in the GCC's construction industry.

Sherif holds a Bachelor of Architecture from New York's Syracuse University School of Architecture and is also a member of the Boston Society of Architects and a registered licensed architect in the State of Massachusetts.