Karl Sharro


Karl Sharro is a Partner at PLP, an urban designer and a writer. He has more than 20 years’ experience in architectural practice and has taught for five years at the Department of Architecture and Design at American University of Beirut. He writes for a number of international publications, such as Mark Magazine, Glass, World Architecture News, The Architectural Review and Blueprint. He has also contributed to BBC broadcasts and TV programmes on architecture and urbanism.


Karl’s experience encompasses a broad range of architectural projects, from financial headquarters buildings, residential and mixed-use developments to entertainment destinations and public spaces. Most recently he worked on a number of large-scale projects integrating urban and architectural design. He has worked on developments in the Middle East, Britain and Europe.


Karl, while at KPF, was the lead designer for the Education Zone for the Aerospace City Masterplan project in Qatar. He has designed and coordinated its main campus, incorporating the Aeronautical College, Aerospace University, the flight simulator centre and student accommodation. Prior to his engagement on the project, he designed elements of the expansion of the Abu Dhabi International Airport in its Midfield Terminal Complex development, currently in construction.


More recently, Karl has been in charge of the design of the Whitechapel Estate, a major residential-led mixed-used development in East London and One Embassy Gardens, an office building facing the new United States Embassy in London. Prior to that he worked on Carey Street, a mixed-use development in Westminster, and 20 Blackfriars, a mixed-use development in London’s Southwark. His previous design experience includes working on the largest office headquarters project in London for J.P. Morgan.


Prior to that he was the senior designer of Al-Asima, a retail and office development in Kuwait City; designer on the Pinnacle - a landmark office development, which was to be the tallest building in London; an office tower refurbishment in the Paris district of La Defense, and Andromede, an office building in Toulouse. Karl’s project experience also includes a refurbishment proposal for the iconic Tour Montparnasse in Paris.


Karl received his Master of Science degree in City Design and Social Science through the Cities Programme of the London School of Economics and his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.