National Veterans Resource Complex Competition Finalist
Since 1996, SHoP has modeled a new way forward with their unconventional approach to design. At the heart of the firm’s method is a willingness to question accepted patterns of practice, coupled with the courage to expand, where necessary, beyond the architect’s traditional roles. Founding partner William Sharples has been at the center of this collaborative practice for twenty years, leading educational projects and technology initiatives across the studio.
Sharples has served as lead partner on many of SHoP’s most prominent projects, including the Botswana Innovation Hub, Google Headquarters Offices, the New Academic Building at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the award-winning Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn.
Beyond the studio, Sharples is a powerful advocate for the role of contemporary technologies as tools to promote humanist values through design. He recently completed the development of a laboratory space and integrated curriculum for a robotics program at the Benchmark School in Media, Pennsylvania.
William Sharples’ dedication to moving the profession forward continues in his commitment to lecturing and teaching, where he brings SHoP’s message—about the unity of technological invention, artistic inspiration, and public responsibility—to students across the country.
SHoP has recently been named as one of 7 finalists for the design of the future Obama Presidential Library in Chicago.