Ashraf Osman

Ashraf Osman

Zürich, CH



Coming from an architectural background, Ashraf Osman is interested in the intersection of art and architecture, the digitization of art, and in olfactory art. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Ashraf completed his Master of Architecture at Syracuse University in New York, USA. He has over 10 years of experience as an architect in Princeton, NJ and Philadelphia, PA where he also taught Interdisciplinary Design Foundations for 2 years at Philadelphia University. Ashraf is a Registered Architect both in the US and Lebanon. He has recently founded ARTINECT, a consultancy for connecting art both physically—by providing artwork for architectural spaces—and virtually—by managing the web presence of art entities. Ashraf is currently completing his Master of Advanced Studies at the Postgraduate Programme in Curating at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).



Philadelphia University, Adjunct Faculty

Design I & II: Interdisciplinary Foundation Studies

Aug 2009 - May 2011

KCBA Architects, Project Architect

. developed the design of a special-needs medical & dental facility (using SketchUp) and assembled a set of construction documents, following through with the construction administration
. designed the addition for an elementary school from program through computer modeling (SketchUp)
. explored numerous site options for school district-wide feasibility studies through 2-dimensional sketches & 3D-modeling, and produced & assembled the graphic material in presentation books
. detailed construction documents (using Arris) for a single-story municipal building
. managed a church renovations and additions project

Dec 2005 - Apr 2011

KieranTimberlake, Project Designer

. executed code research and prepared a feasibility study for a higher educational facility; analyzed program requirements and explored schematic design options on their basis
. rendered digitally elevation studies of cladding options for an Ivy League dormitory building
. developed, detailed and documented sectional aspects of a theater building; designed multiple options of the canopy and marquee and produced the corresponding schematic renderings (using Rhino)

Sep 2004 - Nov 2005

HDR, Project Designer

. developed the schematic design for a governmental facility using adjacency diagrams & massing models
. composed presentations & renderings for a veterinary medicine research & development facility
. developed various aspects of a governmental project from schematics to construction documents
. designed and detailed communal spaces for a corporate headquarters relocation project
. researched program requirements and prepared functional adjacency diagrams based on users' needs
. prepared the firm's AIA competition boards for two consecutive years

Jun 2002 - Sep 2004

KSS Architects, LLP, Architect Intern

. explored and documented different site options for a prospective project's feasibility study
. built physical models of schematic design options for an office building
. developed construction documents for the architecture firm's new office fit-out in Philadelphia
. prepared city board presentation panels and edited specifications for automotive service headquarters

Jun 2001 - Aug 2001

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Architect Intern

. explored design options for a financial trading desk prototype using computer modeling (3D Studio)

Jun 2000 - Aug 2000


Syracuse University, MArch, Florence Program

GPA: 3.7
Thesis Title: "Memory for Forgetfulness": Registering/Effacing the Memory of the Lebanese War

Aug 1998 - May 2002

American University of Beirut, Bachelors, Biology

GPA: 3.6
Honorable Mention

Sep 1994 - Jun 1997


A.I.A. Henry Adams Certificate for Second Highest Academic Ranking, 2nd Place


School of Architecture Graduate Assistant Prize, Award


James Britton Memorial Award for Outstanding Thesis, Award


Graduate School Research/Creative Project Grant, Grant


Cutler Scholarship Award, Scholarship


Department of International Programs Abroad (DIPA) Grant, Grant


AIA/AAF Scholarship Award for first professional degree candidate, Award


Penrose Award for the College of Arts & Sciences, Award


Areas of Specialization