Mariya Sharif

Mariya Sharif

Boston, MA, US



Working in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Brussels and Boston as an interior architect, has given me the chance to immerse in design based on an understanding of materials, excellence in craftsmanship and an appreciation of the classics from diverse perspectives.  I seek an environment that celebrates these notions and presents modern design as an expression of beauty and quality found in the details, in the story, and as an extension of the architecture we live in, in all its temporal qualities. 

I have been working as a free-lance architect in Brussels and Amsterdam prior to relocating with my family from Copenhagen.  Throughout my time in Copenhagen, I worked at the firm of Space Architects (  The firm has a focus on high-end retail and restaurant design throughout Scandinavia.  My responsibilities included design development, 3D modeling and client presentations for the firm’s many projects, and also included managing one of the firm’s top clients, the By Malene Birger (BMB) retail group.

I have lived in and visited numerous countries around the world. This has formed a fundamental aspect of my identity, and continues to inform and inspire my work.  I passionately seek a sense of authenticity and express my style through the use of natural materials, texture, and layering of classic and contemporary elements from around the world with an understated elegance.

Throughout the course of my career, my strong organizational, interpersonal, written and creative skills have made me an asset to my team in each position I have held. In 2008, I received a Masters in Interior Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design in the US, and with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Canada and an international work experience, I have the skills to approach projects with a problem-solving and motivated mindset.


Free lance Interior / architect Designer, Brussels, BE, Interior Architect

Private Apartment - Paris
NATO Staff Center - Executive Offices - Brussels
Olivier Lempereur - Design Drawings for development of Philippe Starck South Beach Hotel in Singapore - Brussels
Private Apartment - Brussels

Sep 2011 - Sep 2013

UXUS, Amsterdam, NL, Interior Architect

Oct 2012 - Apr 2013

Space Copenhagen, Copenhagen, DK, Interior Architect

SPACE Copenhagen is an award-winning design studio, specializing in providing solutions for luxury and identity-based projects in restaurant, retail, and corporate environments. Space gained international recognition for the design of the restaurant NOMA, as well as other Michelin-starred restaurants. Main responsibilities included design development for alll new projects and management of the By Malene Birger (BMB) retail group.

Sep 2008 - Sep 2011


RISD INTAR Department of Interior Architecture, Providence, RI, US, Masters, MASTERS OF INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE

Admitted to 2-Year Advanced Standing Program (DIS Program based out of Copenhagen, DK)
Offered to 10 students.

Jun 2006 - May 2008

Boston Architectural College (BAC), Boston, MA, US, MArch, MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURE

Enlisted in full-time work-study program. Worked at the firm of Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbot from January 2005 to May 2006 prior to admittance to full-time study program.

Sep 2004 - May 2006

McGill University, Montreal, QC, CA, Bachelors, BACHELORS OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Sep 1997 - May 2002

Areas of Specialization