Asmaa Abu Assaf

Asmaa Abu Assaf

Los Angeles, CA, US

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Architecture functions primary as a piece of functional art intended to provide spatial experiences suited to a perceived idea of human comfort. Architecture is thus a combination of experiential creativity and functional space making. Architecture secondarily becomes a contextually and culturally driven piece within a larger urban fabric that potentially tells a story of the design process, the context, and analysis of a particular site location. This story develops into a way to provide a set of guidelines for critics and professionals to judge and evaluate the project. It is nearly impossible for any professional to critique a project solely from graphic representation. It is equally difficult to understand the ideas that generate form, without an understanding of the context, time, and location of a project.

Asmaa Abu Assaf received a NAAB accredited Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), Sharjah, United Arab Emirates in 2017. She received her Master’s Degree in Architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, California in 2019.

She has worked at LOCI Architecture + Design in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at DW5/ Bernard Khoury in Beirut, Lebanon, at Studio Kinch in Los Angeles, California, and at Atelier Manferdini in Venice, California. 

She was born and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and holds the Syrian nationality.



Studio Kinch, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern

Jan 2019 - Feb 2019

Atelier Manferdini, Venice, CA, US, Intern

Apr 2018 - Aug 2018

Bernard Khoury / DW5, Los Angeles, Intern

Jun 2016 - Jul 2016

LOCI Architecture + Design, Dubai, AE, Intern

Jun 2015 - Jul 2015


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2017 - Sep 2019

American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, AE, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2012 - Jun 2017