Claus Benjamin Freyinger is co-principal and co-founder of The LADG. Benjamin is a Guest Lecturer at the University of California Los Angeles, Department of Architecture and Urban Design. His design interests include the repurposing of architecture of architectural history for contemporary audiences, and building relationships between architecture and fine art practice. Prior to co-founding The LADG Benjamin held positions at Mones and Partner, Architects in Munich, Germany, and Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects and Planners in New York. He holds a B.A. in Art History from Boston College with a Minor in Fine Arts from the Ludwig Maximilian’s University in Munich, Germany. Benjamin received his M. Arch from UCLA in 2005. Prior to working in the field of architecture he gained fine art curatorial experience working for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy.
Mohamed Sharif, AIA, is a partner in Sharif, Lynch: Architecture and Assistant Adjunct Professor in the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design serving on faculty since 2011. He teaches in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Currently, he is the Director of the Undergraduate Program and was the Director of the Summer Programs from 2017-19. With twenty-five years of professional experience, Mohamed has completed numerous award-winning projects in many sectors. An active critic, Mohamed’s essays and reviews have appeared in a broad array of publications including 306090, arq, Constructs, JAE, and Log. His most recent essay is the introduction to SO-IL’s work in the Japanese journal a+u. He served on the editorial board of arq: Architectural Research Quarterly (Cambridge University Press) from 2006 to 2016; and was a longtime advisory board member of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, previously leading it as President from 2007 to 2009. Mohamed holds a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Architecture and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Studies from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen, Scotland. He spent his third year of undergraduate study at the Illinois Institute of Technology as an exchange student. His master’s design thesis earned the James B. Johnston Thesis Prize, and his undergraduate dissertation “On Venturi and Scott Brown” garnered a RIBA Butterworth-Heinemann prize. In 1993, the RIBA retained the dissertation in its permanent collection.