Karl Sharro is an architect, writer and commentator on the Middle East. He is Senior Associate Partner at PLP Architecture in London and co-author of Manifesto: Towards a New Humanism in Architecture. He has practiced architecture in London and Beirut, and taught for five years at the American University of Beirut.
Karl has written for a number of international publications, such as World Architecture News, Die Presse (Austria), Springerin (Austria), Mark Magazine (Holland), Novo (Germany), Urban Design, (UK) Glass (UK) and Blueprint (UK), An-nahar Cultural Supplement (Lebanon) and he contributes regularly to the online publication Culture Wars.
He wrote a chapter on Density vs Sprawl in the The Future of Community: Reports of a Death Greatly Exaggerated.He also wrote a chapter entitled 'The Visionary City' in the upcoming The Lure of the City: From Slums to Suburbs. (Published in September 2011)
He has spoken on a range of issues such as art, architecture, urbanism and politics. He also appeared on the BBC World Service, Russia Today, BBC Radio Ulster, and City Talk in Liverpool.