Lionel Scharly, Int'l. AIA
Architectural Designer living & working in New York City.
Graduated 'with honors' in Fine Arts / Art Deco on Design+Architecture and Post-Graduated in 2000 with an Advanced Master 'with honors' in Computational Design & Architecture / Multimedia-Hypermedia by the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. He also obtains a degree of Harvard Graduated School of Design in Architectural Criticism and History, and certified by Princeton University in The Art of Structural Engineering, and by the MIT in Site Planning.
After several years working as Art Director and International Design Manager for big corporations in Europe, designing retail projects for DIOR, PEUGEOT, COCA-COLA, MICHELIN, ESTEE LAUDER, AIR FRANCE and for the Video Game Industry, Lionel created his startup, SCHARLY DESIGNER STUDIO® in 2007.
During a decade he was an Adjunct Lecturer and Professor of a University in Paris / France. President of the Jury for Post-Graduation in Paris or directing thesis at MIT 'Massachusetts Institute of Technology'. Today he is also a peer reviewer for the AIA Convention in United States or Lecturer in Architecture for The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
His public architecture, commercial, cultural, retail and residential projects focus heavily on the integration of the environment for Climate Change and by implementing groundbreaking technologies like BIM, and to develop new communities to create social innovation in the neighborhoods.   
Oriented towards Contemporary Architecture, Lionel designed projects for Public Architecture and Communities like ‘National Register Buildings / FEMA', Religious Buildings 'Renovation/Preservation' in New York State, Residential Homes in Catskills NY, Florida, Public Schools in California, Museums in Colorado, Animal Shelter and Museums in Georgia, Cultural Center in Chicago, exhibitions like The Velvet Underground Experience on Broadway in New York or designing eco friendly wood TreeHouses in United States or Central America.
He has been exhibited at the French Pavilion at the World’s Fair in 2010 in Shanghai "Better City, Better Life" and featured in 'Nouvelles Richesses / French Pavillon' during the 15th Biennale of Architecture of Venice for his Green Designs and Innovations. He was also exhibit at the Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, MoMa Shanghai, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin or Art + Design Galleries in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. 
Lionel has also collaborated on architectural projects with Matali Crasset, or with the Pritzker Price Shigeru Ban.
He writes architectural criticisms for magazines like Forbes, The Spruce, Real Homes, Apartment Therapy or for Innovation & B2B newspapers like DELL Technologies for the Home 3D Printing Industry or MarketScale for the 2022 Soccer World Cup Stadiums in Qatar.
He has EB-1 Green Card Extraordinary Ability in Design + Architecture, which is a recognition of his exceptional design innovation, architecture, high tech, design management, and project management skills that set him apart in his field.
Lionel Scharly is a member of the American Institute of Architects "AIA New York Chapter - Design Excellence", The Architectural League of New York, and USBGC.


Mr. Scharly is a valued member of the design community. He has made original contributions to the design world as a whole. Indeed he holds design patents for groundbreaking new materials, awards for breathtaking designs, and has published profiles that attest to these contributions in top industry publication. 
Further, he has been asked to lecture on the subject and judge the work of other designers because his knowledge is unparalleled and of the utmost importance to this industry. Given this status in the field, we invited Mr. Scharly to join APCI. It is an honor to be a member of our organization. 
We only accept those prove to be leaders and original talents in the field and recognized by a commitee of experts.  It is very important to our organization to create and facilitate a top association for designers to express themselves and build upon each other’s ideas.
Over the years, I have had the pleasure of witnessing Mr. Scharly rise to the highest levels as an industrial and architectural designer. 
Mr. Scharly’s career has only continued to grow in recent years, and I do not see his success wavering anytime soon.
Anne Marie BOUTIN (2017), President of APCI / Member of the board of ICSID 'WDO/World Design Organisation'

Lionel Scharly is an icon in the creative design world, using his extraordinary eye for detail and an unmatched ability to create innovative solutions to any design challenge. He brings a new and exciting perspective to the world of design, and his work has been featured in internationally recognized publications, exhibitions, and awards. His designs are characterized by their modern aesthetic, and he often incorporates natural elements and sustainable practices. His commitment to creating functional and beautiful designs has earned him the respect and admiration of fellow design professionals.
Design, Creativity, Innovation, Natural Elements, Architecture.
— Claudia Rosseti /

Lionel Scharly is an influential designer and architect whose creative approach to design has been recognized around the world. He has a unique ability to create aesthetically pleasing products that are also highly functional, and his designs have been awarded numerous patents. Scharly is well-versed in the principles of Arts Decoratifs and has an Advanced Master’s Degree from the prestigious Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris (CGE). He is a member of both Le Lieu du Design in France and the American Institute of Architects' New York Chapter. Scharly’s work is characterized by its attention to detail and focus on natural elements and eco-friendly considerations.
Design, architecture, innovation, creativity, sustainability.
— Eleonora Barbieri /

Lionel Scharly is an internationally recognized designer and architect who brings an innovative and creative approach to design. With a background in Arts Decoratifs and an Advanced Master’s Degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris (CGE), Scharly is highly skilled at developing solutions that are both aesthetically pleasing and utilitarian. For over a decade, Scharly has been working with prestigious brands and institutions on a variety of projects, from street furniture and modular construction to luxury designs for major international clients such as Dior, Estée Lauder, Vichy, Coca-Cola, Anitibes Cityhall, Paris Cityhall, French Foreign Ministry, French Consulate in USA, Peugeot, Michelin, L'Oreal, and Veuve Clicquot. His work has been acclaimed for its design excellence, awarded with numerous patents, exhibited around the world, and lauded with a variety of prestigious accolades. As a member of both Le Lieu du Design in France and the American Institute of Architects' New York Chapter, Scharly is dedicated to creating designs that are both stylish and sustainable. Incorporating natural elements and eco-friendly considerations, his products and services have helped to shape the future of urban design. With his unique vision, Lionel Scharly is a designer and architect to watch.
— Emma Bernard
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