Giraffe builds structures that are both elegant and utilitarian, seeking to enhance the livability of urban environments.
With a focus on high density neighborhoods, we are reimagining the LA home through a series of multi-residential, live-work, mixed-use, and affordable housing projects that inspire human connection and respond directly to the changing needs of Los Angeles.
Our company is committed to the core values of creativity, pragmatism, and responsibility which is why we personally usher each project through every stage of development from inception to occupancy. This linear process offers a unified vision, shorter construction periods, and better design.
We’re a family business creating a new kind of interactive living environment for our city, from the ground up.
Joe Sharaf (b. 1985) is a designer and builder from Los Angeles, CA. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from USC and is a licensed general contractor with the state of California.
Joe began his career in Shanghai as a designer at MADA s.p.a.m. before moving to WET in Los Angeles, California. He later served as a project manager at sbe in collaboration with Philippe Starck for design and construction of the SLS Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Most recently Sharaf was VP of construction at Larian Development.
In 2016, with his uniquely broad base of expertise in design, construction, and real estate development, Joe founded Giraffe with his father Morris.