Irvin Shaifa was born in Monrovia, Liberia, but raised predominately in both Trenton, New Jersey, and Louisville, Kentucky. Irvin Shaifa attended the University of Kentucky where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. His interest in architectural drawing and fabrication resulted in a series of publications including “Microhybrid” project with Thomas Lanham in ECAAD, and a spread in The Archiologist magazine. These interests developed further when assisting in the fabrication of The Exchange, and Quicksilver by Oyler Wu Collaborative.
Since the completion of his Internship with the award-winning firm, Irvin Shaifa has continued his studies at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) to further hone how architectural drawing and building may be a one to “infinite one” relationship. While at SCI-Arc, Irvin has further this way of thinking with SCI-Arc’s student publication, being promoted to senior editor for the 2019-2020 semesters. Irvin has also accomplished research in Peter Noever’s recent exhibition at SCI-Arc. These interests has since developed his approach to drawing and fabrication through research and writing.