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Rashid Ali, Architect

Rashid Ali BA(Hons), DipArch, MSc, ARB is an architect, urbanist and educator with extensive experience and broad interests in cultural context, landscape urbanism, urban design and the threshold between art and architecture.

Ali studied Architecture at the Bartlett School (UCL) and City Design and Social Science at the London School of Economics. Between 2001 and 2006 he worked at Adjaye Associates – the practice of the award winning architect David Adjaye, where as project architect he was involved in the development and realization of a number of high profile public projects such as the Ideas Store libraries, London, Nobel Peace Centre, Oslo and the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Denver, as well as overseeing small arts projects that included collaborations with artists Chris Ofili and Olafur Eliasson. He was also involved in the design and construction of a number of critically acclaimed bespoke houses in London and New York. After gaining considerable practice experience he established RA Projects as a collaborative research studio to pursue themes and areas of interest through teaching, research and building.

Ali values the merit in combining practice with academia as such crosspollination stimulates innovation. He is currently the programme leader in Interior Architecture at the University of East London and a visiting lecturer at the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge.

Ali is the recipient of the prestigious Giles Worsley Fellowship in Architecture at the British School in Rome. His research on the urban transformations of Mogadishu was presented in the critically acclaimed exhibition Mogadishu – Lost Moderns in London and Dak’Art 2014. Alongside practice and teaching, he researches on and regularly writes on architecture and urbanism and in particular on spatial, social, economic and cultural transformations in emerging cities and economies.