2018 New Researcher Award

Ahmed K. Ali

Ahmed is currently an assistant professor of architecture at Texas A&M University. He has been teaching and practicing architecture in the United States, Italy, Turkey and Egypt since 1998. Dr. Ali earned his Ph.D. and Masters degrees in Architecture and Design Research from the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design, a Bachelor degree of Fine Arts in Architecture from Alexandria University and a Scuola Primaria (sezione asilo-elementari) Diploma from Istituto Don Bosco Alessandria, Egitto.

Dr. Ali is the founder and director of the Resource-Based Design Research Lab at Texas A&M University. The lab is dedicated to research and develop solutions for building components and assemblies designed and fabricated from the waste-flow and by-products from industrial manufacturing. The lab partners with the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD), the industry and other academic institutions in cross-disciplinary collaboration to design and assess new forms of architecture and products. Dr. Ali is currently leading a project with General Motors and Zahner to develop building skins, envelopes and roofing systems from GM by-product sheet metal. He is a leading international figure advocating for resource reuse in the building and construction industry and his work on innovating the architectural design process for resource reuse has been published and presented in top journals, proceedings, and conferences worldwide.