With a background in graphic design and an interest in points of connection between architecture and sensory experience, Ali views design challenges from multiple perspectives. His co-op positions as a Bachelor of Architecture student at the University of Waterloo included being part of KPMB Architects’ team on the Massey Hall Revitalization in Toronto and working on several projects at various design stages within a multi-building, mixed-use development for WXY Architecture + Urban Design in New York City. While working toward his B.Arch., he became increasingly interested in Finnish architect Juhani Palasmaa’s definition of architecture as “an extension of nature into the man-made realm.” Ali’s 2020 Comprehensive Design Studio subject was The Dialogue and Collaboration Garden – a grouping of garden-surrounded meeting rooms designed to host difficult conversations. He regards working with PLANT prior to commencing his M.Arch. as an opportunity to better understand and build upon the interrelationship between landscape and architecture.