Ahmed Aly

Aly has over 14 years of design experience in a diverse range of building types that include schools, commercial and office spaces, libraries, residential units and resorts.

  • I’m from  Alexandria, Egypt.

  • My education  BSc, Architecture, Alexandria University; M.Arch, Boston Architectural College

  • Notable accomplishments/awards  BAC 2016: Edwin T. Steffian Centennial Best Thesis Award; “Spotlight,” featured article in BAC Practice Magazine, Fall 2015; First Place: National Design Competition of New Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt, 2008; School Of Fine Arts Honors Award: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

  • Why PCA?  I was looking for a midsize firm with a focus on diversity and that prioritizes the firm's culture. PCA offered me an opportunity to expand my design skills in conjunction with documentation and detailing.

  • My earliest design memory  During high school, I read "Architecture for Poor," by Hassan Fathy, a famous Egyptian architect, about designing buildings for unprivileged people to enhance their quality of life using sustainable and local materials.

  • Materials that excite me  Wood and stone. Natural materials generally give that sense of an open invitation to touch and interact with them.

  • The most inspiring part of my job is  the beginning, when ideas are floating around and I'm having design discussions and charrettes with my team.

  • Cats or dogs?  Dogs

  • Coffee or tea?  Tea

  • Favorite book  The Forty Rules of Love, by Elif Shafak

  • If I could snap my fingers and become an expert in something, I would be  a psychologist.

  • Daily habits include  looking for new recipes on YouTube. I currently love to make Welsh rarebit almost every morning.

  • Favorite place in the PCA office  the rooftop.