Ali ElSinbawy

Ali ElSinbawy

New York, NY, US

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I am a recent graduate of Columbia GSAPP's AAD program (Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design - Class of 2021). I am interested in developing a career in designing responsible architecture that corresponds to its immediate context, socially and environmentally. I hold a B.Arch from AUC (The American University in Cairo - Class of 2018) and I have around 2 years of work experience in designing healthcare facilities in Cairo, Egypt. 



Integrated Consultations Company, Cairo, Junior Architect

-Produced project renders using Lumion and participated in the concept design stage of multiple healthcare facilities, including hospitals, clinics, and blood banks.
-Produced concept design and zoning diagrams.
-Prepared client presentations and participated in client meetings.

Feb 2019 - Aug 2020

Zaro Architects, Cairo, Architectural Intern

-Participated in the concept design process of an entrepreneurial hub in Dubai and produced concept sketches and diagrams for client presentations.

Jan 2018 - Feb 2018


Columbia University, New York, NY, US/ Morningside Heights (Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation), Masters, Advanced Architectural Design

The Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design is a three-semester program aimed at providing outstanding young professionals—who already hold a Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture—the opportunity to conceptualise design as a critical practice that shapes the world’s technological, relational, and environmental evolutions. The program is viewed as a framework for exploring both academic and professional concerns through a set of inquiries and premises: architecture and its design practices are critical in addressing contemporary challenges; architectural specificity is the result of transdisciplinary cooperation; architecture’s future agency lies in the discipline’s capacity to mobilise realities across different scales and time frames.

Sep 2020 - Aug 2021

The American University in Cairo, Cairo, EG, BArch, Architectural Engineering

The goal of the B.Arch in Architectural Engineering Program is to graduate architects who can lead the architectural profession in Egypt and the Middle-East into the digital age with an understanding of context as means of respecting local heritage. The program promotes the implementation of the latest advances in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), stresses the rich local and historical context, and incorporates construction engineering and professional contents which respond to the needs of the industry. It also embraces the liberal arts approach to education through its multidisciplinary nature. Thus, the program will contribute positively to the well needed human development efforts in Egypt.
It is the aim to form an architect with a comprehensive vision, capable of integrating all the aspects dealing with the built environment and how it is planned, designed, used, furnished, landscaped, maintained, and appreciated by the society. This is emphasized through a curriculum that maintains a reasonable balance between utilization of the emerging digital design methods and pedagogies, meeting the professional demands, and creating contextual-humanistic and sustainable awareness.
The specific objective of the Architectural Engineering Program is to educate students in the fundamentals of the science and design of architecture with particular emphasis on developing skills of innovation, creativity and critical thinking in the design of the built environment. This is accomplished through research-based studio pedagogy, digital aided design, history, arts and the realization of users requirements within the constraints of the society. In the process, students learn to effectively work independently and collaboratively, develop analytical skills, and consider the impact of architectural solutions on both Egyptian society and the evolving global community.
Graduates of the Architectural Engineering Program will be well equipped to work in the international-level segment of the construction industry. They will become excellent candidates for the local and international architectural design firms. They can effectively work for construction contractors in aspects related to architecture and building integration. Graduates of the program will be qualified for professional licensing in architecture in Egypt and the USA.

Sep 2013 - Jun 2018


Lafarge Holcim Foundation 6th forum student poster competition, Other

-Finalist and representative of the American University in Cairo in the larafge holcim foundation's 6th forum student poster competition.
-Entry - Thesis project: Recycling the Intangible - The Shadow Museum.
-The forum was titled: re-materializing construction and discussed topics of sustainability and alternative building materials and methods.


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