Alifiyah Vali

Alifiyah Vali

Brooklyn, NY, US



Ludwig Mies van der Rohe poetically said that “architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together.” Similarly, I believe that design happens when we create with an awareness that we are doing something that reaches at least a little beyond the practical and begins to say something about the world in this moment - when it begins to take on the qualities of art. I want to create beautiful spaces that make people feel and also make them think; inspiring serenity or exhilaration, while reflecting the consciousness of our time through fluid forms.


T-Design Architecture PC, New York, NY, US, Senior Interior Designer

• Create schematic designs, graphic presentations and construction drawings
• Communicate with clients, both verbally and through drawings and sketches
• Oversee projects from Concept phase, through Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation and Administration
• Review all documentation to ensure they incorporate design intent
• Prioritize project deliverables and work on multiple projects simultaneously to meet aggressive deadlines

Sep 2014 - current

Saifee Interiors (a subsidiary of The Vali Group), Dubai, AE, Principal, Interior Designer

• Co-founded interior design firm specialized in design-build projects
• Collaborated with international designers on award-winning commercial projects
• Conducted in-depth studies of areas to be designed to resolve problems or latent conditions that may arise during construction
• Developed concept and schematic drawings and specifications to determine client requirements and space limitations
• Estimated material requirements and calculated cost to stay within client budgets
• Supervised fabrication and on-site installation of custom interior furniture and fit-outs

Jan 2001 - Aug 2011

John R Harris & Partners, Dubai, AE, Junior Interior Designer

• Planned & designed interior layout for high-end residential apartment complex
• Assisted senior designers on selection of furnishings and color coordination

Mar 2000 - Dec 2000


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, Masters, Interior Design

Aug 2011 - May 2014


STORY Pushcart, Award

Pratt team designer; product design selected for fabrication


ICFF, Award

Chair design selected to represent Danish Institute for Study Abroad


Art Week, Award

Chair design showcased at the dXb Store at Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai and Sikka Art Fair


Commercial Interior Design’s Top 50 Offices, Award

M-Can Branding


Commercial Interior Design’s Top 50 Retail Spaces, Award

Etisalat Dubai Mall


RTA Award of Excellence, Award

Outstanding contribution to the launch of the Dubai Metro


Areas of Specialization