Aiysha Alsane

Aiysha Alsane

New York, NY, US



Aiysha Alsane was the first Zaha Hadid/Omniyat Fellow at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she obtained a Master in Landscape Architecture. Today, she is a landscape designer in New York City. Aiysha has a background in architecture, Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech, and practiced as an architect in the Middle East. She is skilled at a myriad of design modeling, drawing, and visualization tools (including BIM modeling and Lumion), various communication tools, various project management tools, as well as analogue drawing and modeling. In addition to architecture, landscape, and design, her interests are in urbanism, ecology, hydrology, climate engineering, and activism. Her works demonstrate her curiosity, and she enjoys using all tools at her disposal. She has delivered projects at all stages of design and construction. AIA standards from Pre-concept to Construction Administration. In addition, she is skilled in Shop Drawings and Job-Site Instruction. She is experienced in both AIA and RIBA conventions. 



coen+partners, New York, NY, US, Associate

Remote positon

Sep 2023 - current

WHY Architecture, New York, NY, US, Landscape designer

Working on a variety of international projects at different scales, for public and private clients on projects related to arts and culture.

Oct 2019 - Sep 2023

AGi architects, Kuwait, KW, Architect

Junior architect on three construction sites and several research projects. Personally led research at a national-scale tracing the effects of SME development and entrepreneurial activity on the urban environment.

Oct 2016 - Aug 2017

BDP, Abu Dhabi, AE, Architect

Full-time Architect on several design and research projects, mostly on RFQ, EOI, and competitions.

Apr 2016 - Jan 2017

Kuwait Fund for Economic Development, Kuwait, KW, Architecture Trainee

Multidisciplinary training for architects and engineers, 36 trainees selected nationally. 1 of 6 architects, 14 seminar certificates and practical training (full list available upon request)

Dec 2015 - Jan 2016

Arch2O, Online, Senior Editor - Design

Writer then Senior Editor of Design for critical online publication. Authored ~50 articles. Edited, or co-authored ~35 articles.
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Sep 2014 - Dec 2015


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Masters, Landscape Architecture

Zaha Hadid/Omniyat Fellow

Aug 2017 - May 2019

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), BArch, College of Architecture and Urban Studies

minors: Industrial Design, Landscape Architecture

Aug 2010 - May 2015


Top 100 American Architecture Projects, Other

For the Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge project (design/buildLAB). From Archdaily: ‘100 most visited works of architecture in the US... the most important, inspiring works of American architecture.’


Award of Excellence, 1st Place

Awarded by Kuwait Fund’s Training Center to 2 of 18 (only architect recipient)


AIA Virginia Award for Excellence, 1st Place

Category: Excellence in Architecture
Smith Creek Park by design/buildLAB, collaborative effort


Architizer A+ Award, 1st Place

Category: Architecture +Urban Transformation
Smith Creek Park by design/buildLAB, collaborative effort


AZ Awards from Azure Magazine, 1st Place

Category: A+ Student Award
Smith Creek Park by design/buildLAB, collaborative effort


Areas of Specialization