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Mr Rashid Ali

Senior Lecturer in Interior Design

Rashid Ali is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture Design and currently leads the BA in Interior Design. He is an architect, designer and educator with extensive experience and broad interests in cultural context, interiors and the threshold between art and architecture.

    Previously Rashid worked at Adjaye Associates – the practice of the award winning architect David Adjaye, where as project architect he was involved in the development and realization of a number of high profile public projects such as the Stirling Prize nominated Idea Store Library, London, Nobel Peace Centre, Oslo and the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Denver, as well as working on smaller arts projects that included collaborations with artists Chris Ofili and Olafur Eliasson. After gaining considerable practice experience and the successful completion of the Bernie Grant Performing Arts Centre, he established RA Projects as a collaborative research studio to pursue issues of interest through teaching, research and building.

    With RA Projects, Ali created a studio that focuses on the development of ideas that respond to emerging social, economic, environmental and cultural patterns that are relevant to architecture, design and the city as a whole. He values the merit in combining practice with academia as such crosspollination stimulates innovation.

    RA Projects has been widely recognised for its designs as well as research activities, which include a recent competition win to design the V & A Museum gift shop and being twice short-listed for the prestigious Young Architect of the Year Award. It has been also been featured in international publications including Dezeen, Evening Standard, Grand Designs, the Guardian, RIBA Journal, Architects Journal, Blueprint magazine, Building Design and the BBC. The practice’s work has been exhibited at the Architecture Foundation, Venice Architecture Biennale, Storefont for Art and Architecture (New York), London Architecture Centre, British School in Rome and Dak’Art Biennale for Contemporary African Art.

    Ali is co-founder and editor of P.E.A.R. magazine. P.E.A.R. aims to re-establish the fanzine as a primary medium for the dissemination of architectural ideas, musings, research and works, and to present the complexity and variety of contemporary architecture and urbanism. P.E.A.R. actively seeks to publish ideas that wouldn't otherwise find an outlet in the mainstream architectural press, and is instead interested in showing that the architectural is concerned with more than just architecture. Alongside editing P.E.A.R., Ali regularly researches on and writes about architecture and urbanism and in particular on spatial, social, economic and cultural transformations in emerging cities and economies. His recent and current research projects, funded by a number of organisations explore urban transformations in cities in the Global South.