Afsha Ali is a licensed Architect in the State of California. She has over 20 years of experience in designing and managing projects throughout the Bay area. She joined Aedis Architects in 2007 and since then has successfully led teams for both new construction and major renovations for various types of projects. She has worked on multifamily housing, K-12 projects including gymnasiums, cafeterias, libraries, music buildings, and performing arts center projects. Afsha sees every project as an opportunity to enhance the well-being of its users and create positive impact on the whole community. She is currently involved in several mass timber projects and strongly believes that as an architect, she has a duty to minimize waste, and create healthy, sustainable and biophilic environments.
When not working, Afsha enjoys cooking for her family and friends. She enjoys basketball with her kids, hiking, and spending time outdoors on the weekends. She is also an active volunteer in her community.
What do you love most about being part of AIA?
My love and respect towards AIA go all the way to the years when I was struggling to study for my ARE. Joining AIA ARE study groups was a game changer for me. It made the whole process much easier. AIA has helped me grow professionally and personally. I am grateful to be part of such an amazing AIA community where we learn from each other and share our experiences.
What skill have you been developing and/or sharpening this past year?
I have been involved in the AIA COTE committee. As a part of the Wellness forum, I have been organizing and facilitating virtual events to promote wellness through built environments. Through the COTE committee, I am connected with other professionals who share the same values as mine.
What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?
Work life balance is the most important thing. When you love what you do for a living, your stress turns into pleasure. I have learned Architecture is more than a profession, it is a passion to make this world a better place.
Interviewed by Madhubala Ayyamperumal, Assoc. AIA, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C