She’s always looking toward the future, but Alaa is firmly planted in problem-solving and making your vision come to life in the here and now. Alaa is an open book when it comes to architecture, and her design credits include three libraries, two banks and a zoo – oh my!
How did you decide on your career path?
I’ve always loved creating something out of basic elements and expressing my ideas through sketches. When I learned about architecture, it felt like a natural fit and has been my passion ever since. I particularly enjoy how design can affect our mood, efficiency and productivity.
What is your favorite part of the design process?
Problem-solving and transforming words and ideas into a livable space.
How are you creating vibrant communities through design?
Collaboration is critical. When we design libraries, we show the community an animated view of our design and get their feedback. It’s important for those invested to see how our design meets their needs and vision. On top of being functional, it’s exciting to see their reaction when they get a glimpse at what we’re creating!
Where is your favorite place to visit in the Midwest?
Lake Michigan is one of my favorite places to visit. I go there to walk or jog along the lake, and I love to relax with a good cup of coffee next to the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Family: I have a big, beautiful family!
Pet: Muffin, the cat.
College Mascot: Cyclones.
Hobbies: Hiking. Biking. Rollerblading.
Irrational Fear: Spiders!
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius.
16 Personalities: ENFJ Protagonist.
Time Travel: To the future.