Ali (PhD, MSc & BSc), is a lecturer/Programme Leader, BE (Hons) Architectural Engineering, (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand) and a professional architectural engineer/designer (NZIA Academic Member) holding PhD and MSc degrees in Architectural Studies and BSc in Architecture Engineering. He is a founding director of Responsive + Green Urban Built Environment Lab, New Zealand (www.rgube.com). With approximately 12 years of postgraduate academic research/teaching experience, in addition to over 15 years of architectural design/engineering practice, he has always been regarded as a high achiever.
In conjunction with teaching architecture/construction design-engineering courses, he is an active researcher focusing on Building Information Modelling (BIM), Design Cognition & Computing; Building Automation Systems, Smart Homes & Intelligent Buildings, Sustainable Design Developments, Green Buildings and Integrated Design Studies. His scholarly standing (Citations: 947, h-index: 14, i10-index: 19), represents significant contribution to the academic circle highlighting his merit even in built environment engineering subject areas broader than the architectural research per se. He has been diligently engaged in various international research collaborations with world-class academicians from Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Iran, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea, UK, USA, etc., and has achieved well-recognized international innovation awards plus scholarship of over 100 international level patent; journal articles; books/book chapters; conference papers etc. His research contribution resulted in publication of many highly read and cited papers in high impact factor international journals namely Building and Environment, Cities, Applied Energy, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Sustainable Cities & Society, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Intelligent Buildings International, Architectural Science Review, etc. He is also the sole invited representative of AUT University @ NBEWG to promote incorporation of BIM in the context of Design/Engineering academic curriculum.