Ali Basbous is the founder and director of BAD / Built by Associative Data. A Canadian and Lebanese Architect living between Barcelona and Beirut. Ali holds a master’s degree in Advanced Architectural Design from the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Cataluña/Barcelona (IaaC) where he is currently a faculty member of MAEB / Masters for Advanced Ecological Buildings. He is also a recurring visiting Jury Member for « Flying Cities of the Future » in Moscow. He has been shortlisted as a Finalist for the Lebanese Pavilion of the Venice Biennale 2020 amongst 34 proposals.
Led by Ali, BAD was granted the recommended title of « Boutique Firm of the Year 2018 » by the Middle East Architect Awards. Furthermore, BAD has been the winner for three consecutive years (2017/2018/2019) of the ARCHITIZER A+ AWARDS. This avant-garde firm has been prosperously emerging in the global architecture scenery.
During his design process, Ali studies and analyses new social patterns, economic and cultural trends, and conceives accordingly. His design protrudes the present to foresee future lifestyles.
With numerous years of Global practice, amongst others in New York, Montreal, Beijing, Shanghai, Dubai and Brussels, Ali has a deep understanding of the local cultures and clients. During his professional practice, renowned design practices with whom he collaborated, to name a few, Raphael Vinoly, NBBJ et JDS Architects, won several competitions and awards on various landmark projects.
Ali has given talks, lectures, and workshops over the past ten years at multiple international institutes from which we can list IaaC, the Sir JJ COLLEGE and KRVIA in Mumbai. Hence, his twenty years of practice have granted him an extensive expertise in the architectural world.