Ali Ismail Karimi is a Bahraini architect whose work explores social housing, public space, and the landscape of the GCC countries. He is, along with Hamed Bukhamseen, the co-founder of Civil Architecture, an architecture office based in Manama and Kuwait City. Their work has been shown in the Sharjah Architecture Triennale, Oslo Triennale, Seoul Biennale and Amman Design Week. Together they curated the Kuwait Pavilion titled “Between East and West: A Gulf at the 2016 Venice Biennale.


Ali received his Master in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (M.Arch I‚ 16). Ali previously worked in Belgium with OFFICE KGDVS, and in Chile with Alejandaro Aravena/Elemental. Ali teaches at the University of Bahrain as an adjunct professor, and his writings have been published in various media sources including San Rocco, Architectural Record and CLOG. CV Contact