Ali Navidbakhsh

Contract Instructor

Ali Navidbakhsh, OAA, GSC, LEED Green Associate, RELi AP, is a co-founder and principal Architect at Site-Arch Inc. a private practice operating in Ontario and Québec. He is an Architect, Landscape Designer, and a Certified Passive House Builder. He is currently a project manager at McDonald Brothers Construction (MBC). He previously worked at Perkins+Will, IDEA Inc., and The VentinGroup Architects, before joining the Project management team at McDonald Brothers Construction. He holds a B.Arch (2014) and M.Arch (2016) both with distinction and was awarded the Azrieli Scholar and Faculty Choice award for his thesis titled: Post-Petropolis: Alberta after the Oil Boom. Ali’s research addresses the story of conflicting natural and artificial landscapes while engaging with multi-stakeholder views, from divinity and indigenous Land to human-scale interventions. Ali has worked at Architecture offices in Toronto, Ottawa, and Lisbon Portugal. During his studies at ASAU, He also worked as a research assistant and a teaching assistant for both undergraduate and graduate courses. Further to his full-time career, Ali actively engages in independent research and international competitions, including winning first place in the Sea-Can Container Design Competition and Housing for Northern Communities competition in 2016 and earning first place and the People’s Choice Award in the Future Legacies Competition – Design for Canada’s Next 150 Years, hosted by The Site Magazine in 2018. His research interests revolve around science fiction, affordable housing, and real estate development.


GSC– Gold Seal Certified with Canadian Construction Association (CCA), 2023


CPHT – Certified Passive House Tradesperson, 2023


GSI – Gold Seal Intern with Canadian Construction Association (CCA), 2023


MArch – Carleton University, 2016 


BArch – Carleton University, 2014 


Civil Eng. Tech – Seneca College, 2009  



ARCS 2106: Studio 3 Winter 2024 term



Future Legacies – Canada’s Next 150 Years, by The Site Magazine 


Places, Forms and Memories of Grief in Contemporary Cities 


Post-Petropolis: Alberta after the Oil Boom 

Faculty Choice Award 


Theatre Production Workshop – Water into Wine