Born and raised in San Francisco, Alli received her Bachelor’s in Sociology from UCLA and her Master’s in Architecture from California College of the Arts. She won a Jury Prize and the AIA Community Alliance Student Award for her thesis, “The Remittance City: Reallocating Resources in a Living Cemetery.” She has also studied abroad in Japan, Venice, and Berlin where she continued her research on blurring the lines between the spaces for the living and the dead.
Alli’s interest in architecture is tied to its multidisciplinary nature. It’s not just about the built environment for Alli, but the cultural, economic, environmental, political, social, and technological factors that influence it. She sees architecture as a vehicle for creating new perspectives and enabling people to form relationships with one another. She believes that achieving inclusive, accessible, and resilient design begins with a focus on fostering relationships.
At WDA, Alli works as a Designer with the Residential and Retail practices. Outside the office, Alli likes to spend time cooking, gardening, finding new wines, dancing with her pets, and shopping for her next floral arrangement.
- What is one of your favorite works of design?
- The Chapel of the Chimes, a crematory and columbarium in Oakland. It’s a perfect precedent for how spaces for the dead can interface with the public realm.
- What would be your dream project?
- A botanical garden with an in-house whiskey distillery and onsen.