Ali is a designer at Travis Van Liere Studio. She earned her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota in 2019 where she received the ASLA Student Honor Award and was named 2019 UMN Olmstead Scholar. Her undergraduate degree in Studio Art/Ceramics informed her interest in designed materiality, later influencing investigation into restorative soil ecology. Her graduate capstone project envisioned postindustrial regeneration through designed bioremediation. This project was conceived as a way to promote equity for communities most affected by industry, while plotting a slow transition to postindustrial use. Her continuing research of soil ecologies seeks to discover new practices supporting health and resiliency in planting design and performative landscapes. A passionate plant-enthusiast, Ali’s past work with the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources included pollinator gardens, waterlily establishment, carbon sequestration and native plant communities.