lixandra Piwowar - known by her friends as Ali - was born in Hamilton, Ontario before moving to Regina, Saskatchewan at the age of 10.
Ali completed her Bachelor of Architectural Studies in 2013 at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University. She recently completed her professional Master of Architecture degree at Carleton. Her thesis is focused on living heritage: mediating tangible and intangible cultural heritage and proposing adaptive reuse opportunities for wooden crib grain elevators in Saskatchewan.
In addition to her studies in architecture, Ali has worked as a researcher at Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) contributing to the Westblock Parlimentary Precinct Rehabilitation Project, Cultural Diversity and Material Imagination in Canadian Architecture (CDMICA) project. She has completed field research throughout southern Saskatchewan has progressed to the 3D modeling of historic construction techniques of specific buildings using BIM software.
Ali loves exploring the world. She always jumps at opportunities to experience different countries and cultures. Most notable is her 6 month academic exchange at the University of South Australia in Adalaide, Australia.
Throughout her time as a student at Carleton University, Ali enjoyed being involved in a number of extra-curricular activities such as a leading the engineering orientation program each year, logo/branding designing for numerous events and organizations on campus, and lead exhibition designer for an international engineering competition. She also held numerous executive and chair positions within her sorority (Alpha Pi Phi), Carleton University Greek Council, and Order of Omega (an international honour society).
Ali’s architectural interests lie in the history of place and its morphology as well as the documentation of its existing state and future design initiatives. She is also interested in real estate development processes including project financing and marketing.