BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Alia joins MIT motivated to transform stakeholder’s assumptions about limits and constraints on capital and labor resources to yield better results in the real estate development and construction industries.
Prior to attending MIT, Alia was a Project Manager for CMK Companies in Chicago, Illinois managing construction for Sailrock Development, a 2,400-acre eco-community in South Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands. By straddling the boundaries of the private and public sectors in her position at CMK, she has learned there is a bridge for growth where real estate development and construction principles can be implemented in a simpler, more economical, and ethical way.
In her academic pursuits at MIT, Alia seeks to further explore these principals and gain an in-depth understanding of real estate finance and investments working alongside MIT scholars, fellow practitioners, and peers who are on the vanguard of real estate development.
Alia holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her studio background challenges her to think about how urban and regional scale design has a political economy that informs diversity, inclusion, and innovation at the individual, organization, and community levels.
After MIT, Alia aims to pursue her career objective of becoming a real estate syndicate partner by applying effective resource deployment strategies with an ethical political framework for community development.
In her free time, she enjoys pottery, gardening, hiking, cooking, and exploring new neighborhoods.