Ali Ismail Karimi

Research Fellowships

Project Description

Ali Ismail Karimi’s research focuses on Robert Smithson’s 1966 works Grave Mounds with Object and Proposal for a Monument on the Red Sea and the relationship of Smithson’s work to the landscapes of the Middle East. Ali wrote a text on this research titled "Three Desert Monuments: Revisiting Robert Smithson’s 1966 Collages" as part of our Scholarly Text Program.


Ali is a Bahraini architect whose work explores social housing, public space, and the landscape of the GCC countries. He is, along with Hamed Bukhamseen, co-founder of Civil Architecture, an architecture office based in Manama and Kuwait City whose work has been shown in the Sharjah Architecture Triennale, Oslo Triennale, Seoul Biennale, and Amman Design Week. Together they curated the Kuwait Pavilion “Between East and West: A Gulf“ at the 2016 Venice Biennale.