Ala brings a global perspective to all of his work. His influence can be seen around the world though projects in Kuwait, Syria, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, Bahrain, Qatar, Lebanon and China, as well as several large scale projects in the U.S. After attending college in Egypt, he became fascinated by the pyramids and gained a respect for the architecture in the ancient cities of Mesopotamia and Egypt. Today, he believes a successful project is one that is impacted by local context and heritage. By keeping this in mind, Ala is determined to continuously learn about a client’s business and how architecture can help them achieve their goals. “The possibilities are endless; there is always something new to learn,” he said.