After graduating from UT, Austin in 1985,
Ali Naqvi joined Habib Fida Ali, a local architectural firm to develop the master plan of LUMS which is the most prestigious universities of Pakistan
Upon completion of the project, Ali Naqvi was hired by Sogea; a French company responsible for the construction of the New International Airport of Karachi. Sogea appointed Ali Naqvi as the main architect where his responsibilities included
preparation of shop drawings, coordination between different traders, supervising and working out details of installation. In 1989, Ali Naqvi established his own firm under the name of Ali Arshad Associates.