Faaiza Lalji is the Director of Planning and Development at Precis Management Services Ltd., a fully integrated multi-generational family property business, where she oversees a development pipeline of town centre and transit hub regeneration schemes, as well as a residential-led mixed use build to rent portfolio in outer London, representing over 2.5 million sqft of development and 2,000 residential units. She previously worked in the Canadian multifamily market on large-scale residential-led neighborhood revitalization and district energy projects with a focus on sustainability. Faaiza sits on the Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board, the Urban Land Institute’s UK Residential Council, the British Property Federation’s Residential Build to Rent Committee, the Young Camden Foundation Board, and the Thinking Group for Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Human Settlements in East Africa.
Outside of her professional commitments, Faaiza is committed to the promotion of Islamic art and the understanding of Muslim cultures. She is the Chair of the Aga Khan Museum’s UK Patrons’ Chapter, the Co-Chair of the V&A Young Patrons’ Circle, and a member of the Contemporary and Modern Middle Eastern Art Acquisitions Committee at the British Museum. She has previously done work for the Ashmolean Museum, the Williams College Museum of Art, the Museum of Historic Cairo, Sotheby’s, the SFU Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures, and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Art History and Practice (Architecture) and English from Williams College and Exeter College, Oxford University, as well as a Master in Design Studies in Urban Planning and Real Estate and the Built Environment from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. During her time at the GSD, Faaiza was the President of the Harvard Student Real Estate Consortium as well as the GSD’s Real Estate Development Club. Her Scholarly Paper on the role of Massachusetts smart growth legislation in promoting public health was supported by a Center for Geographic Analysis Fellowship and the Interdisciplinary Consortium on Urban Planning and Public Health.
Faaiza is a certified yoga teacher and enjoys running.