Sabeena Khanna

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Sabeena Khanna Architect & Founding Principal, Studio KIA Bachelor of Architecture (Honors) Chandigarh College of Architecture, 1987 ● Recipient - Le Corbusier Gold Medal ● Recipient – University Gold Medal for Academics ● Fellow Member of Indian Institute of Architects (FIIA) ● Associate Member of Indian Institute of Interior Designers (IIID) Personal journey: Architecture, for me, has always been a way of life. I am blessed to have been surrounded by people who were a constant source of inspiration and motivation throughout my journey from education to the happening of Studio KIA. However, the transition from being a student, to starting out as an architect till spearheading Studio KIA today, has been a constant learning curve, and it should continue to be as I believe that every day is a learning experience and I seek inspiration from everything around me. Professional journey: Studio KIA is a design studio spearheaded by Sabeena Khanna along with her architect husband Rajiv both alumni of Chandigarh College of Architecture. Sabeena has built an enthusiastic team through inspiration, vision & leadership. Her enthused team comprises of young women architects who are passionate about their work. Women, she feels, are better not only at multi tasking but they also think at multiple levels. Their creative ability, sensibility and sensitivity gives them an edge at Studio KIA, thereby making studio interactions alive and inspiring, with everyone pitching in with exciting ideas. For her every day is a learning experience and she seeks inspiration from everything around her and everyone she meets. KIA’s project profile transcends scale and use, from Master planning and urban design, to Retail & Hospitality, Recreational & Amusement, Commercial & Mixed-use, and Residential. Sabeena is presently a fellow of Indian Institute of Architects (FIIA) and associate member of Institute of Indian Interior Designers (AIIID), and has served on several, reputed design juries namely A+D Spectrum, JK Cement, COA NIASA student thesis awards, A+D CERA design awards, FoAID, Berger Architecture Ideas awards, Ace Tech Grand Stand, besides authoring articles and papers for publications and being a part of various panel discussions. Studio KIA, has been written about in renowned magazines namely A+D, IFJ, Design Detail, MGS Architecture, Design Matrix, Buildotech, Architecture Update, Projects Mirror, Ace Update, Architect and Interiors India which has featured Sabeena amongst the HOT 100 architects of the country, for three years in a row. Asia Biz Today, a knowledge initiative by BERG, Singapore featured Sabeena as a trailblazer in the global realms of Real Estate and Architecture. Sabeena has been a guest speaker at various professional and women forums namely • WADe Asia 2017 & 2018 • Women’s Economic Forum 2017 (WEF) • Jaquar Design Confab 2018 • Renomania – Smart Home Lighting (professional E- series) • Talk of Town for Surfaces Reporter • Le Corbusier memorial lecture at CCA, Chandigarh • Interior Trends of 2018 at FLOU launch The prestigious projects undertaken by the studio include ● The Umrao, a boutique hotel on NH-8 in Delhi ● Emaar MGF’s residential development - Palm Drive, Gurgaon ● SARE Group’s - The Grand & Petioles, Gurgaon ● Emaar MGF’s Palm Terraces Select and Emerald Floors Premier, residential communities in Gurgaon ● Executive Floors for the WAVE Group, Noida ● District Headquarters for South Goa Collectorate at Margao, Goa. Some of the international projects include ● Schools at Al Wathba and Musafa in Abu Dhabi, UAE; ● Hospitality interiors for Carlson Rezidor Hotel group, Makkah, Saudi Arabia ● Dubai Lifestyle City, Dubailand for the ETA group; ● Funcity at Al Reef Mall, Dubai for the Landmark group; ● Water Park in Ras Al Khaimah for Polo Amusement group KIA has won many national and international awards which include ● Realty+ 2017 award for ‘Best Architectural Firm of North India’ ● 3rd Estrade Real Estate award-2017, Singapore for Residential High Rise Architecture ● BERG, Singapore-Icons of Spaces awards for Best Commercial Project of the Year 2017 ● BERG, Singapore-Icons of Spaces awards for Best Concept for Unbuilt Project 2017 ● 2nd Estrade Real Estate award-2016, Singapore for Residential High Rise Architecture ● World Luxury Hotel award 2016 for The Umrao Hotel ● DNA Real Estate award for The Palm Drive, Gurgaon ● ICI Ultratech award 2012 for Outstanding Concrete structure KIA has won various design competitions through global tenders and Sabeena seamlessly works to create designs for the future, without compromising on the present, and imbibing learning from the past."" "