Architect Sabeena believes in Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Simplicity is the intimate sophistication”. Architectural inspiration came to her at an early age from her father, Ar. V.N Shah, who spearheaded Haryana and Himachal Pradesh for almost 20 years as Chief Architect. Sabeena Khanna travelled the length and breadth of these states with him and was fascinated to see new places and cultures, meet people and even visit construction sites. Little did she realize that by participating in daily discussions or travelling with her father, she was subtly being exposed to the design environment long before her formal education was to be in architecture! For Sabeena, architecture is a way of life. Her architectural lineage includes her illustrious father, Ajay ,her brother, Rajiv,her husband; and now Sakshi her daughter.
Creative head of the design studio “Studio KIA”, located in Gurgaon and the UAE, Sabeena Khanna leads an energetic and enthusiastic team through inspiration, vision and leadership. An architecture critic and designer, she is the master mind behind each project undertaken. Recipient of Le- Corbusier Gold Medal for best thesis, Sabeena topped the University with her creative intellect. Fellow member of Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) and Associate member of Institute of Interior Designers (IIID), she is on the Juries for many a renowned architectural awards recognizing fresh talent.
With an inclination and flare for writing, she has authored various articles and papers subjected to Architecture for leading publication houses in the country. The design studio has a consistent record of delivering designs close to original intent and within the stipulated time and budget. Their projects have won many accolades and received much acclaim from the press, profession and general public alike.
Some of the projects include ‘The Umrao’, a Boutique Hotel on NH-8 in Delhi, ‘Timber Trail resort’, Parwanoo, ‘Palm Drive’, Gurgaon – high end residential project for Emaar MGF, ‘The Grand & Petioles’, Gurgaon, high end luxury apartments with Club for SARE Group and District Headquarters for South Goa Collectorate at Margao, Goa. Some of the recent projects include schools at Al Wathba and Musafa in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
A variety of projects, which have been won through national and international level design competitions include sprawling commercial complexes designed with a vernacular ethos in Bhopal, District Headquarters in Goa, Ultra Modern Transport Hub in Goa, Multi storied residential developments in Bhubneshwar and Interior designing of the prestigious Cottage Industries Emporium at STC building, Janpath, New Delhi.
Immense thought is given to detailing and creating meaningful spaces. Sabeena does not rest on her laurels as she is of the strong belief that “Life is short. Let’s build stuff that matters”. Under her able leadership , Studio KIA has done projects of all types and magnitude, globally for renowned business houses, developers and government organizations, marking its presence in diverse sectors of Infrastructure development, mixed land use planning, Residential, Commercial, Institutional, Interiors, Hospitality, Recreational and Leisure. Each project designed is unique to its site and setting, planning and purpose; having a strong sense of belonging. She believes that a successful design hinges on site conditions, technology and communication.
Studio KIA has a diversely elaborate portfolio owing to its rich expertise, experience and excellence in the profession over the last three decades. “For us, everyday is a learning experience and we seek inspiration from everything around us. For Studio KIA, it is always about people; hence, all our designs are people centric,” Sabeena expresses.
Studio KIA’s current focus is majorly on High Rise Residential environments ranging from affordable to luxury and ultra luxury segments. KIA has an international design team which brings value to each project via its expertise on cost savings, decreased construction time, quality control and efficiency. Their residential developments focus not only on the visual aesthetics but also value the functionality and space creation for its end users. Their studio Team envisages making the end user as comfortable in the surroundings created, by giving special attention to spatial character, efficient planning, material maintenance, functional quality as well as aesthetic enhancement.
Studio KIA continues its endeavours to design meaningful, sustainable and people centric spaces with sensitivity.