Award-winning Indian architect
Kohelika Kohli is a young and award-winning Indian architect, interior designer & furniture manufacturer. She received her formal education as an architect from the ‘Pratt Institute of Design’ in New York and graduated in 2004. In 2003, she also studied architecture in a ‘Study Abroad Programme’ in Rome. She travelled extensively through Italy- primarily studying the works of Palladio and Michelangelo and also the works of one of her favourite designers, Carlo Scarpa. On her return to New York, along with architectural school, she began to work for a very reputed architectural and design firm, ‘Oliver Cope Architects’. They specialize in high-end town houses in New York and the Hamptons. During her second year at Pratt, she interned in England with Sir Norman Foster. There she worked on projects in London and in the USA, notably on the Foster Extension to the Boston Fine Arts Museum, originally designed by IM Pei. After graduation, she went on a road trip across America, to look at and study great urban design.
After graduation she returned to India, and in October 2004, started her own architectural practice, ‘Kohelika Kohli Architects’. In 2010 she established ‘K2India’ with her mother, Sunita Kohli, an award-winning interior designer, conservationist and furniture manufacturer. Kohelika Kohli is the CEO and Creative Director of K2India. She is a Trustee of the ‘Museum of Women in the Arts, India’.
Kohelika Kohli did her A levels from Millfield School in Somerset, England. In her final year, she was appointed Head of School. Prior to this, in India for five consecutive years, she was the National Equestrian Champion, at the Sub-Junior level.
Kohelika Kohli believes that the job of an architect/designer cannot be simply based on one’s credentials and academic qualifications. An equally important role is played by one’s experiences and exposures to people, places and cultures.