President of K2INDIA
Sunita Kohli, in a long design career, from 1971, has had the distinction of being the first interior designer to be conferred the Padma Shri in 1992, the first Indian designer/architect to be invited to give an illustrated lecture at the prestigious National Building Museum in Washington DC in 2003, the most visited architectural museum in the world; the first women to be appointed in 2014, as the Chairperson of the School of Planning and Architecture in Bhopal, a National Institute of Excellence; and the first person to be invited to launch the Culture Initiative of the Asia Scotland Institute, by delivering two illustrated lectures at the University of Edinburgh and the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland.
She has worked in several countries, notably Egypt where she has designed several resorts and luxury hotel boats on the Nile for the ‘Oberoi Group’; such as the Oberoi Mena House Hotel and Casino and the Oberoi Hotels in El-Arish and Aswan, the Oberoi Philae Cruiser and two other Oberoi Cruise Ships on the Nile. She has also restored, designed and furnished Naila Fort in Jaipur, for the Chairman of the Oberoi Group. Most recently, she has been working in Sri Lanka and Pakistan. She specializes in the design of public buildings such as museums and libraries, hotels and resorts, luxury hotel boats, forts, palaces, heritage properties, aircrafts, corporate offices and private residences.
In New Delhi, Sunita Kohli has restored and decorated many British period buildings – designed by Sir Edward Lutyens, Sir Herbert Baker and Sir Robert Tor Russell – notably Rashtrapati Bhawan ( 1982, 1985-89, 2010-12), the Prime Minister’s Office and Secretariat (1985) and Hyderabad House (1988-99). She has also restored No. 3 and No. 5 Racecourse Road (1984 & 2004), the Official Residence of the Prime Minister, the bungalows of the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum’, among several others in the Lutyens Bungalow Zone. She is presently working as a member of the Advisory Committee of Rashtrapati Bhavan. She also interior designed the British Council Building. This is the largest of their eighty institutions worldwide which was inaugurated by the Prince of Wales in 1992. She did the interior architecture and design of the DLF Corporate Office, on the ninth floor Parliament Street.
In 1989, Sunita Kohli designed the National Assembly Building in Thimpu, Bhutan. In 2010, for the SAARC Summit held in Thimpu, she and Kohelika Kohli, an architect and the CEO and Creative Director of their company, K2India, jointly worked again on this Parliament Building and the adjoining Banquet Hall Building.
Sunita Kohli is the President of K2INDIA an umbrella brand for the firms ‘Sunita Kohli Interior Designs’, ’Sunita Kohli Furniture' and 'Kohelika Kohli Architects’. She is a research-based interior designer, a reputed leader in historical interior architectural and architectural restoration, and since 1972 a manufacturer of fine contemporary and classical furniture.
Sunita Kohli is the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of ‘SAVE-A-MOTHER’ (http://www.saveamother.org). She was also the Founder Director of the SATYAGYAN FOUNDATION in Varanasi (http://www.satyagyan.com) that works with womens’ literacy and empowerment. In 2005, Sunita Kohli founded the ‘MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS, INDIA’ – “a museum without walls”. Amongst many institutions in the USA, Sunita Kohli has lectured in Harvard and in Emory University. Presently, four books are under preparation: the first is co-authored with her mother, Chand Sur a legendary cook and cook book author and is on ‘Lucknow Cuisine’