Sunita Kohli

Sunita Kohli President

President K2India Architects and Designers, Chairperson Board of the Governors, School of Planning and Architecture Bhopal & Chairperson Save-a-Mother

Sunita Kohli is the President of K2INDIA Architects and Designers (www.k2india.com). She is a research-based interior designer, a leader in historical interior architectural restoration and a manufacturer of fine contemporary and classical furniture since 1972. She has worked in several countries, notably Egypt. She specializes in the design of public buildings (such as the British Council Building in New Delhi and the Parliament Building in Bhutan), 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 – notably Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Prime Minister’s Office and Secretariat and Hyderabad House. She has also restored the Official Residence of the Prime Minister, among other official bungalows. In 2005, Sunita Kohli founded the ‘Museum of Women in the Arts, India’, “to honour women artists of the past, promote the accomplishments of women artists of the present and assure the place of women artists in the future”. In January 2014, she has been appointed Honorary Chairperson of the School of Planning and Architecture in Bhopal, for a period of five years.

Sunita Kohli has lectured extensively on ‘Lutyens and New Delhi’, principally at Harvard and Emory Universities, at the National Building Museum in Washington DC and most recently at the University of Edinburgh and the Glasgow School of Art in the UK. Her books under publication are: 'Tanjore Paintings - Golden Icons of South India'; ‘Awadhi Cuisine: From the Jehangirabad Palace Kitchens’. She is also working on a Children’s Series on Indian Culture. For 'The Millennium Book on New Delhi', published by Oxford University Press, Sunita Kohli wrote the chapter on Lutyens and New Delhi, titled 'The Creation of a Planned City'. Sunita Kohli is deeply involved with two NGOs – Satyagyan, an affiliate of ‘World Literacy of Canada’, an organization that works with women and children in 400 slum communities in Varanasi and its environs; and is the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of ‘Save-a-Mother’, an NGO which is dedicated to decreasing maternal and infant mortality rates in 1200 districts in India. In 1992, Sunita Kohli was conferred the Padma Shri, by the President of India, “for contribution to national life by excellence in the field of Interior Design and Architectural Restoration”. That same year she was presented the Mahila Shiromani Award, which recognizes women of achievement, by Mother Teresa.

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