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Kabir Sahni

I am a designer from India, working at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, graphic design, interiors, writing, and social advocacy. I received my Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University along with the Dean’s academic scholarship, and previously my Bachelor in Architecture from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. Post my graduate studies at GSAPP, I received the Lowenfish Memorial Prize for a project titled “Potluck Publics” that tackled squatter settlements in Lima through social urbanism, economics, and programming along with ad hoc and prop-style architecture. My work aims to coalesce critical thinking with real-world pragmatism, employing trans-scalar and trans-disciplinary methodologies, and supported with my predilection for romanticism and vernacular piquancy.

Currently based in New York City, I have previously worked in India for two years on projects in multiple locations in the country. These involve a range of typologies and scales including institutional, residential, retail interior projects, branding, and research. I have also worked as a designer for a project in Italy introducing solar energy and local economic opportunity at train stations.

Recently, in the Summer of 2020, I worked as a volunteer with the Columbia Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes and as an architectural Designer for Bureau-Spectacular. The former was a design and tactical urbanism project targeted in Red Hook, Brooklyn, aiming at urban activation and reducing environmental temperatures during the difficult anti-social emergency. The latter was a graphic urban analysis and speculation of Downtown Los Angeles (DLTA) for DCBID through multiple vignettes. Presently, I am engaged as a design lead for a charter school (K-12) in Hempstead, NY that is being conceived as a community resource, beyond the confinements of a traditional school. This process was co-conceived as an 8-week workshop series with the client, and consultants were introduced as planned points to propel a collaborative exercise instead of a pedantic one. The project is being conceived as a net-zero building in cross-laminated timber.


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Work Experience

Martin Hopp Architect / Architectural Designer and Consultant
October 2020 - Present / New York, NY

Bureau-Spectacular / Architectural Designer
August 2020 - October 2020 / New York, NY (long-distance)

Columbia Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes / Architectural and Urban Designer
June 2020 - October 2020   / New York, NY (volunteer)

*Columbia University GSAPP / Teaching Assistant
Summer 2020 / New York, NY
Deferred to summer 2021 in lieu of covid-19

Freelance / Architect
May 2018 - May 2019 / New Delhi, India

Enso Design / Architect
February 2018 - February 2019 / New Delhi, India  

Hive India / Design Consultant
April 2018 - December 2018 / Gurugram, Haryana, India

Atto Atelier / Architectural Intern
January 2016 - April 2016 / Bengaluru, Karnataka, India


Columbia University GSAPP / Master of Science - Advanced Architectural Design (M.S.AAD)
2019 - 2020 / New York, NY
recipient of academic scholarship

School of Planning and Architecture / Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)
2012 - 2017 / New Delhi, India
graduated First Class

Fachhochshule Erfurt / Student Exchange Programme / New Delhi, India
2015 / New Delhi, India


Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize / Columbia University GSAPP
best project for the final semester studio
project, “Potluck Publics”; critic, Anna Puigjaner

Dean’s Scholarship / MS-AAD, Columbia University GSAPP
2019 - 2020

Nomination / COA Awards for Excellence in Architectural Thesis / Council of Architecture
2017 / India
architectural thesis, “Exit Music”

Winner / INTACH Heritage Awards for Excellence in Documentation / INTACH
2015 / New Delhi
project, “Mukteshwar Temple Complex”


Architect / Council of Architecture, India / CA-2017-89354
Issued 2017


AIA Associate / American Institute of Architects
Issued 2020

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Publications & Press

Published on KooZA/rch / “Potluck Publics” / November 2020 ︎︎︎

Published on The Best New Architects / “Poluck Publics
October 2020 ︎︎︎

Video coverage by InsideClimate News ("Cool Streets" Responds to NYC's Extreme Heat During Covid-19) / Cool Streets
September 2020︎︎︎

Published on InsideClimate News (Video: As Covid-19 Hinders City Efforts to Protect Residents From the Heat, Community Groups Step In) / Cool Streets
September 2020︎︎︎

Video coverage by STREETFILMS (Red Hook “Cool Streets”) / Cool Streets
September 2020︎︎︎

Published on The Best New Architects / “Daily Soaps
August 2020 ︎︎︎

Selected student work / Columbia GSAPP and End of Year Show websites / projects, Liminal Ecology, Daily Soaps, Potluck Publics, Manhattan Billboard, Door to Policy
2019 - 2020︎︎︎

Published in “il Giornale” (an Italian daily newspaper) / “Rapallo: la stazione diventa green” / project, Coulomb, Rapallo
2018 ︎︎︎

Editor, Archichakkar / School of Planning and Architecture / New Delhi
2017 ︎︎︎

Exit Music, thesis / School of Planning and Architecture
2017 / New Delhi︎︎︎

Modern Times, seminar / School of Planning and Architecture / New Delhi

Editor, Tirtha at Mukteswar / School of Planning and Architecture/ New Delhi

Music & Architecture - Mapping the Transposition Process, dissertation / School of Planning and Architecture / New Delhi
2015 ︎︎︎

Lectures and Presentations

Best AAD Portfolios, 2020 / Columbia University, GSAPP / my AAD Portfolio “Lunch”  was presented among other select portfolios from the AAD batch of 2020
December 2020 ︎︎︎


Hindi / English
AutoCAD / Revit / SketchUp / Rhinoceros / Photoshop / InDesign / Illustrator / Premier / Microsoft Suite / 3D printing / laser and router cutting
design / conceptual thinking and development / research / writing / organisation / planning / leadreship / physical modeling


Anna Puigjaner / Jimenez Lai / Miku Dixit / Karla Rothstein / Andreas Tjeldflaat / Enrique Walker / Mark Wigley / Andres Jaque / David Eugin Moon / Ife Vanable / Michael Rock / Whitney Dow / Oskar Orn Arnosson / Rahoul Singh / Dr. Amit Hajela / Parul Kiri Roy / Manish Gulati / Ranjana Mital / Prof. Dr. Jaya Kumar / Anjali Mittal / Henry Fanthome / Gauri Gandhi / Prabhjot Singh Sugga / Kapil Mathur / Rajiv Bhakat / Leena Gupta / Moulshri Joshi / Saptarshi Sanyal / Ryan Christopher Sequeira / Dr. Leon Morenas


Professional / Martin Hopp / Jimenez Lai (Bureau-Spectacular) / Cullen Fu / Ekin Bilal / Tanvi Rao / Men Yushan / Xavier Ramirez / RETI Center / Columbia Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes / Red  Hook Initiative / Niharika Shekhawat / Savannah Wu / Deborah Morris / Gentry Lock / Kate Galbo / Chinglemba Chingtham / Chhavi Gupta / Gagandeep Singh Sabharwal / Anubha Singhal / Vivaan Kamath / Vikrant Sharma / George Attokaran / Anna Maria James / Niyati Thakkar

Academic / Niharika Shekhawat / Andrew Keung / Seid Burka / Tarun Abraham / Shouchang Zhou / Xinglu Zhu / Prabhash Dhama / Shweta Sundar / Alankrit Gupta / Sarth Khare / Protyasha Pandey / Gautam Vohra / Radhika Ravindran / Meher Nishchal Bahl / Girisha Sethi / Deepansh Tyagi / Arghya Mandal / Mitali Joshi / Sharda Bhagat 

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