We hope you are able to participate in this webinar, which is part of our arts & culture programme, looking at conservation of heritage townscapes in India. Institute Board Member, Lord Charles Bruce DL will discuss this issue with Sunita Kohli, a world-leading expert in historical architectural restoration. The event is scheduled to take place at the end of July. A definitive date and time for this webinar will be published very soon on this webpage, along with registration details.
Sunita Kohli is the President of K2India, an award-winning firm of architects and designers, whose co-founder and CEO is the architect Kohelika Kohli. In 1992, Sunita Kohli was conferred the Padma Shri, “for contribution to national life in the field of interior design and architectural conservation”. Since 1971 she has worked as a research-based interior designer and is a manufacturer of fine contemporary and classical furniture. Since 1982, she is considered a reputed leader in historical interior architectural conservation. Her professional portfolio includes significant public and heritage buildings in India, Bhutan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Egypt. In New Delhi, Sunita Kohli has restored, furnished and decorated many British period buildings.
Sunita Kohli is a former Chairperson of the School of Planning and Architecture in Bhopal. She has lectured and presented papers at many prestigious international institutions on a wide range of subjects including: Architecture; Design; Historical Conservation; English Literature, Mughal Jewelry; Social Entrepreneurship; and World Heritage Cultural Sites in India. Sunita Kohli is a Founder Trustee of ‘Satyagyan’ an NGO that works on women’s literacy. She is the Chairperson of the Governing Council of ‘Save-a-Mother’. She founded the ‘Museum of Women in the Arts, India’, a “museum without walls”. As an author, Sunita Kohli wrote an extended essay on ‘The Planning of New Delhi and Sir Edwin Lutyens’ (she is considered an Indian expert on Lutyens’ works in New Delhi) and she has four books under preparation.
Recently, she co-authored ‘The Lucknow Cookbook’ with her mother, Chand Sur. A review by Open Magazine commented “This is a cookbook as a cultural testament by one of India’s most accomplished aesthetes. Every recipe in this book tells a story that is more than culinary; it takes us to the private kitchen of our heritage, lest we forget the range and richness of the taste of the subcontinent.”
One of Sunita Kohli’s current assignments is the design of ‘The Titus Museum of Transport.’ Sunita Kohli was the Chief Curator for the Times of India’s first design event held in 2019 and titled TOI DesignX FACADETM. She was the editor of a large illustrated book titled, ‘Kala- Essays on Contemporary Design Aesthetics’ by eminent contributors who she had personally invited for the Speaker’s Forum of FACADETM. Amongst several national awards, in1992 in Kolkata, Sunita Kohli was presented the Mahila Shiromani Award by Mother Teresa, now St. Teresa. In November 2019, she was presented ‘The Hall of Fame’ award in Mumbai.
Lord Charles Bruce DL
Lord Charles Bruce is active in the not-for-profit sector in conservation, the fine arts, and multiculturalism. He manages a family estate in Fife as a sustainable rural business centred on Broomhall House, a leading travel destination and events venue. He chairs the Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust. He is president of the Democracy Forum, which hosts regular seminars in London on human rights and political authority in several Asian countries. He is patron of the Japan Society of Scotland. He has also hosted events at Broomhall on behalf of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Consulate.
Educated at the universities of St Andrews and Dundee, he studied Economic History and Sustainable Urban Design. He is on the advisory council of the International Academic Forum (IAFOR) – based in Osaka – and has lectured widely on the history of Scottish relations with Japan. He is deputy chair of the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies. He contributes to Gitanjali and Beyond, a journal published in Scotland and India focussing on the global legacy of Rabindranath Tagore, India’s first writer to win the Nobel Prize.