Amit Khanna graduated from the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi in 2002, followed by a Masters in Sustainable Urban Development from the University of Oxford. He is a recipient of the Moira Barrie Award (UK) & held the Kellogg Scholarship at the University of Oxford. He founded and is design principal of AKDA, a globally recognised multidisciplinary architecture & design firm, based in New Delhi, India. He combines a deep involvement in design with his primary responsibility for the strategic direction of the practice.
As a student, he won the gold medal in a national design competition for the concept of a Highway Resort. He was chosen as one of only five architects among 20 designers in India under the age of 35 to exhibit his work at the Alliance Francaise. He was also chosen as one of the Young Designers of 2013 and one of the Superstars of Design in 2014. Amit was also recently chosen as one of the top 50 emerging architects in the country and has been featured in Young Visionaries, a book by Chris Van Uffelen on the next generation of architects.
Amit has won numerous national and international awards, most recently feted by the Minister of Industries for contribution to excellence in the use of indigenous stone in buildings. He is a regular speaker at industry events, with appearances at the Fensterbau Frontale, Acetech, Design Mission India, Lateral Design Talks, Integrated Townships Summit, Smart Cities India, FOAID, India Design ID & Greha. The work of the firm is regularly published in national and international media.
Amit teaches at his alma mater with diverse responsibilities related to design, research and theoretical exploration. Through his initiatives in education, Amit Khanna engages in research as a tool for design innovation, both at the School and in the Studio. He is an acclaimed and widely published photographer and writes extensively for both online and offline media.