Asif Khan: Sensory City (Bartlett International Lecture Series / Autumn 2015)
Kenya Hara coined the term ‘Senseware’ to describe forms of matter which stir our sensory perception. Through a series of reflections on current and past projects Asif Khan will explore the meaning and possibilities offered by a sensory approach to design. Could this thinking offer us a new way of creating architecture?
Asif Khan established his London-based architecture office in 2007. The studio’s interest ranges from cultural buildings and masterplans to houses, temporary pavilions, exhibitions, installations and products. The design solution in each project is highly distinct, yet unified by a meticulous understanding of place, purpose and potential.
Notable projects include a finalist design for the Helsinki Guggenheim Museum, the MegaFaces Pavilion at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games awarded the Innovation Grand Prix at Cannes Lion 2014 and a Red Dot for design, ‘7 Billion’ a runner-up for the British Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015, Coca-Cola’s Beatbox pavilion at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Parhelia at Design Miami 2012 and his first built project West Beach Cafe in Littlehampton in 2008.
Khan graduated from The Bartlett School of Architecture in 2004 with the RIBA Donaldson Medal and the faculty prize for the highest first-class degree, then went on to study for his diploma at the Architectural Association as a Baylight scholar, graduating in 2007.
In 2010 Khan earned a ‘Designer in Residence’ slot at the Design Museum London. In the following year Khan was awarded ‘Designer of the Future’ 2011 by Design Miami, the first architect to receive this prestigious award. Khan currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Design Museum, London.
Image: Guggenheim Helsinki, Asif Khan