PARTICIPANT / Khyati Saraf

  • Name Khyati Saraf

Khyati Saraf is a landscape designer based in Brooklyn, NY with interests at the intersection of media, ecology and public space. Born and brought up in New Delhi, she is a careful observer, particularly attuned to the role of media and culture on landscape and public space dynamics. She is a member of the design collective LANDKunst and a co-founder of Bil-kul, an architecture and landscape design practice working at scales from the domestic to the regional. In 2017 she was the Metro Manila Civic Innovation Fellow, travelling to Manila to work with the local city government to bring issues of flooding, ecology and civic engagement to the fore.

She currently practices as a Senior Landscape Designer at Future Green Studio. At Future Green she is a project manager, leading several residential, mixed-use and public space projects of varying sizes. With a wide range of skills and experience in all phases of design, Khyati has successfully lead design teams on competitions and RFP’s at the studio.

Through Bil-kul, Khyati independently participates with other co-founders on compelling global landscape competitions, most recently winning an honorable mention for the Babyn Yar Necropolis International Competition in Kiev, Ukraine where her work was exhibited. She is also a freelance writer and researcher.

Khyati earned her Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture of Sushant School of Art and Architecture, New Delhi.

– Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) | Master of Landscape Architecture, 2014
– Sushant School of Art and Architecture, New Delhi | Bachelor of Architecture (5 year Professional Degree), 2012

-Future Green Studio, Brooklyn, NY | Senior Landscape Designer, July 2014 – current
Tasks include all aspects of design from Concept to Construction Administration, Project Management and Presentations to Clients, architects, consultants, city agencies.
– Bil-Kul | Co-founder
-reSITE Conference, Prague | Workshop Coordinator and Content Manager, June 2017
-reSITE, Prague, Czech Republic | Publications Coordinator, 2014 – 2016
-Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure, Harvard University | Research Assistant, 2014
Research, data visualization, mapping water infrastructure through Geo-spatial tools such as GIS, research on coastal flooding, land use/zoning and community strategies
-Graduate School of Design, Loeb Library, Harvard University | Communications Assistant, 2013 – 2014
-New York City Parks Dept., New York, N.Y. | Design Coordinator Intern, Summer 2013
-NYC Urban Field Station, US Forest Service, New York, NY | Research Assistant, Summer 2013
Empirical research in marginalized neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens area of Jamaica Bay to study effects of Super-storm Sandy. Social Assessment Paper: ‘Reading the Landscape’
-International Honors Program, U.S. | Research Coordinator, 2012
-Arun S. Ghosh and Associates, New Delhi | Intern Architect, 2011
-Jasbir Sawhney and Associates, New Delhi | Intern Architect, 2010

Honor and Awards
– Metro Manila Civic Innovation Fellow, Manila, Philippines, 2017
-Paesaggi Migranti Design Residency, Pennabilli, Italy, 2017
-Young Leader in Design: Xtreme LA Challenge at Virginia Tech, 2016
Nominated as 1 of 17 young leading designers in the US
-Honorable Mention: ‘Seeing the Forest for the Ground’, 2016 | Babyn Yar Necropolis International Ideas Competition, Kiev, Ukraine
-ASLA Honor Award for Research: ‘Spontaneous Urban Plants’, 2015 | Research done at Future Green Studio
-Harvard Business School ‘Start-up Pitch’ Finalist, 2014
-Graduate School of Design Grant, 2014

Lectures + External Critic Experience
– HWSCleveland Visiting Guest Critic, University of Minnesota | Final Review MLA 3rd Semester Studio 2017
– Pratt Institute | Mid Review Bachelor of Architecture 3rd Semester Core Studio 2017
– Aayojan School of Architecture Guest Lecture, 2017

Professional Affiliations
– Council of Architecture, Certified Architect, New Delhi India
– American Society of Landscape Architects, Member

Publications + Exhibitions
– New Talent, Seven design innovators to watch: LCLA (Luis Callejas), 2016 | Metropolis Magazine October 2016 Issue
– ‘Tides of October’ | A full moon flotilla on the Gowanus Canal, 2016
-Spontaneous Urban Plants, Weeds in NYC | David Seiter and Future Green Studio, 2015, Archer Publishers
– ‘Marking Land’ | CLOG Landmarks Issue (p. 14), 2015
– ‘Aeon’ | Networked Urbanism: Design Thinking Initiatives for a Better Urban Life by Belinda Tato and Jose Luis Vallejo (Cambridge: Harvard University), 2014
– Ile de Caen: Project Exhibited at Caen, France, 2014
– Projects Exhibited, 2011 | Selected for annual exhibition at SSAA: “Re-imagining Gurgaon”
– Projects Published SSAA Annual Student work, 2009, 2011 | “Re-Imagining Gurgaon” and “School in Farrukh Nagar”

Leadership + Volunteer Roles
-Prospect Park Alliance (Volunteer), 2017
-Gowanus Canal Conservancy (Volunteer), 2015 – 16
-Harvard University Graduate Council | Senator, 2013-14
-India GSD | Co-chair + GSD Student Forum | External Relations Offices, 2013-14
-Communications Committee (SSAA) | Co-chair, 2008-12
-SSAA Student Council, 2009-07

Native fluency in English and Hindi

Rhino, AutoCAD, ArcGIS, Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premier, After Effects, Acrobat), Grasshopper, 3Ds Max, Microsoft Suite