Two of Cullinan Studio’s talented young architects were short listed for the 2018 RIBAJ Rising Star awards, Aditya Aachi and Sahiba Chadha. Sahiba, along with ten other winners, proudly received the award last October.
I have been so lucky to work with both Aditya and Sahiba over recent years because I have learned from their unique perspective on architecture and wider issues effecting the world.
Aditya was recognized for his work in the Global South, working with communities in Haiti, Lebanon and Indonesia, and for how he applies his people-centered approach to his work here at Cullinan Studio. I have seen first hand how our clients have benefitted from Ad’s ability to listen, build trust and devise unexpected, innovative design solutions to meet their needs while also being planet friendly. All communicated with kindness, humour and beautiful drawings. He constantly impresses me by continuing to research the psychology of how we relate to buildings, particularly workplace environments where he has created a progressive methodology for consultation.
Sahiba has embraced Cullinan Studio values of sustainability and social justice, taking every opportunity to engage in activities and with organisations that promote these values. She represents Cullinan Studio at Islington’s Sustainable Energy Partnership and the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group, keeping us abreast of local and global action we can take to make a difference while forming supportive alliances. Sahiba is proving to be an inspiring role model to younger architects here at Cullinan, but also to teenagers thinking about their future, particularly those who are typically underrepresented in the profession. Through her work with the Sorrell Foundation, Sutton Trust and Open City Accelerate she is contributing to positive changes in the practice of architecture and I am glad to see that RIBAJ Rising Stars sees the value in that too.
Carol Costello, Practice Leader