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Ayesha Khan

Ayesha Khan

New York, NY, US

 

About 

After working briefly in Dubai, cutting my teeth in a burgeoning hospitality design industry, I moved to New York, where I was both a full time designer and contributor to various prestigious design publications.  I have a passion for writing, which has served me well, as my employers always tap into my impeccable writing and communication skills.  I briefly veered from hospitality design to foray into retail design, working at retail behemoth L Brands' Victoria's Secret on flagship store design.  The glamour and grandeur of hospitality design lured me to Jeffrey Beers International where I currently utilize both my architecture/project management skills and my creative design mind to lead large-scale, multi-faceted projects. 

Employment 

Jeffrey Beers International, New York, NY, US, Project Lead

Project Lead on a large-scale project for a major entertainment corporation, using my varied experience in interior design and architecture/project management in equal measure:
-Recruited and managed a team of 12 designers and architects
-Ensured the project contract was correctly executed and all deadlines and deliverables were met
-Provided design guidance and presented the design at all key client presentations to major company stakeholders.
-Presided over all international architectural and technical coordination meetings.

Feb 2018 - current
 

Jeffrey Beers International, New York , Senior Interior Designer

-Lead Designer on a 6,000-passenger cruise ship for Italian cruise company Costa Crociere
-Took the design from concept to completion, attending all client presentations, coordination meetings, mock-up reviews, etc, and preparing both specifications and architectural drawings.
-One of the key designers on Atlantis Sanya, a mega-resort project in China, focusing on FF&E and material selection and documentation for everything from luxury signature suites to public spaces and a host of F&B outlets.

Mar 2016 - Feb 2018
 

Victoria's Secret, New York, NY, US, Senior Store Designer

• Established Victoria’s Secret’s specification system for lighting, furniture, drapery and wall covering which will be used going forward in every store. Was able to parlay experience in Hospitality Design specifications to a retail setting to the benefit of a large organization.
• Designer on specialty stores throughout the Middle East (Dubai, Turkey, Lebanon)
• Designer on upcoming flagship stores in Las Vegas

Mar 2013 - Jul 2014
 

Freelance Writer, New York, Freelance Fashion and Design Writer

Took a brief hiatus from the world of hotel design to focus on my love for writing. Contributed to the likes of Harper's BAZAAR, Esquire, Vanity Fair and Architectural Digest, a publication with whom I would establish an enduring, nearly-decade long relationship.

Aug 2011 - Feb 2013
 

BG Studio International, New York , Senior Project Designer

• Lead designer on Celebrity Cruises’ Reflection vessel, designing the main lobby/atrium, Sky Observation Lounge/Nightclub, trendy Martini Bar and Signature Suite.
Managed design and FF&E
• Lead Designer on Nakheel’s prestigious Queen Elizabeth 2 project, designing the Queen’s Grill, Whiskey and Martini Bars, Britannia Grill, Princess Grill and the 5-deck Funnel Penthouse, conceived as the most luxurious penthouse ever built.
• Project Manager on Liberty Luxe and Liberty Green, high-rise towers on two of the last buildable sites in New York’s Battery Park, which included typical apartments, lobbies, amenity lounges and pool/roof decks. Managed design, FF&E selections, budget, delivery and installation.
• Served as interior designer on several cruise ship projects such as Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, the two largest cruise ships ever built.
• Styled and directed photo shoots of all BG Studio’s completed projects.

Mar 2008 - Jun 2011
 

Gruzen Samton Architects, LLP, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect/Interior Designer

• Worked on a multi-tower residential project in Seoul, Korea producing CD drawings
• Created specifications for the design standards of all Kidville stores in New York City

Sep 2007 - Mar 2008
 

Hospitality Design Consultants Dubai, Dubai , Interior Designer

With my expert communication skills and contacts with American interior design firms doing work in Dubai, I independently consulted on a variety of hospitality projects with Kerzner International, Jumeirah, EMAAR and Rotana.
• Key designer of 3 new F&B concepts for the Jebel Ali International Golf Resort and Spa, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.
• Worked with South Africa-based Mirage Mille Leisure and Development to create Jumeirah’s Bab al Shams Desert Resort and Spa
• Worked with local procurement firm Dragoni International to fulfill American design firms' specifications for several prestigious hotels and resorts as well as key residential projects for EMAAR.

Jun 2004 - Aug 2007
 

Education 

American University in Dubai, Dubai, AE, Bachelors, Architecture and Interior Design

Specialized in the architecture and interiors of hospitality projects, with most of the coursework taking place on active hotel projects and building sites in the burgeoning city of Dubai.

Maintained highest cumulative grade point average among students in my department all 4 years, graduating Cum Laude
Published in “Who’s Who” series which profiles outstanding students from universities around the world
Prepared Honors Dissertation on Psychology of Space in Dubai hotels, and Senior Thesis on hotel design (with case studies on Shangri-La Dubai, and Starwood’s W hotels) both of which received top honors from critics & reviewers

Oct 1999 - May 2004
 

Areas of Specialization 

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