INSIDE THE WORLD OF ARCHITECT SEHER AZIZ
Meet Seher Aziz, the architect who’s worked on incredible projects across the world after completing her Masters from Yale. With the precision of her German experience, she’s known for ambiances that are elegant and celebratory through her firm Studio Será.
“Studio Será was born – quite simply, out of the desire to create spaces that were savage in their beauty”
Tell us a bit about your design philosophy.
Did you always want to become an architect?
You’ve recently finished designing TAO at the Jehan Numa Palace Hotel, in Bhopal, India. What has that experience been like?
Polished slate floors and dark brick walls, hand-crafted furniture with touches of cane and colour, come together to create an ambience of elegance and celebration. With a carefully curated palette of textures and materials, custom-made lights, and a larger than life mural wall hand painted by a local artist and designed in collaboration with Mumtaz Mustafa, we hope to create an immersive environment that takes its visitors on a journey Across the Orient.
We’ve seen collaborations with mural artists such as Mumtaz Mustafa and Naveen Shakil in your work. What was the inspiration for your work with them?
Mumtaz and Naveen just happen to be experts in their respective fields of graphic design and mural art, so when opportunities have arisen where clients may require branding or we felt a feature/wall art is required in a space, it just made so much sense to reach out to them!
Does this knowledge and passion for painting come from your studies in architecture school?
Quite the other way around! I have been painting or creating art in some form or another from childhood days, ever since my aunt, Nayyar Jamil, taught me how to hold a crayon and to see an apple in all its colour.
Has your formal training/practice in the US and Germany impacted or altered your practice in Karachi?
It has left a certain level of yearning for German precision!
How did Studio Será come about?
Prior to that, I had worked at the office of Robert Stern in the US, Behnisch Architekten in Germany, and Rafael Vinoly Architects in the UK. The experience I gained working at each of these differently run practices on projects of various scales allowed me to understand what I was after. Eventually, Studio Será was born – quite simply, out of the desire to create spaces that were savage in their beauty.
Can you tell us a bit about what you’re currently working on?
We are super excited about an upcoming 12 room boutique lodge coming up in the rural heart of Kipling country, India (think Jungle Book), a rustic modern, gentle intervention on the outskirts of a Tiger Reserve.
“I can promise you some more exciting eateries coming your way in Karachi soon”
Hospitality projects are fast becoming one of my favourite kinds of spaces to design, and I can promise you some more exciting eateries coming your way in Karachi soon that we are currently working on!
What would you consider to be a design mistake?
Any advice for people considering to design a space or for those considering to hire an architect/designer?
If you’re considering designing a space — hire an architect! And once you hire an architect, let them (us) do their jobs!