Aliya Khan is the Vice President of Design, Select Service and Extended Stay Lifestyle at Global Design Strategies, where she oversees projects for AC Hotels, aloft, Moxy, and Element brands.
Recently completed projects have included W New Orleans – French Quarter, W New York – Times Square, and W San Diego.
Khan joined Starwood in 2003 as Designer for W Hotels where she designed existing properties and new developments. In 2006, Khan was promoted to manager of design for Aloft brands. She then assumed the role of senior manager of design for W Hotels, followed by associate director of global brand Design for W and Le Méridien.
Khan has received several honors including: Gold Key Honoree for Best Suites (W Montreal, 2005); Gold Key Finalist for Best Bar (W Montreal, 2005); Starwood Gold Star Award (2007); and Gold Key Finalist for Best Lobby (Le Meridien Philadephia, 2010).
Previously, Khan worked as director of renovations at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, where she oversees global renovations for the W, Le Méridien, St. Regis, and The Luxury Collection hotel brands. She also served as a consultant at Pentagram Design on projects that included The Smithsonian Museum, The National Building Museum, and The Clark Institute of Art. Before that role, she held architect positions at both Husnain Lotia and Shahab Ghani and Associates in Pakistan. Khan was also an adjunct professor at Indus Valley School or Art and Architecture in Pakistan.