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Tony Ashai Biography
Tony Ashai, an award-winning architect from Kashmir, is a brand unto himself. Adam set a new benchmark in the design of residential and luxury apartments, resorts, shopping centers, five-star hotels and tower developments around the world. He believes there are local artistic lines behind his global creative designs.
Tony was born and raised in a common family in Kashmir. Tony was actually a dreamy kid who never played. Everyone else was sitting on the edges, drawing, playing cricket or soccer. “I was a chubby kid,” he recalls, “I always kicked.” His family thought he was lazy, but they didn’t know, he was busy dreaming. “I would have imagined I was playing, but I never really played.” He was a creative force who couldn’t hit the grass.
Tony Ashai Childhood
Ashai, an introverted girl, attended private lessons at Srinagar Art School in Rajbagh. She then she was only in sixth grade and was too young to enroll in school. However, as she sensed her creative interest, she was allowed to learn art with older children. He was very clear about her career choice until she passed the 12th grade. At the age of 16, she flew to Chandigarh to study architecture.
Tony Ashai Education
He graduated in 1985. He soon went to Italy, France, England, and then the United States. While he was drawing a local monument, Dean of the College of Architecture Robert Shibley saw it. Professor Shibley was impressed by his talent and his realistic presentation. He then gave her the opportunity to obtain a Master of Architecture from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
A year later, Ashia meticulously studied human behavior in urban areas for six months in Europe. Among the few other skills he learned during his trip to Europe are the nature of urban space and his relationship to human psychology.
Tony Ashai Work & Career
Between 1989 and 1992, Tony worked on the renovation of the Chrysler Building for the James Barclay and Associates architectural firm in Manhattan. In 1993, he founded his own form of architectural design, Ashai & Associates, in Torrance, California. In 1995 Tony established a construction management company, Ashai Construction and Development, and a new design company Ashai Design Corporation to ensure his designs are completed as expected.
To start with, Ashai Design designed high-end luxury environments that enhanced the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Celebrities like AC Green, David Beckham, Chuck Noski, former vice president of AT&T Corporation live in their house designed by Ashai. His home also appeared on the popular American television series OC.
In 2006, Ashai Design Corporation expanded globally; Provided large-scale design projects in Pakistan, India, and Dubai. It now has offices in these countries and employs more than 40 people. Tony designed Dubai Lifestyle City and five anonymous Ashai Towers.
His different approach to his design makes him a global rage. He trains his clients to visualize, closes their eyes and explains the houses to him right in front of their doors to the gardens. He even asks them to imagine the color of the chandeliers and which side they are hanging from in the room. He sees himself as a chef. “Order, I cook!”
In California, Tony lives with his Kashmiri wife, Dr. Jamila, and his two children, his daughter Simmone and his son Billy.
Believing that his artistic lines may be genetic, Tony feels his roots behind his creative work in Kashmir, a region famous for his art and culture. Perhaps that is why he is now expanding his operations in Kashmir by designing a model colony in Rawalpora of Srinagar.