Bangalore-born Argya Sadan started her career as an architect with some of India’s most prestigious design firms before transitioning to a career in Hollywood where she designs sets for film and television productions. An Indian who spent much of her youth living in Singapore and traveling across Asia, Sadan’s aesthetic sense was informed by the diverse range of cultures she was exposed to from a young age. This only sparked her curiosity about cultures abroad.
After completing her undergraduate architecture studies in Bangalore, Sadan moved to Cape Town, South Africa, where she worked in a sustainable eco-design firm to create quality low-cost housing affordable to local communities. To this day, she jumps at opportunities to design sets that tell global stories. Sadan has always been motivated by a desire to create a positive impact on the world. In India, she served as a fellow at the non-profit Make A Difference, where she led a team of writers, designers, and videographers to launch an education awareness campaign for at-risk children. Her work designing education camps across 23 Indian cities was recognized by the LeadershipXDesign Conference.
Sadan’s passion to make a difference by storytelling through film led her to gain acceptance to the American Film Institute Conservatory, ranked the top film school in the world by The Hollywood Reporter, and sporting alumni like David Lynch, Darren Aronofsky, and Terrence Malick. She completed AFI’s prestigious Production Design program in 2017, one of just ten students in her cohort and the only one from India. Sadan’s achievements have been recognized by the Art Directors Guild, which selected her as one of 13 recipients for its 2017 Production Design Initiative, and by the Television Academy, which recognized her as a finalist for its Emmy Internship Program the same year. Her 2018 thesis film Little Darling was nominated for Best Production Design at the Utah Film Festival and received a Gold Award for Production Design at the International Independent Film Awards.
Sadan’s designs have immersed audiences into a diverse range of beautiful worlds, from HBO’s recently released series Winning Time: The rise of the Lakers dynasty, which depicted the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team’s rise from the 1970s, to Oscar-winning director David Fincher’s upcoming feature Matz starring Michael Fassbender and Tilda Swinton and Ms. Marvel about Kamala Khan, Marvel’s first Muslim woman superhero.
Sadan has worked as a production designer, art director, and set designer on productions across genres. She is based in Los Angeles, where she can often be found exploring nature, taking breaks with hikes in the mountains, and visits to local farmers’ markets. She is open to travel for work.