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Shimul Javeri Kadri - Principal Architect

 

Shimul Javeri Kadri founded and nurtured SJK Architects towards its current avatar as a firm that values culture and climate and builds gently in the context.

 

A woman with a mission she uses her 5 foot nothing frame to pursue her causes - building naturally and lightly, and supporting equality through education and feminism.

 

The added responsibilities as an occasional writer, jurist, speaker, and teacher result from her overwhelming desire to present, engage, and discuss her passions and concerns of 32 years of practice!

 

Vaishali Shankar - Design Director

 

Vaishali leads by example. Her strong technical skills and her drive for perfection are a significant part of the DNA of SJK Architects.She joined the firm soon after a research programme at IIT-Mumbai on climate and energy-conscious architecture, a subject that she is deeply passionate about, and believes that ‘Architecture, like Man, must gently tread the Earth,……. for the Earth endures’. A strong pillar of the organization, the success and learning from executing a wide array of projects at SJK has allowed her to hone her interest and skill at energy conscious architecture.

 

Engaging with diverse range of projects, she has worked on the architectural design and execution of large educational school and college buildings as well as the overall master planning of the campus, furthering issues like water management systems. A big challenge on these projects was also a modest budget. Another landmark project was the Karur factory, where entire vaults were constructed with mud hollow blocks for insulation. Recently treading into Hospitality, where she has completed a Hotel at Rajkot, and is commencing one at Bodhgaya, Vaishali has shown her flair for a systems approach to design where team work, detailing and budgets ensure the success of good design.

 

In sharp contrast to large institutional projects, she has also worked on several high-end commercial projects. The design of a diamond - inspired showroom for a jewelry brand or the design and detailing of a ‘weave’ - inspired screen for Synergy lifestyle portray her love for detail.

 

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Sarika Shetty - Design Director

Sarika is an indispensable pillar of the firm for over 18 years and brings rigour, passion, incredible energy and experience to the table. 

 

Her passion, dedication and constant endeavour to improve, be it design, minutest details, specifications or maintain a high-quality execution at every stage, is infectious and drives the team. 

 

She can find positives in almost everything she comes across in her day to day experiences, this makes her an acute observer and explorer. There is always something to learn and pick up from the simplest of conversations with her. Her constant quest for learning and exploring has made her a bird-watching enthusiast and now site visits with her are even more fun!

 

She is deeply concerned about the environment, loves Indian history and balances her work life and passions with a bright and curious 9-year-old daughter.

 

Roshni Kshirsagar - Design Director

 

An interior designer by qualification, Roshni has been with SJK Architects since Jan 2007.

She has had a wide range of experience handling various hospitality, retail and commercial interior projects. Large or small she is able to drive projects with a great deal of panache. The diversity of projects that she has handled has given her a wide perspective towards the process of design, execution and interpersonal relationships.

Roshni finds the ideology and approach of the firm towards each project inspiring. She is also an extremely dynamic designer and keeps the office abreast with all the current international design flavours!

Being an Interior Designer, Roshni adds a ‘finer’ dimension and style to all the interior projects, ensuring extremely well finished and accessorized spaces that are completely in sync with the architectural ethos of the space.

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Arunima Dubey - Architect

Even as an intern at our office, Arunima showed great promise. Now as an architect, she is growing at a rapid pace. 

She chooses sketches as a medium to explore and resolve design. Her well proportioned and neat sketches help the entire team get clarity on design.

Arunima is adept at Sketch-up as well and has been a key player through the concept design stages of a couple of projects.

She comes across as a quiet, level headed, patient person who does not hesitate to express her mind freely at times. She is passionate about sketching and singing out loud, which she strongly believes contributes to designing and creating a great working environment.

Riddhi Shah- Architect

Riddhi's search to mould an architecture that is minimal yet faceted, and contemporary yet rooted, is what brought her to SJK Architects. She puts her heart and soul into everything that she does, which gets reflected in her work. 

Working with immense focus, unceasing patience and melancholy temperament, are the innate strengths that make her a valuable teammate. A deeply spiritual and philosophical person at heart, she strives to strike a balance between her family life and career. 

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Sapna Rohra- Architect

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Sapna joined SJK in 2018, after having worked on multiple architectural competitions, an art and photography museum in Bangalore and residential projects. Her interest in the role of architecture as a mediator between its users and the urban fabric is what brought her here.

 

Currently working on a museum for Jain heritage in Gujarat, she takes on design challenges with a lot of clarity in thoughts, unrivalled vigour and positivity, with a firm belief in practical learnings. Often seen involved in healthy discussions with her co-workers, she is strongly opinionated and does not shy away from expressing her thoughts freely.

 

Nikita Shahdadpuri- Architect

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Joined SJK in 2016 soon after graduation and since then has been involved on various projects with the firm right from conceptual design to project execution.  Along with creating a healthy environment for her co-workers, she approaches each task with great enthusiasm and clarity.

 

Her design involvements from the smaller details to the larger conceptual understanding of the projects reflect her comprehensive approach to design. 

Apart from architecture, she has found her niche in promoting outdoor activities as a part of healthy and conscious living within the city through an independent cycling initiative. 

Payal Jain - Architect​

Payal joined the firm in late 2019 having previously worked on institutional projects at a Mumbai based firm since 2017. She strongly resonates with the ideology of building in sync with the local context and learning from it. 

Currently working on a Residence based in Nagpur, she has enjoyed detailing the elements that make up the strong language of the building. She also shares a deep interest in the fine arts that helps her create visually compelling images.

Kinjal Vora - Architect

 

Kinjal joined the office after graduating from Rachana Sansad's Academy of Architecture in 2019. Passionate about creating contextual Architecture, she completed her dissertation titled 'Appropriating Urban voids' that focused on bottom-up solutions to re-integrate urban voids in the city of Mumbai.

 

She is diligent and takes on tasks with great enthusiasm. She loves to learn and enjoys engaging in great conversations.

 

Also an amateur illustrator, she uses digital illustrations as a medium to capture memories, people and everyday experiences.

Janhavi Sankhe - Architect​

Janhavi joined the team, fresh out of college as a designer in 2019- finding her way back after having previously interned with the firm.

Actively seeking to understand the workings of projects, both ongoing and completed, she tries to extract as much knowledge and understanding helping her evolve as a holistic designer. She is committed and is motivated to go the extra mile to ensure precision. Her work style is research-oriented and pays special attention to details during design resolution.

 

Her curious nature is not restricted to the design and work sphere of her life. In her free time, you would find Janhavi pursuing her interests in photography and her cooking blog. She loves to converse about different cuisines, music and culture; engaging with fresh perspectives and new outlooks.

Nirmohi Kathrecha - Architect

Nirmohi graduated from the School of Environment and Architecture (SEA), Mumbai in 2020. She is deeply interested in architectural research, design, reasoning and thinking. Alongside, she has a passion for creative writing, graphic design, painting and small-scaled installations which she has gotten a chance to explore through multiple freelance projects during the course of her academia.

 

Her interest in theory and philosophy drives her design thinking and enables her to look at design holistically. After completing her thesis- ‘Inducing Play: IIT, Bombay’ which was published and credited in India: Imagined and Unbuilt 2.0, she joined SJK Architects in September 2020.

 

Nilay Shah - Architect​

Nilay graduated in 2019 from Kamla Raheja Institute for Architecture (KRVIA), Mumbai. His thesis "In search for Salvation: An inquiry in the experience of dying in Banaras" looked into bettering the design of Muktibhavans, religious hospices, in Banaras and was awarded the KRVIA Dissertation Gold Medal for 2019.

He likes to design with a narrative that keeps the context in mind which then forms the backdrop of his design. He believes great details make all the difference in any project, which brings him to SJK architects.

He is opinionated and eager to talk all the time. He loves his movies, shayaris, philosophy and politics all the same and aims to be able to discuss any topic with anyone.

Anshita Hinduja - Architect

Anshita's inclination to create spaces that empower the user to look within, are inclusive and in tandem with contextual sensitivity and practicality, is what brought her to SJK Architects in 2020. 

Born and raised in Mumbai, she utilised her thesis "Allowing Repose in a City" to position the role of an architect in a visually driven and consumerist urban context. She believes architecture is the most intimate contact one has with their physical world and hence it's potential as an effective medium must be harnessed.

Always keen to meet new people and gain newer perspectives, Anshita strives to view every sphere of life through the lens of sensitivity

Ahanta Ganti - Architect

Ahanta's keen interest in working on climate responsive projects which adopt unconventional construction techniques and materials is what brought her to SJK in 2021. Embodying these very principles, she's currently working on a residential and training centre project in Alibag.
 

A cynophilist at heart, her other passions include music, writing and travelling with a view of imbuing local architecture.
She believes that architects have a social responsibility to contribute and integrate environmental and spatial elements for a sustainable living.

Palak Jain - Architect​

Palak joined SJK Architects after graduating from Rachana Sansad’s Academy of Architecture in 2019. Interested in designs that seek inspiration from the existing context, she completed her dissertation titled ‘ Preserving the urban fabric: A case of Nagpur city’ that focused on revoking the lost architectural and cultural value of a heritage precinct in Nagpur, byways of architectural intervention.

 

She is committed to her work and her calm and optimistic attitude make her a good team player.
She enjoys travelling and graphic designing and is currently exploring the application of her architectural knowledge beyond the construction industry.

Srushti Pasalkar - Communication Designer

After completing her B.Arch in 2020, Srushti invested her time in exploring different branches that surround and help enhance architecture. Her deep passion for photography and writing took her to pursue these interests as a career. 

Srushti joined SJK Architects in 2021 as a Communication Designer with a background in architectural journalism and photography. She manages the firm's website and social media and helps in churning out content that best represents the firm's work and principles. 

Born in Mumbai, she finds inspiration from the city's spirit and gusto. She loves to travel and believes that respecting culture, history, food and languages are essential to appreciate architecture in its truest form. 

Samruddhi Naik- Technical & Admin lead

 

Samruddhi came to SJK Architects in Aug 2004, from Bangalore where she was part of our structural consultant’s team, with a stellar recommendation from them!

 

Already trained in a similar background, Samruddhi provides great technical and administrative support to the architects.

She plays a major role in the preparation and floating of all civil and interior tenders. She also handles other aspects of the project like preparation of Bill Certification, assists in Project Costing, Preparation of Work and Purchase orders.

Samruddhi is a multi-tasker and efficient troubleshooter ensuring that big and small hiccups faced by the office are removed quickly. She also oversees office accounting, cash flow and billing. Samruddhi is the anchor that helps ensure that the office machinery always works smoothly.

 

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Rupali Koli- Admin Assistant & Front Desk Executive

 

Rupali joined SJK Architects in July 2013 as an administrative assistant, with no exposure to the architectural profession.

 

She now plays the role of front desk executive and is the life support for the functioning of the office! An excellent administrator, she is the first point of contact for business guests, consultants and vendors. Rupali juggles the demands of twenty high energy professionals with charm and efficiency.

She has a genuine interest in smoothening lives within her sphere of influence and organises everything from schedules, travel and meetings to fun office parties, drawing from local restaurants and internet menus to keep us all well-fed and happy.

Vijay Sakpal - Model-Maker & Assistant

 

Vijay joined SJK Architects in June '2004.

Vijay helps arrive at design conclusions by making as many study models as the process requires. The final model is made by Vijay with such dedication and finesse that many designs have won immediate approvals because of the clarity with which the models have conveyed design intents.

 

Now he also makes terrific 3D computer models and is able to render them in Photoshop, but as an office, we favour his physical models over all things virtual. Vijay has a sense of zeal for everything he does and succeeds in infusing the entire office with this feeling. He is also a perfectionist in every little thing that he does.

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Soni Solaia - Support Member

 

Soni has been with SJK Architects since Oct 1999. Soni has been taking very very good care of the entire team and all the guests for many years. Her ever-smiling face and helping hand fill you with warmth.

 

In all her 21 years at SJK Architects, Soni might have taken maybe one day off! Her punctuality and commitment inspire all and she has a special place in SJK Architects!