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 are the outcome of 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.
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 is able to find positives in almost everything she comes across on 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.
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, as well as 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 her 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.
Sapna Rohra- Architect
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.
Harshini Yohee- Architect
Harshini graduated from RV College of Architecture, Bangalore in 2016. She joined SJK in 2018 after working on various residential and healthcare projects in a Bangalore based firm.
She likes to travel and capture moments by experimenting with her photography. Her explorative attitude makes her open to try new things.
She has a quiet, observant and friendly persona whose focus cannot be disturbed, displaying her sincere and hardworking nature. Her grasping abilities along with fast adaptation to change makes her an efficient member.
Mansi Joshi - Interior Designer
Mansi joined our office in early 2019 following her graduation from Vadodara. She believes that the process leading to any design decision is the most important and enjoyable phase of a project. Thus, a patient listener, she strives to engage in discussions that explore varying concepts and ideologies.
Her optimistic and approachable nature makes her a good fit for the team. While her other interests lie in books, films and travel, it's the aesthetic and social backdrops of these that fascinate her the most and serve as a catalyst to her creativity.
Kinjal Vora - Architect
Kinjal joined the office after graduating from Rachana Sansad's Academy of Architecture in 2019. Passionate about creating Architecture that is contextual, 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.
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.
Rupali Koli- Admin Assitant & 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 organizes 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.
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 fills 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!