People

Teaching – Core Faculty

 

Ar. Anand Achari (B.Arch., M.Arch., PG Diploma) – Professor (Principal, VESCOA)

Designation:- Principal

M.Arch., F.I.I.A., USGBC Faculty, IGBC-AP, GRIHA-Trainer, EDGE Expert -Auditor, ECBC Master Trainer, WSE member, Research Scholar (PhD) – IIT Bombay
He has been working as an architect in India and teaching students of graduate and post graduate courses in architecture from the past 19 years. His primary focus of teaching is towards environmental architecture and sustainability. He has been Head of Department of Post Graduate course at Rizvi college of Architecture for 7 years and teaching graduate students at various college of architecture for 19 years along with practicing Green building certification in India from past 10 years. He has certified many buildings under USGBC, IGBC, GRIHA along with having the following credentials, IGBC AP, GRIHA Trainer, EDGE Auditor and Expert, ECBC Master Trainer. He is currently a USGBC faculty. He is a fellow at Indian Institute of Architects and a member of World Society of Ekistics, Greece. He is currently pursuing PhD from IIT Bombay.

 

Ar. Mandar Vishnu Dhuri (B.Arch, M.Arch)

Designation:- Associate Professor

Associate Professor Mandar Dhuri has over 17 years of experience as an academic with his engagements with Course Structuring, Academic Coordination, Course development, Thesis Workshops, Paper presentation at large. He is the Design Competition Convenor for the Ar.Kamu Iyer Design Competition, KIDC, founded in 2015 in Navi Mumbai. An Alumni of Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Architecture, the 4th batch, 1995-2000. A practicing Architect & Academic he is also involved as the Co-Founder & Partner at STUDIO 24X6 THE DESIGN LAB.

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Mrs. Bhadrisha Shah (Executive MBA, M.Sc. Interior Design, GDID)

Designation:- Associate Professor

Bhadrisha Shah postgraduate in Executive MBA from ITM University, Master’s in Interior Design from M.S. University, Tirunelveli and Govt. full time Diploma in Interior Design from P.V. Polytechnic, SNDT University with distinction grades. She has worked as a freelance designer and executed many projects in residential and commercial segments under her own firm named B. Designers for around 24 years and she also worked with various firms – Kapil Bakshi and Architects as a project consultants, SDA Sameer Durve Architects as project planner, CNA Architects, Shah & Doshi Architects, Mayur Interiors as Interior Designer. She has 20 years of association with renowned institutions like TSAP, SPND and INIFD bandra as a head of Department and ITM, INIFD (Vashi, Andheri, Ghatkopar), Panache, PVP, GSPS, FCCE, etc as a visiting faculty. She has always been a part of SNDT university syllabus restructuring since 2008 and organised many national, international and state level seminars, workshops, exhibitions, shows, installations etc. for various institutes and students.

 

Ar. Mahesh Naik

Designation:- Associate Professor

Mahesh Naik has pursued (B.Arch (2001) and M.arch (2019) from Pillai’s college of Architecture, New Panvel. He had worked under Ar. Dean D’cruz and Ar. Hafeez Contractor and then started his own practice in the year 2002 in Navi Mumbai. His first project- Ebrahim Family House was nominated for the Aga Khan Award 10th cycle in the year 2007 and featured in 21st century world architecture by Phaidon press atlas, London. His another project- Moonlight Farmhouse -Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India. is included in online world architecture by Phaidon press atlas, London.he was TED Talk speaker in IIM Ranchi in the year 2012. He has 15years teaching experience in college. His works has been featured in 13 various architectural magazines, including Surface Asia Magazine (July-Sept 2012), Young Designer 2006 IAB, etc. He has 18 years field experience & his practice is based on Organic Architecture, creating structures that grow from nature and blend with it to achieve human centric design goals. He believes that Objective Organic Architecture focuses on creation of objective art forms.

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Ar. Shruti Verma (B.Arch., M.Arch)

Designation:- Associate Professor

Shruti Verma received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rizvi College of Architecture and Master of Architecture
(Environmental Architecture) from IES College of Architecture, Mumbai. She has a teaching experience of 8 years during which she has taught courses on Environmental Studies, Climatology, Architectural Design and Design Dissertation to B.Arch. students.She has also participated as faculty in design studios for M.Arch. courses.
She has a keen interest in water sensitive design, urban ecology and climate responsive architecture and has worked on professional assignments and paper presentations in a number of conferences on these themes. At present, she is pursuing her doctoral studies from TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi, in the Department of Regional Water Studies.
She also has a professional experience of nearly a decade during which she has worked on projects ranging from interiors to urban design guidelines.

 

Ar. Saurabh Choudhary (B.Arch, M. Arch; P.G. Const. Mgmt;)

Designation:- Assistant Professor

Received Bachelor of Architecture degree from Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Architecture, Nerul, Navi Mumbai and recently completed Master of Architecture with First Class from MGM’s Jawharlal Nehru Engineering College – Dept. of Architecture, Aurangabad. He has also completed a Post Graduate Programme in Advanced Construction Management (PGPACM) from National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR), Hyderabad. He has a collective work experience of over 11 years in architectural practice

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Ar. Ajit Nirmal (B.Arch., M.Arch.)

Designation:- Assistant Professor

Ajit received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rizvi College of Architecture and Masters in Environmental Architecture from YCMOU. Since past 8 years he has been involved in research, academics and professional work. Ajit has taught earlier at Rizvi college of Architecture, BVCOA-Navi Mumbai, LTIADS-KoparKhairane. He has keen interest in studying building physics and computational design approaches in Architecture. He has been awarded various scholarships and awards for academic excellence and commitment.

 

Ar. Pulkit Gupta (B.Arch; M.Arch)

Designation:- Assistant Professor

Pulkit Gupta is an Architect and an Environmentalist. He has been awarded various scholarships and awards for fine arts & academic excellence during his graduation. After graduating from Pillai College of architecture (PiCA), Navi Mumbai, he completed his Master’s in Environmental Architecture from Rachana Sansad, Mumbai. He is an active member of (USNM) Urban Sketching, Navi Mumbai. Pulkit has taught as assistant professor for 8 years and also, he has also been a visiting faculty at various colleges. He has participated in various national and international competitions. He conducts various design studios, workshops, heritage walks for architecture students in Malvan, Varanasi, Mumbai, Lonavala.

 

Ar. Abhijit Sahasrabudhe (B.Arch., M.Arch.; PG Diploma)

Designation:- Assistant Professor

Ar. Abhijit Sahasrabudhe is an educationalist and practicing Architect. He holds a graduate degree in Architecture from Mumbai University, Post-graduate degree in ‘Architecture – Theory and Design’ from CEPT University, Ahmedabad and a Post Graduate diploma in ‘Art Criticism and Theory’ from Jnana-Pravaha, Mumbai. He has worked in many prestigious Architecture offices across India and has been working in the field of Architectural education since the year 2015 as an Asst. Professor. He also has an active Architecture Practice and brings his professional experience into his teaching

 

Ar. Awani Sabnis ( B.Arch; M.Arch)

Designation:- Assistant Professor

Awani Sabnis has done her B.Arch from Dr. Balaram Hiray college of Architecture, Mumbai & Masters in Project Management, Mumbai University. She has 4 years of experience working with top construction firms and various technical consultants on residential, commercial & MHADA projects & has worked as an Architect and Project manager on Mass housing and various redevelopment projects in Mumbai. She has previously taught at Dr. Balaram Hiray college of architecture. An amalgamation of her background in management and passion for teaching has driven her to Academia.

 

Ar. Monica Giduturi (B.Arch., M.Arch.)

Designation:- Assistant Professor

Monica Giduturi received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Varaha College of Architecture and Planning (Affiliated to JNAFAU), Visakhapatnam and Master of Architecture (Sustainable Architecture) from Gitam School of Architecture, Visakhapatnam. She has professional experience in the fields of architectural design & planning and has worked on diverse projects across commercial, residential and urban design. She is also an IGBC Accredited Professional.

 

Ar. Neha Deshpande (B.Arch., M.Arch.)

Designation:- Assistant Professor

Ar. Neha S. Deshpande received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of Mumbai and Master’s in project management from University of Mumbai. She has professional experience of around 2 years in the field of Architecture and Interior designing and has worked on variety of projects, which include residential, commercial, and redevelopment projects.

Visiting Faculty

 

Ar. Manish Rangnekar
 

Graduated from Sir. JJ College of Architecture (1985-1990, B.Arch. with honors from Mumbai Univ.) Went on the work under DBMP architects and worked on various prestigious projects including extension on the famous Fariyas resort, Lonavala along with several other residential and commercial projects. Further went on the train under Princ. Satish Tungare, and assisting him on several residential projects for IAS & IPS officers. Started professional practice in 1993, and went on to do several architectural & interior projects. Initiated the 3D max rendering services along with CAD services for self as well as other architectural firms in India and abroad, and handled scores of working drawing projects along with project management, rendering & CAD services. Presently handling high rise residential projects in Mumbai & Kalyan, along with several interior projects. Manish Rangnekar is a professional artist as well, in the field of digital art.

 

Ar. Ruchi Kapoor
 

Ar. Ruchi graduated from L.S. Raheja School of Architecture, Mumbai in 1994. Thereafter she has worked with various offices in Mumbai and in San Diego, California, U.S.A.; where she had undertaken Architecture courses as well. She was involved in various projects ranging from single family residences to large commercial enterprises. She has found her true calling in teaching and is engaged in academia for almost 8 years now. She has previously taught as visiting faculty at D.Y. Patil College of Architecture, Nerul. Ruchi is an avid reader, theatre enthusiast and dabbles in creative writing in form of poetry and short stories. She has volunteered in community schools to imbibe the joy of reading amongst children.

 

Ar. Nilesh Gandhi
 

Nilesh Gandhi has been involved with the architecture profession for more than two decades now. He provides Landscape and Green Building Consultancy services. He completed his Masters from CEPT, Ahmedabad in Construction and Project management, and further enrolled to pursue his Phd from IIT Bombay in Climate Studies. Dr.Nilesh Gandhi, a Phd. Honours, is a member of at Council of Architecture, IIA, IIID, PVAI, IGBC, USGBC, and several other industry associations. Having Landscape designed more than 500 Acres of land, he has over a dozen projects Green Certified till date. He taught as a visiting faculty at Rizvi, and currently at Swami Vivekananda College of architecture. Nilesh is frequently invited for jury sessions at BV Kharghar, IDEA Nasik, amongst other reputed educational institutes. A speaker, moderator at various industry conferences and seminars, Nilesh actively advocates Landscape, Green Buildings, & Environmental Sustainability which are close to his heart and practice.

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Ar. Kiran Keluskar

 

Ar Kiran K Keluskar graduated from MES PiCA, Mumbai university in May 2001 with a 1st class with honours. He also graduated as the best student of the year and received a special mention in first Charles Correa gold medal. The professional journey started right in college years when he restored and redeveloped a defunct AnantRaje building in the APMC, Navi Mumbai in the year 1998-99. After graduating he worked with some of the best offices in Mumbai namely S+PS architects and then SRDA as an associate.

Simultaneously he started work on individual projects through The Cast Insitu architects and also taught full time at MES PICA between 2002-2007. In 2007 with the view of addressing rural architecture he moved the office to Sindhudurg while continuing visiting and guest lectures in Mumbai. He firmly believes that it not that good people make good architecture but good architecture can lead to making of good people. He has remains passionate with his works and teaching.

 

Ar. Pooja Panvelkar

 

Ar. Pooja Panvelkar graduated as an Architect in the year 2002 from the prestigious Sir J. J. School of Architecture. With an experience of over 18 years of working on projects across verticals like Hospitality, Corporate Architecture and Interiors, Pooja gets to the table a wide range of exposure. Practising Architect and a Teacher at Heart, she finds it important to enhance the students knowledge bank and make them “profession-ready” as they take their first steps in this field. Architecture and Interior Design and Detailing has been her forte. Her practise – Design Palette has been providing Design Solutions to corporates not only in India but abroad as well.

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Parag Savla

 

Parag Savla is Principal Architect at Architect Savla and Associates (ASA Studio), Mumbai. He has completed his M.Sc. in Sustainable Environmental Design at Architectural Association, London, 2009 and B.Arch. at Academy of Architecture, Mumbai University in 2007. He joined ASA Studio as a Partner since 2016 and have worked on various master planning projects, logistic parks and residential re-developmet projects. Previously he has worked with reputed design studios like RTKL, London, Satish N. Madhiwala and ADA, Mumbai on Landmark projects in High rise townships, Institutes and Hospitality. He has previously taught Environmental Architecture to M.Arch students at Rachana Sansad, (YCMOU University) and Environmental Design to Interior students at ISDI Mumbai (Parsons, NY). His professional expertise and teaching at various Institutes in Mumbai have contributed towards the development of students in the field of environmental design and research towards Passive Design.

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Ar. Priyanka Talreja
 

Priyanka Talreja is a conservation architect and a design professional based out of Mumbai. She has studied architecture (Sir J.J.College of Architecture, Mumbai) and conservation of historic buildings (University of Bath, UK). Earlier she has worked as an architect at CCBA Designs, as a Project Co-ordinator at INTACH Mumbai Chapter and Dr. BhauDaji Lad Museum, and as a conservation architect at Somaya&Kalappa Consultants. She has also consulted on conservation projects and dealt with interior design as a freelancer. Priyanka is an active member of INTACH, ICOMOS and Urban Sketchers. Priyanka enjoys engaging with the layers within a city and analyzing them in context with the historic fabric. She is an art enthusiast and an avid reader. Her research interests include industrial heritage, art deco cinema buildings and risk preparedness.

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Ar. Jinisha Lodaya

 

Jinisha Lodaya is an architect by profession and currently pursuing her Masters in Urban Design. She is also an Asst. Professor of Humanities at Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai since 2012 and holds a Post Grad. Diploma in Indian Aesthetics from Jnanapravaha, Mumbai. She started ‘The Happy Turtle Initiative’ to advocate her belief in a Zero waste approach of living. Her hobbies include creative writing and has contributed articles to the architecture blog ‘Square one’. She loves travel planning and apartment gardening and lives life by an ever-expanding bucket-list

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Ar. Lalit Davate

 

Ar.Lalit R. Davate is an Environmental Architect, Educator and Researcher. He has received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pillai’s college of Architecture, New Mumbai and Masters in Environmental Architecture from Rachana Sansad’s Institute of Environmental Architecture, Mumbai. He has 3 years of teaching experience and Practicing Architect. He is also working as Junior research fellow (JRF) with Science and technology park, Pune for Department of Science Technology, Gov. of India. He has expanded his skills through research and worked on projects with focus on Sustainability, Affordability and conservation. He is actively researching and working on Bamboo composite structures integrating inexpensive and traditional skills with contemporary aesthetics.

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Ar. Rahul Shrikhande
 

AR. Rahul has done Masters in Sustainable Architecture and he has been working in the field of Green Buildings from more than Nine years. Prior to start his own practice in 2016 at Mumbai, he was working with TERI, Delhi as a research associate, his area of specialisation is solar passive architecture which includes Architecture design optimisation, integration of day lighting, shading design, passive heating and cooling system, Low energy and high performance building materials and construction technology. He is actively involved in capacity building training programs on Green buildings. He has trained several government and private organisation officials across India during his tenure with TERI. He is passionate to interact with young professionals and motivate them to work towards the Sustainable future. He was also associated with M.tect students of TERI University and currently working as a asst. professor at VESCOA, Chembur

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Ar. Shrutika Keluskar
 

Ar. Shrutika Keluskar graduated from MES PICA, Mumbai in the year 2009 with first class. She persuaded her specialization in Bamboo Architecture and has practiced in Bamboo for more than 10 years. She has been a pioneer of Bamboo in design education across the design Colleges. She has conducted more than 15 workshops in several colleges in the name ECOLUX.She heads the company SKConstruction Services and has carried out several projects in Residential, Hospitality in Sindhudurgh while working for TCIS Architects, Mumbai. She has an experience working with L&T and has worked on High rise projects. She is also pursuing her Master’s in Project Management from Mumbai University.

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Ar. Aparna Rao
 

Aparna Rao is an Architect (MSU, Baroda, 1995) and Urban Planner
(CEPT University, Ahmedabad, 1997) working in various capacities in the architecture and planning fields in Mumbai since 22 years. Beginning her career with teaching, she then worked in the practical field through association with various firms; she has returned to teaching as visiting faculty with some Mumbai architecture colleges. Working on a wide range of aspects from valuation and municipal proposals to architectural and interior design for project sizes ranging from small offices/ residences to large campuses/ townships has afforded a wide perspective of the field which she has chosen to channel into her special pursuit of writing. She practices today as a freelance design writer and has majorly been involved with the networking portal TFOD – The Future of Design, where she has helped showcase the works of professionals in the design fraternity and contributed 200+ articles.

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Mr. Vivek Umrikar
 

Working with VESIT since 1991 as a faculty in Humanities and Applied Sciences Department. Presently heading the department. Completed graduation in Civil engineering from Marathwada University, Aurangabad and post-graduation in STRUCTURS from Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Mumbai. After three years’ experience in construction industry, landed in teaching and till date continuing the same. Helping students to develop interest in analytical skills and visualization with the help of subjects like Mechanics, Theory of structures, Engineering Drawing etc. Areas of interest – Teaching, Indian Classical music and Philosophy.Awarded with “DRONACHARYA AWARD” for excellence in teaching in 2005.

Non Teaching

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Mrs. Roshni More (M.A., M.B.A.)
Designation:- Sr. Clerk. (Administrative Head),
Experience: 15 Years,

She holds Master degree in Arts and MBA. Having 13 years of experience in working in administration of Architectural Institute, she is currently In-charge of overall administrative operations, admissions, examinations, and corresponds with all statutory bodies.

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Mrs. Archana Kadam (M.A., M.LIB.)
Designation:- Librarian,
Experience: 12 Years,
Specialization: Library & Information Science,

She holds Master Degree in Arts Master Degree in Library Science. Her area of responsibilities includes of maintaining Library, Housekeeping and Quality check for various activities of college. She has 12 years’ experience in Library field. She has worked previously in Engineering Institute, Pharmacy Institute, and MBA Institute. She has various hobbies such as drawing, reading a book, Rangoli making, cooking etc.

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Radha Ghadi
Designation:- Accounts Clerk,
Experience: 6 Years

She holds degree in Commerce Stream. Her duties include taking care of accounts of the college. She has 6 Years of experience as an Accountant. She has various hobbies such as travelling at different places etc.

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Mrs. Neeta Thakur (B.COM)
Designation:- Jr. Clerk (Store & Accounts),
Experience: 5 Years

She holds degree in Commerce Stream. She handles store dept. and also assisting in accounts. She has 5 Years of experience as an office cum accounts assistant. She has various hobbies such as making rangoli, cooking etc.

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Ms. Priyanka Trimbake (B. Com)
Designation:- Jr. Clerk ,
Experience: 3 Years

She holds degree in Commerce Stream. She handles front office work and exam section. She has 3 Years of experience as a trainer in advance computers atvarious computer institute. She has various hobbies such as making rangoli, reading etc.

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Mr. Prashant Nikam (Diploma in Civil Engineering)
Designation:- Lab Assistant

He holds Diploma in Civil Engineering degree. He currently handles various labs and workshops like surveying lab, environmental lab, services lab, material museum and model making workshop and carpentry workshop. Maintaining all Labs and Workshops and procurement of instruments required for the same are few of the responsibilities.

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Mr. Jayendra Shivgan
Designation:- Peon / Helper, ,
Experience: 12 Years,

His areas of responsibilities include maintenance of college, office & equipment’s, supervision of housekeeping and day-to-day maintenance/p>

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Mr. Vinesh Katkar
Designation:- Peon / Helper
Experience: 2 years

His areas of responsibilities include supervision of housekeeping & day to day maintenance, Maintenance of college, office & equipment’s.