Teaching – Core Faculty


Ar. Anand Achari (B.Arch., M.Arch.) – 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 18 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 18 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 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. 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. 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. Rejish Ramachandran (B.Arch., M.Arch.)

Designation:- Assistant Professor

Rejish Ramachandran a graduate with Masters in Architecture
(Urban Design) from K.R.V.I.A., Mumbai. His experience with design and design development has led him to develop a keen interest in research and academics. He had Worked in Qatar for a duration for 6 months and had taught at BharatiVidyapeeth College of Architecture for a year. His work “Shared Space, shared future – Exiled spaces in the city” was widely appreciated for its innovative approach to comprehend the dynamic fabric of the city and for its graphical representations and analysis as a narrative.



Designation:- Assistant Professor

ArPreeti Nair is a graduate from Pillai’s College of Architecture and received her post-graduation degree in Urban Design from KRVIA Mumbai. She has a collective work experience of over 13 years including architectural practice, urban design and planning practice and as an academician. She has a nuanced interest in research and development of small urban spaces. she has also submitted a paper titled” Re-imagining the otheredcity: A case for micro area planning” to Observer Research Foundation and MCGM as part of a Development plan paper competition and was one of the winners felicitated. She has also worked actively on smart cities and village development plans as part of her professional assignments.



Designation:- Assistant Professor

Ar.Nupur Achliya received her bachelors of Architecture degree from MGM’s Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture college, Aurangabad and pursuing master of Architecture (Masters by research) from Sir J.J. college of Architecture. She has also received a post diploma certificate for capacity development programme Built Heritage studies and Conservation and have also completed an online course from NPTEL – Role of craft and technology in Interior Architecture. She has also published one paper in international conference. She is a practicing Architect and interior designer with 3 years of work experience. Her experience with design and design development has led her to develop a keen interest in Research and academics.

Visiting Faculty


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.


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. Jinisha Lodaya


JinishaLodaya 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


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


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.


Ar. Yashika Tijoriwala

Ar. Yashika Tijoriwala is a graduate from Kamla Raheja Institute for Architecture, Mumbai. She has her own practice under the name of Dark Blue Studios, which deals in interior design, furniture design and woodworking. Woodworking being her passion, she has her own space where she designs, experiments and executes works commissioned by architects on one side, and keeps exploring the vast realm of woodworking on the other. The main focus of exploration being usage of traditional joinery in the pieces which make the work look elegant, exquisite and seamless.


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


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.


Mrs. ArchanaKadam (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.


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.


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.


Ms.PriyankaTrimbake (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.


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.


Mr. JayendraShivgan
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>


Mr. VineshKatkar
Designation:- Peon / Helper
Experience: 2 years

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