Speaker Profile

Sarika Shetty

Sarika Shetty


SJK Architects

Sarika Shetty is a partner at SJK Architects, along with Shimul Javeri Kadri, Vaishali

Mangalvedhekar, and Roshni Kshirsagar. Founded in 1990, SJK Architects is a

Mumbai-based collective of 30+ built environment professionals working with clients

and collaborators across the country. They design spaces that are meticulously

crafted from a study of climate, culture, history, and technology – each unique to the

place and its people.


Sarika joined SJK Architects in December 2001 while still in college, and there has

been no looking back since then. With 20+ years of rich experience, Sarika’s work

cuts across multiple scales and building typologies, and diverse sites and clientele.

She is passionate about cultural histories and believes in an architectural practice of

contemporary idioms guided by the past.


Over the years, Sarika has led several award-winning projects at SJK Architects,

setting benchmarks in context-driven, sustainable design in the country and across

the globe. These include the Dasavatara Hotel (2015) in Tirupati, India, which draws

inspiration from the crafts and culture of the holy city; the Boat Club Apartments

(2020), which set a new precedent of apartment-living in the residential locality of

Chennai; and more recently, a 100-Bed Rural Multispeciality Hospital (2022) in

Alibaug, India, designed to create an environment of calm and healing.


Sarika strongly believes that with the right attitude and immense passion, any

challenge can be created into an opportunity. Her constant endeavour to learn and

improve at every stage, from sketching that first line on paper to ensuring the quality

of execution on site, drives her and her team at SJK Architects.


Sarika’s quest for learning and exploring also translates into her love for the

wilderness and bird-watching. When away from work, she can be found trekking and

exploring the jungle with her teenage daughter.