Rakhi Modi-Saraph (Architect)COA Regn. No. CA/2002/29438
Rakhi was born in 1979, and graduated in 2001 with Honours in Architecture from Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai. Post her graduation, she had been working both as a sole practitioner and with a few Mumbai based firms. She also participated in a few design competitions, and was ranked 8th all over India in one of them out of 70 participants. Her project experiences in design and construction (in architecture and interiors) range from industrial, commercial, hospitality, residential and retail. During her 3 year stay in Sydney, Australia, Rakhi has also worked on several Residential projects with Liquid Architecture P/L, initially in the capacity of a project Architect and thereafter in the role of an Associate in the Practice. Rakhi is still an Active member of NAWIC (National association of Women in Construction, Australia)
Rakhi is extremely passionate about design and believes in thinking out of the box. Questioning the brief and understanding the ‘best’possible solution for a given problem in one of the starting points in her design approach. Having a good understanding and appreciation and being involved in arts like music, dance and dramatics add a different dimension to her approach towards design solutions. The strength of her designs has usually been the core idea out of which the design is evolved/developed.
Vikram Saraph (Architect)COA Regn. No. CA/2004/32740
B.Arch (Mumbai) | MBEnv Sustainable Development (Sydney) | MCPM (Sydney)
Educated in India at Sir J J College of Architecture and later in Australia at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Vikram's portfolio contains projects from diverse design disciplines including residential, corporate, museum, health and civic and holds a proven track record in effective design and project management. Vikram graduated as an Architect in 2001 in Mumbai. After initial projects with local Architects in Mumbai and Pune, including Edifice Architects, Vikram was associated with the University of Pune for research relating to eco-friendly housing. He then moved to Sydney Australia to specialise in Sustainable Development at UNSW after which he also completed a Master's degree in Project Management.
Vikram's initial projects in Sydney included small retail and hospitality fit-outs. In 2007, he joined Ormsby Kerrins Freeman Architects (OKF) as a project architect and successfully executed various projects across disciplines including residential, museum, heritage, civic and health. OKF later became DWP (Design Worldwide Partnership) in 2009. Vikram's key projects include several high-end residential architectural and interior designs in Sydney, Ayala Museum in Philippines and a Maori cultural centre in New Zealand. In 2010, Vikram joined Salt Constructions (Sydney) as a Contracts Manager and was later appointed as Chief Operations Officer. At Salt, Vikram has been actively involved in facility maintenance for the NSW government departments of education and housing and other private organisations. He has contributed extensively towards Operations and Quality Managementat Salt and has exhibited proficiency in business management as well as project management.
Vikram developed and honed his research skills at UNSW and is passionate about applying the knowledge within the construction industry. He is also passionate about sustainable development, education, heritage and building information management. He strongly believes that the built environment must be an interactive interface and not a barrier or a partition between man and his social and ecological surroundings.