Our Team

Selvam Rajavelu, AIA, NCARB

President & CEO

Selvam joined the firm in 1990 and is now the President and Principal at NJRA Architects. Selvam received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Utah in 1991. He is a member of the National Golden Key Honor Society for his outstanding performance. He received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Anna University, Chennai, India in 1989. He graduated at the top of his class and received the Gold Medal Award from the University. He is a member of the AIA (American Institute of Architects) and A4LE (Association for Learning Environments). He is certified by NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) and also a member of UFOMA (Utah Facilities Operation and Maintenance Association). He attends conferences regularly to know the
current trends in healthcare and educational fields.

Selvam’s main focus is in designing Green and eco-friendly buildings. He attends LEED
(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) workshops regularly to update his knowledge. He has a strong passion for design and perfection. He concentrates on the accuracy of information provided in the construction documents. A well coordinated document helps the contractor to be on schedule and avoids costly change orders.

Selvam is very active in the community. He is actively involved in the fund raising, design, and construction of the India Cultural Center in South Jordan, Utah. He also served as treasurer for the India Forum of Utah for five years.

Kristin Harrison

Office Manager

Kristin joined NJRA Architects in 1986. She is in charge of all administrative aspects of the business and also oversees the marketing for the firm. She is experienced in working in a fast-paced environment demanding organizational, technical, and interpersonal skills. Kristin is committed to superior customer service and is poised and confident while interacting with individuals at all levels. She actively keeps up to date on new accounting software, marketing ideas and trends, and the progress of each project. Kristin is actively involved in the Society for Marketing Professional Services, Utah branch, and attends their educational luncheons nand workshops.

Tiffin West, Associate AIA

Associate & Project Manager

Tiffin received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree and Master of Architecture from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. During her education at the University of Utah, Tiffin received the Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation of America Award, had a project published in the Utah Opera Magazine, and was awarded the AIA/AAF Scholarship. She was also a teaching assistant for Environmental Controls and Architectural History courses.

By participating as a team member, job captain, and project manager, Tiffin has developed long- lasting relationships with several of our long-term clients. She joined the firm in 2000 and was promoted to Associate in 2007. Tiffin is an integral member of our educational design team. She works closely with school districts, staff, and community members to ensure all of their ideas and goals are met in the new facility. Tiffin has managed many educational projects for numerous school districts throughout the State.

Tiffin strives to keep up to date on educational trends, design solutions, and technological advances. She has served as a member of the AIA “Architecture for Education Committee”, Utah chapter. Goals of this committee are to increase awareness and knowledge about the design of educational facilities to other Architects specializing in this area, as well as those working within the school districts. Tiffin regularly attends UFOMA and A4LE conferences in order to keep up-to-date on current issues within the school districts and school facility design as well as procedures for energy management, security, safety, and code implementation to name a few.

With her husband and two children, Tiffin enjoys Utah’s unique state and national parks, ski resorts, and rivers on a regular basis. As a resident of downtown Salt Lake City, Tiffin also believes in keeping an awareness of the urban, social, and sustainable aspects that will keep the city’s growth responsible and the downtown a vibrant place to live.

Shailesh Munot, Associate AIA

Associate & Project Manager

Summary
Shailesh holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Utah. During his education at the University of Utah, Shailesh was handpicked to receive a teaching assistant scholarship for demonstrating excellence in structures. Shailesh received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Pune, India in 1998. He then worked in India for a year as an architect before moving to the United States to pursue his graduate studies

For the past nineteen years, Shailesh has worked on complex healthcare projects including new hospitals, hospital expansions, remodel and tenant improvement projects that have led him to excel in healthcare planning, project management, and construction administration roles. Shailesh offers a creative and comprehensive contribution to the entire design process. He has worked on several complex and award-winning projects in Utah including the Intermountain Medical Center, Riverton Hospital, Utah Valley Hospital, and Dixie Regional Medical Center.

Shailesh continues to expand his medical expertise by attending conferences, workshops, and gaining on-the-job experience working with clients on new projects. Shailesh is technically savvy and is very passionate about the accuracy and detailing of the drawings. He believes that a detailed set of drawings is the foundation for a project’s success.

When not at work, Shailesh enjoys spending time with his wife Rupali and playing with their two sons, Ved and Vivan. Shailesh loves the outdoors and enjoys gardening during the summer months.

Sourabh Sinha, Associate AIA, LEED AP

Project Manager

Sourabh is a LEED Accredited Professional and received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Utah in 2005. He also received a Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from the University of Rajasthan, India in 2001. He has worked as a licensed architect in India before coming over to USA to pursue his higher studies. Since graduating in 2005, he has been working on various projects specializing in Healthcare and Educational type facilities.

Sourabh’s passion for architecture directly translates into projects he is involved with at NJRA. He appreciates the way architectural environments affect human lives and can touch their emotions. His architectural experience ranges from design, project coordination, project management and construction administration. His interest in green and environment friendly design influences his design process and produces buildings that are energy efficient and have low environmental impact. He believes good design should be accompanied with detailed, thorough and clear construction documents.

Sourabh is also active in the community, currently serving as the cultural secretary for the Bengali Association of Utah. He is a trained singer and a keyboard player and has organized and performed at various social events in the Salt Lake Valley. He likes to play cricket and badminton. When not at work Sourabh enjoys spending time with his family, hiking in the mountains, and traveling.

Paul Hirschi, AIA, LEED AP

Project Architect

Paul has worked in the Salt Lake City metro area for the majority of his career and has well established connections with approval agencies throughout the valley. He is also licensed in several adjoining states. Paul has over 30 years in the architecture profession. He understands the process necessary to manage projects of all types and complexities. Paul’s strong belief in connecting the client to their project has been his focus on every phase of the projects that he works on. As project architect, he is responsible for overseeing the architectural aspects of the development of the design, production of construction documents and specifications. He coordinates the needs of the client with our technical staff and consultants. He has a passion for sustainable design and encourages these practices in each project. He continues to work with commercial brokers, developers, contractors, and individual clients to provide all aspects of architectural design. His experience includes vertical mixed-use, retail, multi-level office, medical office, tenant interiors, assisted living and hospice care projects—a few of which have been featured in DESIGN Magazine.

Paul enjoys spending his free time with his wife, four children and grandchildren. They enjoy camping and playing tennis together when time allows.

Carlos Reyes

Architectural Technician

Ever since a young child, Carlos has been interested in Architecture. Carlos has been working as an architectural technician for over 8 years and has had the opportunity to gain knowledge not only in the Architectural field but also in civil, mechanical, pipeline, and electronics field. Carlos has worked on a variety of projects from small residential remodels to a mile long polysilicon plant in China.

When not at work, Carlos enjoys spending time with his family. Depending on the mood and weather, he enjoys his spare time drawing, playing soccer or any other sports, car shows and races. He also enjoys spending his time working on building small projects that require design, ideas and sketching.

Justen Christensen

Architectural Technician

Drafting, building and designing projects has always been a passion for Justen. He grew up with a construction background. Working with his dad pouring concrete is what he did for most of his summer jobs growing up. Doing that has taught Justen the importance of a hard day’s work and also the importance of doing a job right the first time.

Justen is looking forward to becoming a licensed architect in the future. He is currently enrolled in the architectural program at Utah Valley University and will graduate in the Spring of 2022.

When Justen is away from work he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He enjoys playing soccer, football and ultimate Frisbee when the weather is good. But staying inside and watching a movie is always fun to do as well.

Katianne Jones, Associate AIA

Architectural Technician

Katianne completed her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees at the University of Utah and participated in the Design Build Bluff program. She is expanding from residential design into the commercial sector and building experience in pursuit of licensure.

Katianne’s passion for the built environment is driven by her fascination with its impact on the individual and the natural environment; the idea of a building going beyond avoiding negative impact to actually contributing positively to its surroundings. She sets her mind and goals on expanding what architecture can be. To this end her studies have included regenerative design and efficient or passive controls.

Outside of architectural pursuits, Katianne enjoys spending time with her husband and son, donning a cowgirl hat and herding cows in Arizona, hiking the Intermountain West and exploring the pacific coastline.

Zeke Zenger

Project Manager

Zeke graduated from the University of Utah in City Planning. His experience involves design and management in architecture, planning, and mechanical engineering. He has worked with diverse clients and projects from tenant spaces and additions, to hotels and large industrial facilities. Zeke currently manages projects at NJRA in both healthcare and educational fields.

Outside of the office Zeke enjoys time with his kids, tennis, golf, and working on his house.

Ashley Sudbury

Architectural Technician

Ashley is currently enrolled at Utah Valley University working towards her architectural design technology certificate. Throughout her life, Ashley’s passion for design and attention to detail have driven her creativity and precision in everything she endeavors.

Ashley is excited for the opportunity to become a licensed architect in the future. As an architectural technician, Ashley enjoys learning and expanding her drafting skills in healthcare, educational and commercial design.

When not at work or school, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband hiking in the mountains, playing games with friends, and enjoying life to the fullest.

Taylor Mumford

Architectural Technician

Taylor is currently enrolled in the architectural program at Utah Valley University. Throughout her life, Taylor’s passion for design and attention to detail have driven her to creativity and precision in everything she endeavors.

Taylor is excited for the opportunity to become a licensed architect in the future. As an architectural technician, Taylor enjoys learning and expanding her drafting skills in educational, healthcare and commercial design.

She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family, the outdoors and reading when she can. She is always up for adventure, be it for a job site or a national park visit.