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 m 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 insure all of their ideas and goals are met in the new facility. Tiffin has managed many educational projects 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 CEFPI 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 ten years, Shailesh has worked on complex healthcare projects including new hospitals, hospital expansion, 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, the Riverton Hospital, and the Dixie Regional Medical Center. Shailesh is currently working on a number of remodel and tenant improvement projects for the University Hospital, Intermountain Healthcare, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, and Alta View Hospital.

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 for pursuing his higher studies. Ever since he graduated in 2005 he has been working on various projects specializing in Healthcare and Education 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.

Tim Jessop, AIA

Project Architect

Tim received his Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Utah in 2006. He grew up around the construction trades in rural Montana where he learned to appreciate the values of family and hard work. After high school, Tim worked in retail management and as a project manager in the manufacturing industry, where he earned a CPIM certification from the American Production and Inventory Control Society.

Tim has always stayed close to the construction industry where he worked as a carpenter. In 1995 qualified for his contractor’s license and operated his own framing crew until he went back to school to pursue his passion in Architecture.Tim has been a project manager on a wide range of architectural projects including individual residences, multifamily housing, master planned mixed-use developments, tenant improvements, manufacturing facilities, distribution centers and hotels.

Away from work, Tim enjoys spending most of his time with his immediate and extended family. He has recently discovered a passion for playing golf (although it won’t likely become his day job) and he is an avid fan of anything related to the University of Utah athletics.

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. Vision best describes Mr. Hirschi’s 28 years in the architecture profession and after having Co-founded and managed two firms prior to joining NJRA Architects, he understands the process necessary to manage projects of all types and complexities. He continues to work with commercial brokers, developers, contractors, and individual clients to provide all aspects of architectural design. He has a passion for sustainable design and encourages these practices in each project. 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 grandson. They enjoy camping and playing tennis together when time allows.

Carlos Reyes

Architectural Technician

Carlos has been working as a drafter for over 5 yrs. 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 in a variety of projects from small residential remodels to a mile long polysilicon plant in China.

Ever since a young child, Carlos has been interested in Architecture. He is working hard to continue his education and become a license Architect while working full time and taking care of his family.

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 required design, ideas and sketching, such as upgrading his 3 yr. old radio control car.

Justen Christensen

Architectural Technician

Justen is currently enrolled at the Davis Applied Technology College where he is working on his architectural certification which he plans to receive in the fall of 2015. Drafting, building and designing projects has always been a passion for him. Justen 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. This is Justen’s first architectural job and he is looking forward to learning more and improving his skills as an architectural technician.

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.

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.

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.

Tim has always stayed close to the construction industry where he worked as a carpenter. In 1995 qualified for his contractor’s license and operated his own framing crew until he went back to school to pursue his passion in Architecture.Tim has been a project manager on a wide range of architectural projects including individual residences, multifamily housing, master planned mixed-use developments, tenant improvements, manufacturing facilities, distribution centers and hotels.

Away from work, Tim enjoys spending most of his time with his immediate and extended family. He has recently discovered a passion for playing golf (although it won’t likely become his day job) and he is an avid fan of anything related to the University of Utah athletics.

Zeke Zenger

Architectural Technician

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.

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

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

Ashley Sudbury

Architectural Technician

Ashley is currently enrolled at Utah Valley University working towards her architectural design technology certificate which she will receive at the end of 2017. 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 commercial design.

She also enjoys spending time with her husband hiking in the mountains, playing games with friends, and enjoying life to the fullest.

Ever since a young child, Carlos has been interested in Architecture. He is working hard to continue his education and become a license Architect while working full time and taking care of his family.

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 required design, ideas and sketching, such as upgrading his 3 yr. old radio control car.

Taylor Mumford

Architectural Technician

Taylor is currently enrolled at Utah Valley University working towards her architectural design technology certificate which she will receive at the start of 2018. 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 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.

Justen is looking forward to becoming a licensed architect in the future. This is Justen’s first architectural job and he is looking forward to learning more and improving his skills as an architectural technician.

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.

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.