Ar. Hrishikesh Kulkarni is a Director (Partner) at VK:u urban. As a Lead Director for various projects he looks after design, delivery and providing expert technical guidance for making each project special.
Hrishikesh studied Diploma in Architecture at the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai India. Later on did his MA (Masters) in Environment & energy at the Architectural Association (AA) in London 2002-03.
He specialises in performative architecture, energy efficient design, human comfort studies and built environmental simulations. He is a qualified Assessor in BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Its a voluntary measurement rating for Green Building, established in the UK by Building Research Establishment (BRE). The standard covers main building types Office, Retail, education, Healthcare, Industrial, Multi-Residential). He has lectured at the London Metropolitan University in the same subject.
After completing his Master in London, he worked with Stubbs Rich Architects, Bath, UK for 4 years,where he worked on many large-scale projects in UK and Europe. He was later instrumental in forming a collaborative company VKOPEN with OPENArch Ltd,in 2007.
With his unique style he has brought in new methods of working in VK:a. His research oriented approach, collaborative thinking with consultant and client interaction leads in the shaping of any project.
Apart from his professional involvements, Hrishi is passionate about the new trends and techniques being developed worldwide, so to keep himself updated he lectures at Dr. B. N.College of Architecture for M.Arch course in Environmental Architecture and Planning, delivers lectures for Energy Conservative Methods, was invited by Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) for training on “BEE Certified Energy Managers / Energy Auditors in Maharashtra State, for presentation on “Energy Conservation Building Codes (ECBC) and Green Building Rating System” and by Confederation of Engineering Institutes, Jalgaon – Maharashtra on the topic “Building Envelope Design & Energy Conservation Building Codes (ECBC).
Hrishi is active member with professional bodies, such as Council of Architecture (CoA), Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Architects, Engineers & Surveyors Association (A.E.S.A) and Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) With his involvement he advocates better policies at the government level for changes in rules and regulations.
As a Member of CREDAI, he has been instrumental in arranging ‘Study Tours’ to various countries for bringing in awareness about new Architecture methodologies and materials in the local Developers and Engineers.
Hrishikesh is also the Director (Partner) in VK:e an environmental consultancy Company he has formed with his friends- Ar Poorva Keskar and Ar. Anagha Paranjape Purohit in 2009. Similarly he has also started VK:i interiors a interior designing consultancy in 2010. His passion for research and change in the development planning policies has made him start a NGO – Sustainability Initiatives.