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AKAR Architecture Design, founded in 1997 in Iowa City, Iowa has descended from AKAR Design Studio (Product Design- ceramics, furniture, fabric and light fixtures) founded in 1995 by architects Sanjay & Jigna Jani. The original firm AKAR Designers was started in 1986 by Sanjay Jani while he was a student in Bombay, India.

AKAR has grown steadily in the last five years, acquiring a diverse range of projects including single & multi-family residences, commercial facilities, retail stores, corporate and restaurant interiors, furniture and light fixture design and graphic design. Members of our staff have been frequently honored for their achievements and their active involvement in the community. We have developed a local and state reputation for the highest standards of design, management and technical achievements. The projects are developed in a hands-on approach from conception to construction observation. We also make 3D and scaled models at various stages of design to make proportion, scale and detail decisions for most of our projects.

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“Our houses are always designed “green”. Common sense green, with respect for site, nature, materials and construction methods. Sustainability is not mathematical calculations or evidence of official paperwork, It is a passionate love affair with our planet and immediate built environment.”

Sanjay Jani

“Yes, Houses should be simple and easy to do if you knew how to do… relationship to functions and aesthetics, designed specifically to exude an individual or family’s life experience is a complex task.”

Sanjay Jani

“We are intrigued by the wisdom of vernacular architecture. Regionalism is part of our design process; it helps to articulate the sense of place with common sense sustainability.”

Sanjay Jani

“Building design should be a poetic response to people, nature, and function; It should be timeless, inspiring, and capable of capturing the spirit of its environment.”

Sanjay Jani

” ‘Fashionable’ dates the architecture faster than ‘boring’. Avocado green is so 1970s; white is ageless!”

Sanjay Jani
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      AKAR Architecture Design, founded in 1997 in Iowa City, Iowa has descended from AKAR Design Studio (Product Design- ceramics, furniture, fabric and light fixtures) founded in 1995 by architects Sanjay & Jigna Jani. The original firm AKAR Designers was started in 1986 by Sanjay Jani while he was a student in Bombay, India.

      AKAR has grown steadily in the last five years, acquiring a diverse range of projects including single & multi-family residences, commercial facilities, shopping mall stores, corporate interiors, furniture and light fixture design and graphic design. Members of our staff have been frequently honored for their achievements and their active involvement in the community. We have developed a local and state reputation for the highest standards of design, management and technical achievements. The projects are developed in a hands-on approach from conception to construction observation. We also make 3D and scaled models at various stages of design to make proportion, scale and detail decisions for most of our projects.