About US

Akar Architecture Office

Akar Architecture was established in Iowa City, Iowa in 1998 with the belief that all design- residential architecture or commercial should be a poetic response to people, nature, and function; It should be timeless, inspiring, and capable of capturing the spirit of its environment.  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.

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
 Sanjay Jani received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the L. S. Raheja School of Architecture, Mumbai, India in 1988 and Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan in 1991. He moved to Iowa City as an intern architect in 1993 and received his license to practice architecture in 1996. As a founder and Principal of AKAR, he is passionate about the process of creating the built structure and built environment's ability to inspire and enrich daily life. Sanjay curious observer, who likes to document and create. He is a skilled photographer, ceramicist, graphic designer, and jewelry maker. Sanjay uses his architectural and artistic skills to advance the awareness of visual arts in multiple contexts. As a complement to his architectural work, he has served on boards of AIA Iowa, Downtown Iowa City, University of Iowa Museum of Arts and Public Art Committee for the University of Iowa.
Jigna Jani
AKAR started as a space sharing art and architecture. Art gallery worked as friendly conduit to educate people to the practice of architecture. Idea was very successful and in 8 years, AKAR had to separate in to two separate buildings and businesses as Akar Design and AKAR ARchiTecture. Founder of Akar, Jigna Jani is a curator of the Akar Design and ClayAkar ceramics gallery located in downtown Iowa City. She is fascinated with the interaction and collaboration of art and architecture. Jigna received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the L. S. Raheja School of Architecture, Mumbai, India and came to University of California at San Lui Obispo to pursue her Masters of Architecture. 
Tony Nash
Tony Nash received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State in 1996. He moved to Iowa City as an intern architect in 1998. He is part of Akar team form 2001. He brings his knowledge of commercial architecture practices while working on complex projects.
Allison Orvis
Allie Orvis received a Bachelor of Fine Art in photography from the University of Iowa in 2016. She is a talented photographer, graphic designer and budding web designer. Allie has been a catalyst to new changes at Akar Design and Akar ARchiTecture.