Working Mansara Architecture

Each year we accept a limited number of clients so that we can provide them with focused attention and personalized design services for their projects. Your goals become our goals and you will come to appreciate our detailed-oriented approach as you continue to work with us.

Before undertaking any project, we arrange for a brief meeting either personally or over the phone and conduct a Needs and Options Review for our clients. We call this as diagnosis before prescription. It is supremely important for us to know about our clients visions before taking them on board so that we know what to offer them in terms of design services. 

About Your Firm:

Mansara Architecture is a boutique architecture firm in the Richmond region. What sets us apart is our expertise to incorporate the ancient principles of Vedic Architecture in our designs without compromising the modern lifestyle of 21st century.

Our Style:

Our signature style is organic contemporary architecture with emphasis on open floor plans, natural materials and ample daylight. Natural materials age with time and add to the timeless beauty of a building. Whereas artificial materials look good for some time, but as time passes on they begin to deteriorate, fade and loose their charm. We believe in the rule of quality and know that the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is gone.

At Mansara Architecture we believe that:

1. Space is divine and should be treated with great care and respect. We believe that when we enclose the Space within floors, walls and ceilings the resulting enclosed Space should not only be functional and beautiful, but also nourishing.

2. We believe that Earth is a living entity and therefore should be tread upon lightly with a lean footprint and great reverence.

Our Story:

Mansara Architecture is a three year old company. It all started when Aparna was looking for a home for her family and wanted something that matched with the busy lifestyle of her family. She wanted a home that did not have the large boxy rooms devoid of character. Unfortunately there was nothing in the market that met her criteria as an artchitect. There was a distinct lack of site-planning, lack of natural light and very poor orientation in almost all homes. Some homes which had some of these features had other problems. Also Aparna soon found out that a lot of un-necessary emphasis was given on cosmetic aplications such as moldings, brackets, tray-ceilings, fake dormers which did not add to the quality of the space or the lifestyle of the home-owners. It seemed that all these features were added to impress guests and neighbors rather than enhance the comfort of the Owners. This event was a turning point and it eventually led to Aparna building her own home and starting her company Mansara Architecture in 2016. The sole intention was to create great spaces which are functional as well as beautiful without compromising the quality of space, materials and workmanship.

Practice areas:
Estate Homes
Medical Office Buildings
Religious Centers
Community Centers
Tilt-up Construction

Our list of clients is as follows:
Printer's Mark, Richmond, VA
Laxmi palace, Glen Allen VA
Holiday Inn, Chesterfield, VA
Springfield Rd. Residences, Glen Allen VA
Jain Society of Central Virginia, Henrico VA
Mehta Estate Home, Great Falls, VA
Aparna More-Patil, AIA.

Aparna is a sought after architect-builder in the Richmond region. She is well known for integrating the ancient principles of Vedic Architecture in her designs without compromising the modern lifestyle of 21st century.

Aparna is the Principal Owner of Mansara Architecture and a licensed architect with an experience of 18 years.


Aparna holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from University of of Pune, India and a Master's degree in Urban Planning from School Of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi India.

In her early years of training she was fortunate to work with Architect's like Christopher Charles Benninger, Ar. Ravi Gadre and Ar. Rajiv Vishwasrao in India. She came to the U.S. In 1999. She has an experience of over 18 years working on various projects such as Institutional, Office Buildings, Hospitality etc. And is know for her very efficient construction management processes.

Aparna is also the founder-artist of a non-profit organisation dedicated towards relief and re-habilitation of disaster affected areas due to natural calamities. Aparna loves to travel and maintains several blogs about her passions and her adventures.

Position; Principal. Mansara Architecture
Neelima Bhide-Sane.

Position: Project Coordinator.

Education: Bachelor of Architecture degree from BKPS College of Architecture Pune,India.
Certificate course in 3D Visualization from MAAC institute Pune, India

1997 to 2010: Worked in various multidisciplinary offices in Dubai, with major experience in corporate interior work.
2010-2018 interior design for apartments and bungalows, Pune India.

Working Style:

Interests: Acrylic and water color painting. Enjoys crocheting a lot!

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Turning Your Building Ideas Into Reality.

Rajesh L.

Home Owner and Businessman

We hired Mansara Architecture to fix our 1930’s colonial that had been renovated in
1980’s with incorrect proportion and finishes.
At a glance Aparna had a design in mind. The details on our final blueprints were
fantastic and our contractor was able to create exactly what Aparna designed according to Principals of Vaastushastra. She was very positive and pleasant to work with. We
recommend her highly.

Sandra Leibowitz

Founder and Owner

I had the pleasure of working with Aparna on one of my company's most outside-the-box LEED certification projects: the *Hindu Center of Virginia. Through this process, I found Aparna to be a very capable architectural professional with a genuine interest in making buildings greener. Her detailed-oriented, well-organized and timely efforts on this project smoothed the way for us to achieve LEED Gold-level certification together. I hope to have the opportunity to work with Aparna again in the future!