Ninoshka sometimes jokes that she is an urban designer trapped in an architect’s body, meaning she has the mindset and goals of an urban designer with the sensibilities and attention to detail of an architect. Ninoshka first began to take notice of the built environment and its contextual impact early, being influenced by her father and godfather, a civil engineer and architect respectively. Born in Goa, India but raised in Muscat, Oman, these two distinct countries, with their two unique cultures, helped guide her passion for architecture and urbanism. Her early exposure blossomed into a career after she earned her Bachelor of Architecture from Pune University in India and joined Huckle & Partners in Muscat, Oman. As a reaction to the disconnected architecture in Oman, Ninoshka developed an interest in the contextualization of architecture through urban design to create inviting and equitable spaces which engage its surrounding and people.
Ninoshka found her way to New York to study for her Masters in Architecture and Urban Design at Columbia University. Following her graduation she spent another year at Columbia researching for the second edition of A History of Housing in New York City by Richard Plunz and the publication of ideas and strategies to help underserved communities in Medellin, Colombia. Ninoshka joins WRNS Studio in New York, after working at YUNStudio Architecture and ODA. Ninoshka also commits her time to the not-for-profit, Asia Initiatives, where she is guiding the research and writing for a new book entitled Building Social Capital by Design.