About Us

Meister Varma Architects was started to focus on site specific, design led solutions for the residential and hospitality sector. Drawing on Kerala architecture traditions and woodworking, the practice strives to design climate responsive buildings for cities.

In all projects we try are aware of the environmental impact during construction and life cycle of the building. Thus careful site planning, building placement and orientation form key aspects of our design approach. Passive ventilation, minimum dependence on air-conditioning, rainwater collection & storage are integral to our design, not afterthoughts. The selection of robust materials ensures that the building ages gracefully and extends generations beyond its current occupants.

Our projects have been recognized and published in international digital and print media in addition to being nominated for various awards. Since 2013 the practice is also actively engaged in restoration of heritage buildings in partnership with German architect Karl Damschen.

Krishnan Varma completed his B.Arch from the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi and gained experience at ABRD architects working on retail and office projects in the National Capital Region. An interest in urban design and masterplanning led him to do his post-graduation from ETH Zürich and then onto the UK.

Here his work with Glenn Howells Architects and David Miller Architects included the Athletes Village for the 2012 London Olympics and schools for the BSF program initiated by the UK government. Upon his return, Krishnan chose to live and work in the south Indian city of Kochi where he is also involved in heritage restoration. Precise architectural documentation, sensitivity of construction processes, and knowledge of aging of building materials that form the basis of such work, have given a new direction to his design process.

Krishnan is a visitng faculty at SEED College of Architecture, Cochin

The Team has included a number of talented individuals over the years who have contributed immensely to our output and design evolution. We are fortunate to have worked with architects and interns who have constantly impressed with their work ethic and formed positive relationships with our clients and collaborators.