Biome

Biome Environmental Solutions is a Bangalore-based design firm focused on ecology, architecture and water.  The office’s diverse team includes designers, architects, civil and mechanical engineers and urban planners from various parts of India and abroad.  The designs are undertaken by various member of this team in constant collaboration with each other via group discussions & exchanges and periodic meetings.

Historic

Created by the 2008 merger of Chitra K. Vishwanath Architects and Rainwater Club. Both organizations have operated since 1990 and bring their distinct talents to the new firm:

Chitra Vishwanath Architects
Has designed and implemented hundreds of real estate developments – residences, institutions and resorts – guided by ecological principles, integrating sound water, energy and land-use thinking into design
Rainwater club
Has extensive expertise in providing knowledge services in water management and rainwater harvesting, ecological wastewater treatment and sanitation practices
Biome’s unique capability lies in thinking through the key ecological and social issues in each project. We have extensive working relationships with specialized knowledge experts in bio-diversity, tourism, hydrogeology, and material science, whose contributions we synthesize into a coherent design strategy and plan of action.
Design is a highly personal process, and we place great emphasis on client interactions to ensure the final project incorporates the vision of sustainability with the client’s aspirations for aesthetics, functionality, and budget.
The ecologically and socially sensitive nature of our work, along with our commitment to spreading sustainable living practices far and wide, has led to our involvement in many nonprofit projects to benefit the natural environment and disadvantaged populations. We have established the Biome Environmental Trust to facilitate our continued efforts in these activities. To enquire about the Trust or how you may make a contribution, please feel free to Contact Us.
Website photo credit:  Vivek M

team



Chitra Vishwanath Principal architect & managing director | Nigerian national diploma | Bachelor of architecture, CEPT Ahmedabad | 1990-2008, Founder Chitra Vishwanath architects | Advisor to kilikili www.kilikili.org | Co-ordinator in:ch – an indo-swiss sustainability education initiative | 

Vishwanath S | Director NB.E, NIE Mysore Master in Urban Planning, CEPT Ahmadabad | Advisor to Arghyam Foundation; www.arghyam.org and www.indiawaterportal.com | Founder of Rainwater Club; www.rainwaterclub.org  Secretary General, International Rainwater Catchment Systems Association. www.ircsa.org | 

Avinash Krishnamurthy | Director and Project Manager | B.Mech, NIE, Mysore CART – Research Associate in Renewable Energy Technologies and Waste land Development At Biome since 2007 | 

Martin Laferriere | Senior architect | 2001, Fellowship from Mcgill University & CIDA, Earthquake Rehab, India | 2001-2004, Researcher, Architect, Vastu-Shilpa Foundation/ Consultants, Ahmedabad | At Biome since 2004 |

Sharath Nayak | Senior architect | 2002, Bachelor of Architecture, Manipal Institute of Technology, Mangalore University | 2007, 30 credits M. Arch Chur Institute of Architecture, Chur, Switzerland | 2003 – 2004, Freelancing in Mangalore | 2007, Intern at Roger Boltshauser Architekten, Zurich | At Biome since 2004 |

Anurag Tamhankar | Senior Architect | B Arch, Shivaji University, Kolhapur |  M Tech (Sustainable Development and Climate Change), CEPT Ahmedabad | 2006, Intern, Chitra Vishwanath architects  | At Biome since 2008 |

Ramya M.A Architect Bachelor of Architecture, Department of Architecture, UVCE Bangalore 2013 – 2014, Intern, Creation Architecture Studio At Biome since 2014

Museeb Faquih | Architect | 2010-2012, M.Tech (climate change & sustainable development), CEPT University, Ahmedabad | 2005-2010, Bachelor of Architecture, BVDU College of Architecture, Pune | 2013-2017, Architect at Urvaksh Aga Design, Mumbai | 2012, Architect at BCIL- ZED Habitats, Bengaluru | 2009, Internship at Castelino & Marchese Architects, Auroville | At Biome since 2017 |

Siddharth Achaya  | Architect  | 2005-2011, Bachelor of Architecture, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi | 2010, Internship with Total Environment Building Systems, Bangalore | 2011, Architect, Total Environment Building Systems, Bangalore  | 2014, Free spirit  | At Biome since 2016 |

D Sree Sandeep | Architect | Bachelor of Architecture, JNTU SPA, Hyderabad | 2008 – 2013, Architect, Shankar Narayan Architects | At Biome since 2014 | 

 

Neha Hegde  | Architect  | 2008-2013, Bachelor of Architecture, University of Pune | 2012, Internship with Ar. Sathya Prakash Varanashi, Bangalore | 2013, Architect, Auroville Bamboo Centre, Auroville | 2014 – 2016, Architect, Manasaram Architects, Bangalore  | At Biome since 2016 | 

Muhil Nesi | Architect  | 2011 – 2016, Bachelor of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Manipal | 2015, Internship at Biome | Architect Biome since June 2016 |

Pritesh Patel  Architect  | 2011-2016, Bachelor of Architecture, School of Architecture Vadodara Design Academy |  2016, Intern, Biome Environmental Solutions, Bangalore  | At Biome since 2017 |

Anuja Bhandari Architect | 2011-2016, VIT’ s Padmabhushan Dr Vasantdada Patil College of Architecture, Pune | 2015, Internship –  Hunnarshala Foundation, Bhuj | 2017, Volunteering with Thannal Hand Sculpted Homes, Tiruvannamalai | At Biome since 2017

Riddhi Panchal | Architect | 2010-2016, Bachelor of Architecture, Center for Environmental Panning and Technology, Ahmedabad | 2013, Internship with Ranjit Sinh Associates, Mumbai | At Biome since 2017 |

 

Divya K R Architectural Assistant | Diploma in Architecture, Impact Polytechnic , Bangalore ,2008 2008 – 2010, Draftsperson, Esspee Associates, Bangalore At Biome since 2010 |

Shruthi.k.r  | Architectural Assistant  | 2012-2015, Diploma in Architecture, Impact polytechnic,Bangalore | 2015, Nugy Technology At Biome since 2016 |

Mahendar R | Quantity surveyor | 2014 – 2015, Diploma in civil engineer | 2002 – 2015, RM Construction | At Biome since 2015 |

Praveen Kumar K | Quantity surveyor | 2015, Diploma in civil engineer | 2015- 2016, Dwar eco-design | At Biome since 2016 |

Shubha Ramachandran | Water Project Manager | B.E, Civil, IIT Mumbai | Infosys as Senior Technical Architect, Project Manager and System Analyst, 11years At Biome since 2008 |

Aditi Hastak |  MSc Biodiversity, Pune M.A Development Studies, Azim Premji University, Bangalore At Biome since 2014 

Sandhya Mahesh Office Administrator and Accounts | B.Com, Bangalore Open University, Bangalore | 1992 – 2002,  Personal Secretary – Syratron Marketing Pvt Ltd. Bangalore | At Biome since 2007

Usha | Chef Cook  At Biome since 2014

Muthaiah Cook  At Biome since 1990

What we do

Biome’s service offerings range from architectural and rainwater harvesting design to environmental planning consultancy and comprehensive water strategising. We place great emphasis on developing strong communication channels and particularly face-to-face interaction with each of our clients, which enable us to tune in to the client’s needs and constraints.

Architectural design

Ecology and sustainability are the two cornerstones of the firm’s design philosophy. Our architecture team works closely with the client and their requirements to be able to conceive an environmentally sound project. This is achieved by a constant evaluation of the project’s impact on site, embodied energy of materials,climatic tolerance, water management systems and the social impact.

Water sustainability solutions

Having operated for over 15 years as an informal group of water solutions advisors under the name Rainwater Club, Biome’s team recognized a fast growing demand for rainwater harvesting (RWH) and other sustainable water systems, and decided to formally integrate water solutions provision into our business. In the past two years alone, we have worked with an array of clients to implement RWH, greywater recycling, and alternative sanitation systems.

Our water team specialises in a number of sustainable water services, including rainwater harvesting (RWH), greywater recycling, alternative wastewater treatment, ecological sanitation, and comprehensive water management planning. Biome delivers water solutions for all client types, from households and apartments to corporate campuses and private layout associations.

Environmental planning & site development

Our team works with commissioned consultants to bring ecological thinking to land-use planning in all stages of a particular project. Consideration is paid to water, energy, bio-diversity, and all other critical aspects of land development.

TRAINING, EDUCATION & WORKSHOPS

We believe in passing on our knowledge to receptive audiences in order to help make ecological and sustainable practices more widespread within our society. To achieve this, we offer a range of training sessions and seminars.
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