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.


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.
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Chitra Vishwanath | Principal architect & managing director | Nigerian national diploma | Bachelor of architecture, CEPT Ahmedabad Founder Chitra Vishwanath architects 1990-2008 Advisor to kilikili 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; and | Founder of Rainwater Club;  Secretary General, International Rainwater Catchment Systems Association. | 

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 & Vastu-Shilpa Consultants, Ahmedabad  | At Biome since 2004 |

Sharath Nayak Senior architect Bachelor of Architecture, Manipal Institute of Technology, Mangalore University, 2002 30 credits M. Arch Chur Institute of Architecture, Chur, Switzerland, 2007 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 |

Soujanya Krishnaprasad  | Architect  | Bachelor of Architecture, RV College of Architecture, 2010-2015 2013 Internship with Ar. C. Anjalendran in Colombo, Sri Lanka | 2014 Internship with Ar. Manu Gopalan at SacredGroves, Auroville 2015, Intern, Biome Environmental Solutions, Bangalore  At Biome since 2015 


Devyani Dayal | Architect | Bachelor of Architecture, Lucknow College of Architecture | 2008 – 2009 -Architect, ANA Design, New Delhi At Biome since 2009 

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

Surabhi Pandurangi | Architect | Bachelor of Architecture, B.V.Bhoomaraddi College of Engg. & tech, Hubli | 2013, Intern, Advani & associates | 2014, Intern Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd At Biome since 2014

Ramya Ramesh | Architect | Bachelor of Architecture, Center for Planning and Technology University, Ahmedabad | 2013 – 2014,Intern, CnT Architects Bangalore At Biome since 2014 

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


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

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 |

Rajiv Hemanth | Water Project Manager| Bachelors in Engineering (Computer Science) – SRM Engineering college, Chennai, 2004 | 2007 – 2008 – Mindtree Limited (Associate) | 2010 – 2011- KPMG (Associate Consultant) At Biome since 2012 |

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

Naveen KB | Civil Engineer and Quantity Surveyor | Diploma in Civil Engineering, Bangalore | 2003 – 2004 – Subhadra Constructions, Mysore, Office assistant and billing | At Biome since 2005 |

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

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.


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.