Working with earth is a deeply spiritual process for me. I find no distinction between art and work and meditation and education while working with earth. I love travelling, learning, building and teaching. I want to find ways to give people the possibility to create and build for themselves meaningfully.
I am exploring an approach where it might be possible to abstract the essential lessons of the preserved traditional cultures of a local context. Then learn and synthesize from their ways of building in such a manner that a genuine, fresh and sustainable design can be achieved. Such an approach makes unique, comfortable, cost effective environments that are in tune with the rhythms, shapes, processes and cycles of nature.
2011-2012: Post-Professional Masters in Architecture; Urban design and Housing, McGill University
2003-2008: Professional Bachelors in Architecture; Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.
Affiliations and Certifications
Architect, Council of Architecture India
LEED GA Canadian Green Building Council
2013 LEED AP, Indian Green Building Council, 2010
AUTODESK REVIT Architecture 2013 Certified Professional
Best undergraduate final thesis project, IIT Roorkee, India, 2011
Pidilite award for excellence in sustainability, India, 2007
First places: Cognizance Spotlight, All India student design competition, Roorkee, India, 2004,2005 and 2006.
Research and Publications
Urban infill housing, Varun Thautam
Three houses and a studiolo, Varun Thautam, Priya Joseph
Domus India, Vol 1, Issue 05, March 2012: page 34
Maini, Satprem and Thautam Varun, “Questioning conventions; Life Cycle Analysis of a housing project in Auroville, India”, Ecocity 2011, Montreal, 2011
Thautam, Varun, “Rammed Earth: A Comparison of Construction Techniques”, McGill CMT Student Conference, Montreal, 2011
Thautam, Varun and Gaudin, Jeremie, “Alleviating barriers of earthen architecture”, Prangan, Auroville, 2009