About me


About me

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


Young Designers award in Architecture, Indian Architect and Builder Magazine, India, 2014

Maureen Anderson Prize in Architecture, Canada, 2012

Provost Graduate fellowship, McGill University, Canada,2011

Louis B Magil Graduate fellowship in housing, McGill University, Canada, 2011

Canadian Centre for Architecture – Charrette 2010: Honorable mention for the team, Canada,2012

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

Indian Architect and Builder Magazine, India, Feb 2014: Page 96


Three houses and a studiolo, Varun Thautam, Priya Joseph

Domus India, Vol 1, Issue 05, March 2012: page 34


Reap what you sow – Edible Campus, Vikram Bhatt, Varun Thautam (images)

Inside Outside, Sep 2011: Page 195

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