Swati Puchalapalli

Swati is the founding partner and director of Terra Viridis, an environmental design consultancy that she started ten years ago. During the past decade, Terra Viridis has worked across several sectors ranging from policy research to environmental consultancy for corporates, institutions and government agencies. Swati is a strong proponent of passive design as the first step towards sustainable design, constantly applying learning from local vernacular to new buildings. She works extensively with computer based building analysis to help architects make design decisions.

Swati is a founder member of GRIHA Council (society formed by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt of India and Teri to promote sustainable design across India) She has also been appointed onto the GRIHA technical assessment committee (this committee refines and adjusts the GRIHA criteria – GRIHA is the Indian green building rating system)

Prior to starting Terra Viridis, Swati worked as an Environmental Consultant/Engineer at the world renowned environmental consultancy, BDSP partnership (London) (www.chapmanbdsp.com). Her experience at BDSP was highly varied with projects located across the globe through Europe, USA, Middle East and even Antarctica. She has worked with some of the top architectural firms internationally such as Richard Rogers partnership, Norman Foster and Renzo Piano workshop on projects such as the National Welsh Assembly Building (Cardiff), Central Market (Abu Dhabi), British Antarctic Research Station and numerous office, hotels and apartment complexes across the globe whilst at BDSP (London)