Founding Partner & Director, Terra Viridis

Swati Puchalapalli is the founding partner and director of Terra Viridis, a sustainable design consultancy with over 22 years of experience in the field. 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 tools to help architects make design decisions. She works with several leading architects and multinationals such as Infosys, Manipal Education and Medical Group, TCS and Microsoft, to help them achieve best-practice benchmark performance in sustainability.

Some of her iconic projects include the National Maritime Heritage Museum in Lothal, the Amaravati Government complex, the ultra-high performance Infosys buildings across India, Organo developments and several of India’s leading universities. In the area of policy, she worked on developing the environmental building design guidelines and a road map for their implementation for the city of Hyderabad (for Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority) along with TERI.

Earlier, she had worked at BDSP Partnership (London), a sustainable engineering consultancy for 6 years where she worked on several iconic projects such as the National Welsh Assembly Building in Cardiff, Government Offices on Great George Street, London, Central Market in Abu Dhabi, etc.

Swati is a visiting faculty at CEPT Ahmedabad, Manipal University and JNFAU Hyderabad. She is a founding member of the GRIHA Council and an advisor for Solar Decathlon India.