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About Us

HISTORY

We have a long history of amazing, practical, innovative architecture that cuts across all genres. Commercial, Institutional, Residential, Industrial and everything in between. Over 600 projects completed to date since the firm was started by architect Sardul Singh in 1978. Since inception, Sardul and his firm have handled and completed numerous high profile projects all over Kenya.

Sardul’s son, Gundip Virdi, joined the firm in 2014 after moving back to Nairobi from Canada where he spent 18 of his informative years. With a Master’s of Architecture from Mcgill University and numerous years practising in the field, Gundip has brought invaluable international experience and ideas to the firm.

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

The 5 pillars of our design are:

Innovation

We pride ourselves in offering cutting edge thinking in our design process. How can we use local building materials in a new and exciting way? How can we redefine the use of space so it is more inspirational? How can we introduce technology, whether low tech or high tech, into the efficiency and excitability of the design? These are just a few questions we ask ourselves on every project.

Sustainability

We as architects try to do our part in the conservation of our environment; to design so that we live and work in a smarter and less wasteful way; to respect our flora and fauna which has formed over billions of years. We use passive solar design and take wind patterns into account when designing every project. We use natural light, natural ventilation, low flow sanitary fixtures, LED lights and much more in our design. We also incorporate high tech strategies such as waste water management systems and solar panels if need be.

Simplicity

In the words of the great Leonardo da Vinci ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’. These are words we live by, not only in the office but in every aspect of our lives. When the dust settles, simplicity remains and will always remain.

Elegance

There is no architecture, or anything for that matter, without elegance. This is self explanatory. A building or environment has to look appealing.

Practicality

Again, there is no architecture or design without practicality. How efficiently does one move through a space? How does one use a space for a particular task? What are the future variables to consider while designing? Movement is a big part of architecture. Inevitably we design so that when you’re in our buildings or moving through our buildings, everything make sense.

Please click here to see how we design sustainably and socially consciously and how we are contributing to making the world a better place.