My Story

I believe that everyone deserves to live in luxurious comfortable spaces.

Your built spaces should inspire and motivate you to be the best version of yourself.

And YOU get to define what Luxury is!

Do you remember how you go on to Pinterest and Instagram looking at beautifully done up spaces? And then dream about having your property executed in a similar way?

Then, when you start looking for the products available in the market, you are amazed! The variety and options you have across wide price ranges is mind boggling.

Most of us have a weird relationship with money! When you visit online and offline stores you assume that something that is expensive is a good material; it lasts longer. While something that is economically priced will deteriorate sooner.

This is not always true!

Making the right decisions for your property can be overwhelming!

I am a practicing architect at my studio based in Hyderabad. I have the opportunity to interact with property owners and business owners from different backgrounds on a daily basis.

With the multitude of options available in the market, most people are confused. Sometimes they also end up having bad experiences due to ill informed choices.

I know that its your hard earned money that you put into your homes and businesses. So, I set up this online platform. Here, I share practical design solutions and industry knowledge directly to you, the owner. You can then take the right decisions and save your time and money.

Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise its not luxury

– Coco Chanel

And so luxury is defined differently for different people.

I believe that Design is a luxury. And I am here to make this available to all at budget levels convenient for them.

Hello! I am Varsha, a licensed Architect & Interior Designer practicing in India since 2011.

While pursuing my 5 year long architecture (B.Arch) course, I had the revelation of how the spaces we used had the power to influence our mood. Indirectly, even our quality of life.

It was mainly when I was selected to be a part of the National Association for Students of Architecture (NASA) two years in a row. The events at the convention gave me a glimpse into the power of architecture and design.

FREELANCING & WORK EXPERIENCE

Inspired by the experience, I began working and freelancing while studying architecture. I am so glad I did that, as it gave me a distinct view into what the profession was all about.

Through a lot of hard work and determination, I got to work with one of the first architecture firms in my city Murty & Manyam Architects & Engineers. Working on huge law and business school campuses to SEZ’s, I wanted to learn more and get into the details.

To understand the nitty-gritty’s of every project, I went ahead to work in many more firms in the city. While also pursuing my freelancing projects simultaneously.

In 2013, I successfully was an official registered Architect with The Council of Architecture, New Delhi, a statutory body of Government of India.

STARTING MY BUSINESS

Soon enough in 2014, I decided to quit my day job and get into a full time business of my own. This came with a lot of challenges! And unfortunately, due to many reasons, things did not work out and we closed down in less than a year.

Now I had to utilize this setback to an advantage. So, I took up a short course at the Auroville Earth Institute, UNESCO Chair for Earthen Architecture. Living the Auroville life for 15 days with people from different parts of the world, I learnt many things about life.

Like they say, trust the timing of your life!

When you feel like quitting, think about why you started! The early struggles paid off. With encouragement and support of family, friends and confidence from loyal clients, today I successfully run a full service design firm as the Director of UrbanShaastra Smart Build Pvt. Ltd.

In 2016, I qualified as an Accredited Professional with the Indian Green Building Council. With the aim of adding value to a greener tomorrow.

WHY THIS BLOG

I was born in Manipal, Karnataka and have lived in Bombay and Hyderabad most part of my life. Living and visiting major cities and with frequent visits to my hometown have given me the best of both worlds.

Ever since I began pursuing architecture, my way of looking at everyday spaces had changed. I always looked at it as heights, distances, clearances and why built forms were the way they are.

I concluded that it is a reflection of the people, community and their lifestyle. The same type of room is used in a different way as per the social norms in the local community. Yet, this strong connection and uniqueness is gradually deteriorating owing to rapid globalization.

Through this blog i intend to journal my thoughts about everyday life ‘spaces’ while sharing industry knowledge with design enthusiasts and property owners.

Making good design available to all !

Making the right decisions for your project can save you time and money.

If you have any design questions or need a quick consultation with an experienced Architect & Interior designer?