Mr. Varun Kohli, AIA

Head of Sustainability & Analytics,
Buro Happold, Inc.

Contact Details

Buro Happold, Inc.
New York, NY


Varun leads the Sustainability & Analytics team at Buro Happold.  Trained as an architect, Varun has 20 years of professional experience and has been a strong proponent of leveraging an integrated design process and environmental analytics to create smarter design solutions.  In the past he has worked with architectural firms including SOM and HOK and also led his own design practice, Merge Studio, working on various building typologies globally.  At HOK in addition to leading various design projects Varun led the sustainability and high-performance team and was responsible for managing and delivering sustainable design for the new Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport.  While at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Varun led the sustainable design process for the Hill County Office complex in India which was awarded the Asia-Pacific Regional Bronze Prize for sustainable construction by the Holcim Foundation in 2008.

In 2010 Varun was honoured with a Professional Achievement Award by the Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects in New York.  In the academic arena, Varun has taught courses at Harvard GSD and RPI (CASE) and is frequent invited critic at Princeton School of Architecture and U-Penn.  He currently serves with the AIA Committee on the Environment Advisory Group at the national level and the Advisory Board for ‘Architect & Interiors’ magazine.  A frequent speaker at industry events, he has presented papers at international conferences including the AIA Conference on Architecture, AIA Centre for Architecture, Passive & Low Energy Architecture Conference (PLEA) and Passive and Low Energy Cooling Conference (PALENC).


Architectural Association
London, United Kingdom
MSc., 2006
Sustainable Environmental Design
2005 To 2006
Dissertation: The New St. Anthony's School
Advisor: Dr. Simos Yannas

City College of New York
New York, New York, United States
B.Arch, 2002
1996 To 2002

Job History

Head of Sustainability & Analytics
New York, NY, United States
August 2019 - present

Principal & Sustainable Design Leader
New York, NY, United States
November 2014 - December 2018

Merge Studio
Founding Principal
New York, NY, United States
April 2010 - November 2014


  • Architectural Design
  • Environmental Studies and Reports
  • Site Development Planning
  • Space Planning
  • Sustainable Building Design


  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)