Personal Greeting Varun Kohli, FAIA


Contact Details

New York, NY


For more than a decade, Varun has contributed to major architecture firms as well as his own Studio in New York, integrating environmental analytics and sustainable design ranging from urban scale resiliency and decarbonization to major commercial, education, aviation, and mixed-use development projects, both domestically and internationally. Passionate about ecology within the built environment, Varun challenges architects to move closer to net-zero.

As the Director of Sustainability at Corgan, Varun provides leadership for high-performance projects and strives to maximize environmental sustainability and social equity while addressing climate change adaptation and resiliency at the building and urban scale. With a focus on integrating environmental sensitivities in design, Varun has collaborated with Yale Center for Ecosystems + Architecture (CEA) researchers on novel pedagogical models for environmental design and has taught courses at Harvard GSD and RPI (CASE). He is a frequent critic at Princeton School of Architecture and U-Penn Design, contributes to books and peer-reviewed journals, and speaks at many conferences and forums, and affiliated organizations. He recently authored a chapter in Energy Modeling in Architecture; A practice guide, published by RIBA and currently serves on the board of ‘Pokhrama Foundation,’ working to build a net-zero school to provide K-12 education in a remote region of northern India.


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

Principal & Director of Sustainability
New York, NY, United States
June 2023 - present

Battery Park City Authority
AVP Planning & Design
New York, NY, United States
July 2021 - May 2023

Head of Sustainability & Analytics
New York, NY, United States
August 2019 - July 2021

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