About us

Variant Office is a south London-based practice. With roots in spatial design, we bring together many years of experience in architecture, design, planning and construction to secure the success of a wide variety of projects.

The ethos of Variant Office is rooted in design research, user-centricity and a commitment to exploring the ability of space to transform lives and experiences through the careful engagement with both the client’s requirements and sensitivity to the site.

Through our practice we have been exploring how to work with a range of people and processes at different scales, to create solutions that are both inspiring, participatory and revel in the joy of unexpected possibility. We are excited about the discovery of new materials and innovative ways of arranging them. We work closely with artists and craftspeople and collaborate with them to explore the heritage and new techniques for building and creating spaces.

We believe the process is as important as the product.

 

Ashvin de Vos

Director
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Ashvin completed his architectural education at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art in 2004, gaining both a degree and diploma in Architecture. Ashvin is a registered architect with over 12 years’ experience in the field.

Prior to setting up Variant Office, Ashvin worked as an Associate at Erect Architecture, where he completed numerous arts, community and public space projects, notably the North Park Hub at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Ashvin has also worked for several practices in Glasgow and South Asia on public housing, art, cultural and education projects, from inception to completion. He successfully led a series of competition entries on a variety of scales, from public space and housing to master planning.

He is currently a design tutor at Kent School of Architecture and a visiting lecturer at London Metropolitan University.

In his spare time, he looks after his newborn baby, dreams of being a rocksteady DJ in Kingston in the 60s and cooks the meanest, hottest curry in south London. He laughs at anything po-mo, but secretly is a fan.