Gayathri Shetty

Principal Architect, GNA Architects

“Of all the things that push us to build better than the best, nature has been the most inspiring of all. The spaces that we build have nature wrapping around with no clear boundaries that allow the outside in and inside out. The aesthetic approach and design sensibilities GNA adheres to are deep rooted in traditions and cultures of the Indian society yet caters to the requirements of the contemporaries, and thus is an effortlessly seamless blend of luxury, comfort, utility.

“Mrs. Gayathri Shetty who studied Architecture from BMS college of engineering and Mr. Namith Varma who graduated from Manipal University, both having worked previously at Mistry Architects, started their own practice in 1993. The award winning Pathshala at Sringeri, Manipal house, Tribal Housing at BR Hills are some of their earlier projects. GNA thrives on helping the clients turn their ideas into reality and they look for a constant opportunity to be able to work closely with them to understand their needs which ultimately reflects in the final product, that makes both the designer and the client content.

This design practice appeals to most, the young designers and the veterans, and thus today, Team GNA with more than 70 professionals has now grown to encompass artists, product designers, sculptors, lighting designers and graphic designers who in liaison work to enhance almost every project and make it out of the ordinary. GNA has been recognized 27 national awards in architecture and interior designing to date and has been able to clear verticals including but not limited to Residence, recreation, hospitality and campus design. In addition, Mrs. Gayathri Shetty renders support to the IIID Bangalore Regional Chapter as the Chairperson.


1. J K Architect of the Year Commendation Award for Recycling of Architectural Heritage 1995.
2. Inside Outside Designer of the Year Award for Eco-friendly Architecture 1997
3. Short listed for the Aga Khan Awards for Excellence in Architecture from India, 2000
4. Short listed for the ArcAsia Award Entries from India, 2001
5. IIID-MK 2006 Award for Large Corporate Office
6. ArchiDesign-Hindware 2006 Award for the Best Private Residence
7. ArchiDesign-Hindware 2006 Public Jury Award
8. ArchiDesign South Zone Award for Best Private Residence
9. IIID-MK South Zone Award for Best Retail Interior
10. IIID-MK South Zone Award for Best Large Office Space
11. IIID-MK South Zone Award for Best Hospitality Interiors
12. A+D SPECTRUM AWARD 2008 (Special mention Innovative Interior Design)
13. IIID-MK 2008 South Zone Runner up Award for Best Private Residence
14. IIID-MK 2008 National commendation Award for Best Private Residence
15. IAD 2008 Runner Up Award for Residence Design
16. IIA Awards 2009 – National commendation for Best Public Building -
17. Archi Design 2009 – South Zone – Award for Best Private Residence
18. Archi Design 2009 – South Zone – Architect of the Year Award.
19. Archi Design 2009 – National Award – Award for Best Private
20. Ultratech ACCE Award for Best Residence in Dakshin Kannad Region
21. Archi Design 2010 – for Best Hospitality project
22. Ace of space Award - Award for Best Private Residence
23. Ace of space Award - for Best Hospitality project
24. Shortlisted in World Architectural Fest 2012 – Category – Hotel
25. Winners of IAAPI 2012 – Best Amusement Park
26. 2013 IIID Interior award – for Sustainable Design
27. Special Mention at Architecture+Design & CERA Awards for the Recreational Architecture Award