Tanvi Buch Architecture + Watercolors

About Tanvi


Said Mies van der Rohe: "God is in the details." 

A licensed architect, Tanvi brings a detail-oriented approach to all her architectural designs - she believes that the eye moves from detail to detail bypassing areas of little or no change, as when viewing art. Contact Tanvi to discuss your dream project.


Passionate about watercolor and enjoying the sometimes challenging journey learning all facets of this medium, Tanvi is naturally inspired by the built environment, the changing light, and the shifting patterns of shadows. Contact Tanvi to buy one of the original watercolors in her gallery, or to commission new work.


Tanvi has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.

She worked in commercial architecture at SZFM Design Studio, San Francisco (1997-2001), designing low-rise office and retail buildings throughout the Bay Area, including the food court in the International Terminal of the San Francisco International Airport. This was followed by curtain wall design for high-rise office, retail, and hotel buildings at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, San Francisco (2001-2003), for multiple projects in Beijing, China, and the Bay Area. She was a consultant from 2003-2012 with Pacific Peninsula Group, a high-end residential design firm in Menlo Park.

Now she is a free-lance architect working mostly in residential design. She has done a few commercial tenant improvements for hi-tech in Sunnyvale, California.

She enjoys reading, hiking, writing short stories (read two below), had a staged reading for a full-length prize-winning play she wrote based on a real-life fire during the construction of her home, and loved the intense craft of making a short film for a film class. 

She is the newsletter editor for the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society, and feels like she makes a difference volunteering as a crisis counselor with Crisis Textline.  She recently started volunteering as an architect on the new Vipassana Center in Gilroy, presently in planning stages.