F.A.Q

Answers to questions clients frequently ask LIJO.RENY.architects (Please make sure that you read through the entire content before meeting us.)

What does LIJO.RENY.architects do?
We are architects/designers who primarily offer services related to architectural design. We mainly design buildings but, we also deal with interiors, furniture, products, accessories, as well as graphics if it is interesting.

Where is your office?
10°32’07.8″N 76°12’20.3″E
Location: Punkunnam, District: Thrissur, State: Kerala, Country: India

Do you have branches elsewhere?
No

Since when have you been practicing architecture?
Ar.Reny Lijo since 2003 and Ar. Lijo Jos since 2001. We founded LIJO.RENY.architects in the year 2005.

What style of architecture do you practice?
We are constantly searching for a language (style) of our own. As of now our designs can be broadly categorised as Contemporary.

Do you Practice Traditional Kerala Architecture?
No. Many have asked us why we don’t practice traditional style of architecture, being a practice based in Kerala. Here in Kerala many practice pseudo – traditional architecture in the name of Kerala style. We don’t want to be another mindless firm following that path. We sincerely strive to be a practice that essentially deal with, space, light, and the other elements. Moreover the primary principles that governed the existence/continuation of traditional style of architecture have changed over the years, namely the Climate, the Condition of the Land, the Construction Materials, the Construction Techniques and also the Lifestyle of the People.

Can we see any of your built works?
We can guide you to our projects that are under construction. But regarding our finished projects, we prefer to respect the clients privacy and let you access only the documentation of the project. (Photographs or videos if we have any.)

Do we have to travel down to your office to meet you?
Yes. That way you’d get to see how we work.

Do we need to take an appointment to meet you in your office?
Yes. We have set aside the morning half of the office hours purely for designing and its in the afternoon half of the office hours that we meet our clients to discuss project related matters. Hence its necessary to take an appointment in advance (by mail or phone) to meet us.

When do we have the first meeting?
If the client is comfortable with our ideas and working style we give them an appointment for a meeting in our office.

What should we bring when we come to meet you?
It would be advisable to bring a copy of the village sketch of the site along with the brief for the project. (A few photographs or video clips of the site would be helpful too)

When do you visit the site?
After our first discussion for the project (which happens in our office) we would let you know a comfortable date by which we can visit your site.

Do we have to pay you for the first site visit?
Yes. We do charge a nominal fee (+ actual travel fare) for our first site visit if the site is outside Thrissur city limits, as many enquiries that come our way, need not materialise into full-fledged projects due to several reasons.

What services do you offer?
(Please refer our services and fee statements for details. If you don’t have it already do contact us for the same.)

How much do you charge for your services?
(Please refer our services and fee statements for details. If you don’t have it already do contact us for the same.)

Do we have to pay you an advance before starting the project?
Yes. The amount depends on the scheme chosen by the client. (Please refer our services and fee statements for details. If you don’t have it already do mail us for the same.)

When do we get the ‘services and fee statement’ from you?
We usually send the ‘services and fee statement’ to the prospective clients only once we have had a detailed discussion (over the phone or by mail) regarding the project. It is necessary that we learn your brief for the project before we can send you the ‘services and fee statement’. Do give us a call on the numbers given in the contact and request for the same.

If we are comfortable with each others ideas, what are the details required before designing our project?
Most importantly we should be given a Total Station (Digital) Survey (in AutoCad Dwg. format) of the site along with other details of the site (we would give you a form regarding these details, which would have to be filled up by the client and returned to us along with the soft copy of the digital site survey, for our reference.

When would you start designing our project?
We take up only a limited number of projects each year to maintain a certain level of quality and as a result we usually have a waiting list of projects/clients. We would add your project to this list and take it up based on the schedule. Kindly contact us to know the present waiting period.

How does the whole process of designing happen?
When clients contact us for their project, we make sure that we send them a link to this website or a mail that contains a gist of this website’s content. If the clients are comfortable with our ideas of architecture/design mentioned in the details sent to them, we call them over for a meeting in our office after which we visit their site. After the site visit, we give them a list of points to be considered when they get the digital survey of the site done. ( this is to ensure that there isn’t any error regarding the site details.) Once the survey details are obtained we call the clients for a detailed discussion regarding the requirements of the project. During this discussion we note down all details regarding the project. (This would be a session where we take the client through their requirements right from the entry gate to the backyard of their proposed project.) As the next step, we sit with these requirements and prepare a core concept which would give a direction to their project. Once a basic layout is ready we call the clients for the next meeting which would help us both finalise the design. If the clients have communicated well during the first two sessions it has been our experience that the clients approve what we show them at this stage. As soon as the meeting is over we strengthen our design based on the outcome of the discussion. The next step is to finalise the project based on the final presentation. After which, we carry on with the detailed drawings for approval/construction.

Who would design our project?
We both (Ar. Lijo Jos and Ar. Reny Lijo) make sure that we are available at the office for all the major meetings as the design is developed together by us. Once we both feel that project has reached a certain level of detail, one of us take up the responsibility of the project. It could be either Ar. Lijo Jos or Ar. Reny Lijo depending on who is relatively free then. The clients from then on would interact with the person handling the project.

Do you give us several options of designs to choose from?
No. As explained earlier, if the clients have communicated well during the first two sessions, it has been our experience that the clients approve what we show them during the first stage itself. When we detail their design we work out several possibilities and ultimately show the clients what we think is the best for them. If the clients have helped us understand them completely, we would be showing them what is best for their project.

Do you take up Construction of your designs?
No.

Do you supervise your projects?
We do not offer regular supervision or bill checking as LIJO.RENY.architects is a small studio that concentrates on design solutions rather than execution of their projects for the time being. But, we do offer timely visits at various stages (depending on the scheme chosen) to ensure that the construction is as per the finalised design.

Do you handle Renovation/Extension/Conservation projects?
No. Not for the time being.

If we already have a plan ready from some other source, would you detail/ design the rest of such a project?
No. We prefer to start the project from the scratch to ensure the best from us as Architects.

Do you do Elevations alone?
No. We do not believe in the logic of ‘Elevation design’. We believe in a practice where the project is designed as a whole and every element has a meaning as well as role in the perfect working of the design.

Do you design considering Vastu?
No. When a house is designed, we give ventilation (light and breeze) utmost priority. Spatial management, circulation, aesthetics as well as other design parameters are also not left behind. This is what vastu is supposed to be. But vastu nowadays has been misinterpreted and taken to an unhealthy commercial level, tapping the fear factor of the layman. So in this context, we would like to let you know that we do not render our services to those who need vastu considered for their project, as we have distanced ourselves from such ambiguous beliefs or practices.

How can we contact you?

Write to us @ LIJO.RENY.architects, TC 32/229/1 , Krishna Lane, Punkunnam, Thrissur-680002 Kerala, INDIA

call us @ +91 98470 16689 , +91 94469 40633 , +91 487 2388633

email us @
(Projects and other related enquiry only): lijo.reny@gmail.com
(Internship and job related enquiry only ): openingsatlra@gmail.com