Omar Gandhi

Omar is a Canadian architect born in Toronto, raised in Brampton, Ontario and currently practices and resides with his wife and son in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

After studying in the Regional Arts program at Mayfield Secondary School (Caledon) and then the inaugural Architectural Studies Program at the University of Toronto he moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia where he received his Master’s degree in 2005 at Dalhousie University. After graduation Omar worked for Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, Young + Wright Architects and most recently for MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects in Halifax and worked on several key projects including Manitoba Hydro, Two Hulls, the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University and the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum- Nano Centre at the University of Waterloo. Gandhi started his own design studio in 2010 and became a registered architectural practice in 2012. Omar is currently also a sessional instructor at the School of Architecture and Planning at Dalhousie University.














Peter Braithwaite

Peter was born in Windsor, Ontario and spent part of his early childhood living in South Africa. In 2000 Peter moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of British Columbia. It was also in Vancouver where Peter honed his skills as a carpenter and cabinet maker. In 2007 Peter moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia to complete a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies and a Master of Architecture at Dalhousie University. Upon graduation he received the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Student Medal for achieving the highest level of academic excellence in his graduating class. Peter was also awarded a Rosetti Travel Scholarship to conduct studies pertaining to his thesis.

After working with MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects during his academic studies, Peter joined Omar Gandhi Architect Inc. where he currently holds the position of Associate and has acted as Project Architect for several projects including Black Gables, Briody Residence, Broad Cove Banks, Harbour Heights Residence and the Cabot Cliffs Clubhouse.














Jeff Shaw
Born and raised in Halifax Nova Scotia, Jeff learned carpentry and construction at an early age while working closely with his grandfather. It was during this time that Jeff decided on architecture as his career path and enrolled at Dalhousie University immediately after graduating high school. In architecture school Jeff spent a work term employed at Measured Architecture in Vancouver, British Colombia.  Jeff was awarded the SSEF steel scholarship for excellence in steel structure design as part of his thesis work. After graduating with his Masters in Architecture he spent some time working as a designer for a local design-build company, MRB Contracting. Shortly after, Jeff returned to Omar Gandhi Architect where he had previously spent a co-op work term. Jeff immediately became a Project Architect repsonsible for overseeing several projects including the Stereo Vision, and Backlands residences.



Since the firm’s inception in 2010, a group of highly skilled and talented collaborators have contributed to the quality of work and the spirit of the studio. In the order that they spent time at the studio: Ryan Beecroft, David Greenwell, Maxwell Schnutgen, Hayley Johnson, Sawa Rostkowska, Devin Harper and Elizabeth Powell.

Photography by Riley Smith


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