Omar Gandhi

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

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.

Omar is the recipient of the 2014 Canada Council for the Arts Professional Prix de Rome and was listed in Wallpaper* Magazine’s 2014 Architects Directory – their list of the top 20 Young Architects in the World.



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 responsible for overseeing several projects including the Fyren, Float and the Sluice Point Residence.



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.

Ryan Beecroft, Peter Braithwaite, David Greenwell, Maxwell Schnutgen, Hayley Johnson, Devin Harper, Elizabeth Powell, Ozana Gherman, Michael Cook, Peter Kolodziej, Amber Kilborn and  Andre Kott.

OG and JS portraits by Riley Smith