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.

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 Stereo Vision, and Backlands residences.



Amber Kilborn

Amber Kilborn began university studying engineering, earned a diploma and later completed an undergraduate degree in architecture. She has significant design/build experience having contributed to projects in Norway, New Brunswick and Ontario, and is constantly driven by a connection to the landscape. She is currently working on her Masters of Architecture degree at Dalhousie University and is excited to be completing her work term with Omar Gandhi Architect.



Peter Kolodziej

Born in Poland and raised in Ottawa, Peter first studied neuroscience and molecular medicine at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa before changing paths to pursue architecture.  He left Ontario and his previous field of study to attend the Dalhousie University School of Architecture, drawn by the strong design tradition, focus on craft and apprenticeship program.

During his studies at Dalhousie, Peter took part in the Potlotek First Nations FreeLab in Chapel Island, NS, the ‘Refuge’ FreeLab on the Bay of Fundy, the Christchurch Housing studio in Dartmouth, and the Public Architecture studio in St. John’s Newfoundland.  He was awarded the Medjuck Architectural Design Scholarship, the Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship, and the School of Architecture Thesis Prize – the latter for his studies on the role of architecture in the integration of farming, urban use, and ecology.  After working for two co-op terms at MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects in Halifax, Peter subsequently graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies and a Master of Architecture in 2012 and 2014, respectively.

Upon graduation, Peter joined Omar Gandhi Architect, where he now manages several house projects in Nova Scotia as an Intern Architect.  He lives with his wife and Haligonian daughter in their first home, a renovated Hydrostone townhouse.


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 and Michael Cook.

OG and JS portraits by Riley Smith