Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
  • Shabbir Chandabhai

About Shabbir Chandabhai

Shabbir founded Burhani Design Architects in 2007 on the philosophical basis that architecture must be conscious and respectful of context and utility while enriching the human experience.

Shabbir has initiated various presentations and meetings related to spread awareness of high-rise building technology and current trends in Mumbai. As a visiting faculty he actively does presentations in various high-rise building design and construction topics at various architecture Institutions linked to Mumbai University.

He completed his undergraduate degree from Mumbai University and worked on mid- to large-scale residential and commercial projects in India with Architect Qutub Mandviwala and Architect T. Khareghat. He was also involved with designing low cost housing and cultural buildings for various community development projects in India.

He completed his graduate degree from the Illinois…


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About Shabbir Chandabhai

Shabbir founded Burhani Design Architects in 2007 on the philosophical basis that architecture must be conscious and respectful of context and utility while enriching the human experience.

Shabbir has initiated various presentations and meetings related to spread awareness of high-rise building technology and current trends in Mumbai. As a visiting faculty he actively does presentations in various high-rise building design and construction topics at various architecture Institutions linked to Mumbai University.

He completed his undergraduate degree from Mumbai University and worked on mid- to large-scale residential and commercial projects in India with Architect Qutub Mandviwala and Architect T. Khareghat. He was also involved with designing low cost housing and cultural buildings for various community development projects in India.

He completed his graduate degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, with a focus on high-rise building design with Architect Joseph Fujikawa and with a research on mixed-use high-rise building design with Architect George Schipporeit. He worked on several high-rise, mixed-use projects at various firms in Chicago. He has a keen interest in the contemporary design ideology and community projects and thus has been involved in designing urban community based projects in the Chicago area.

He is a registered architect with the Council of Architecture in India and an associate member American Institute of Architects and NCARB.

Burhani Design along with FXFowle, Fredrick Schwartz Architects and landscape firm Andropogon collaborated on an international design competition that was recently selected as the winning team to design the University Campus of Al Jamea tus Saifuyah in Nairobi, Kenya. The team met the objectives of creating a master plan and buildings which reflect the Fatemi culture while integrating it with the 21st century processes and technologies. It met all the objectives in a sustainable and cost effective manner. The project is currently under construction.

Burhani Design recently expanded their practice in Mumbai, and are consulting architects for several high-rise buildings and urban design projects. While continuing practice in India, their vision is to continue to spread further education and awareness to the high-rise building sector and related urban issues.

CTBUH Involvement

  • City Representative, Mumbai (2015 – Present)