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Omar Gandhi named visiting professor at Yale School of Architecture


Halifax and Toronto-based Canadian architect Omar Gandhi has been appointed as the Louis I. Kahn visiting assistant professor in architectural design at the Yale School of Architecture for the fall semester of the 2018-19 academic year.

Omar Gandhi, Yale School of Architecture

Image via Omar Gandhi Architects Inc.

A winner of a 2018 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture for Rabbit Snare Gorge, Gandhi has risen to prominence as one of Canada’s leading young architects. Formed in 2010, Omar Gandhi Architect is a studio specializing in custom modern design, and has already won significant acclaim including two Lieutenant Governor Awards in Architecture, and been named in Wallpaper* Magazine’s 2014 top 20 young architectural practices worldwide. Previously, Gandhi worked for Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects and Young + Wright Architects in Toronto, and MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects in Halifax.

Rabbit Snare Gorge. Photo by doublespace photography.

Rabbit Snare Gorge. Photo by doublespace photography.

Gandhi holds undergraduate degrees in Architectural Studies from the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University, a Master’s degree from Dalhousie, and was also a sessional instructor at the School of Architecture and Planning at Dalhousie. Born and raised in Brampton, Ontario, Gandhi now lives and works in Halifax and Toronto.

According to Yale School of Architecture dean Sunil Bald, Gandhi is “a good fit for the position because his work shares Yale’s commitment to ‘progressive design’ and ‘environmental responsiveness,’” the CBC reports. Dean Deborah Berke also commented that Gandhi’s work is “true to this time while also being distinctly Nova Scotian.”

Gandhi will be presenting a public lecture at the Yale School of Architecture on Sept. 13