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Hafeez Contractor did his Graduate Diploma in architecture from Mumbai in 1975 and his post-graduation from Columbia University New York on a Tata Scholarship. He commenced his career in 1968 with T. Khareghat as an apprentice and in 1977 he became the associate partner in the firm. He started his own practice in 1982 with a staff of two. Today the firm has over 530 employees including senior associates, town planners, architects, interior designers, CAD operators and support staff.
Architect Hafeez Contractor has won over 70 National and International Awards. The firm has designed and executed a wide range of architectural projects like bungalows; residential developments; hospitals; hotels; corporate offices; banking and financial institutions; commercial complexes; shopping malls; educational institutions; recreational and sports facilities; townships; airports; railway stations; urban planning and civic redevelopment and infrastructure projects. The firm is currently empanelled and working with various housing boards of different states including Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.
Hafeez, along with senior civic authorities worked out solutions for slums in Mumbai by introducing slum rehabilitation scheme. Also, he worked with a developer in Gurgaon and convinced government that high-rise development had more advantages in terms of quality of life versus intense low rise structures.