Principal Architect & Managing Director, ABM Architects
In Conversation with the Maestro: Alfaz Miller
“A career that spans for almost five decades and continues to grow stronger, Alfaz Miller’s contribution to architecture and design is second to none. We asked the veteran architect questions about his practice, philosophy and the journey so far. “ - Editor
Architecture, to Alfaz Miller, has always represented a satisfying amalgamation of his various interests: he loved to sketch; was interested in science and math. Alfaz Miller established ABM Architects soon after achieving his Bachelor of Architecture from JJ School of Art in 1972. The firm has grown from a 70-square-foot one-man office to a 7,000-square-foot building at the center of Mumbai. Miller’s proficient design skills, grounded ethics, and sharp business acumen continue to define his self-sufficient firm - which possesses all capabilities required for transforming ideas on paper, into brick-and-mortar realities.
Miller’s success story was triggered by the restoration of the interior architecture of ANZ Grindlay’s Fort office in Mumbai (1989), overcoming the challenges posed by a design intervention in a functional workspace. The project cemented ABM Architects’ reputation for creating solution-driven design programs and prioritizing quality of work, timelessness. Above everything, the project laid a foundation for a long-lasting client relationship, which ABM prides itself on maintaining.
As Alfaz enters his elegant and eclectic workplace in Studio Millennium, Mumbai, it hums with high-octane energy, perfectly in keeping with his approach to every project. One of the firm’s many specialities is residential architecture, and his office mirrors this expertise, with its division into intimate seating and work areas – all designed for an open exchange of ideas, and Alfaz’s collection of art and vintage cars.
Under Miller’s guidance, ABM Architects has successfully delivered several projects across all scales and buildings typologies: banks, office buildings, airport lounges, residential complexes and villas, each responding to the unique programmatic constraints and the client’s exact needs.
From small projects which are composed with careful artistry to a highly specialized vocabulary of interior design to medium and large architectural projects for individuals, corporations, and institutions; Alfaz is comfortable working on both ends of the design spectrum.
As the principal architect of an award-winning firm, Alfaz Miller himself is the recipient of several accolades and awards. He is driven by the constant desire to leave a mark on the architectural skyline; and his achievements are a constant reminder that design is still his true calling.
Hospitality Design in Heritage Space
By Ankur Choksi, Design Principal,
"A design principal at one of the most sought-after multi-disciplinary design practices in the country, Ankur Choksi reflects on Hospitality Design, the dynamic sector and its impact on Heritage Spaces." - Editor