Ar Alfaz Miller, Co-founder & Principal Architect, ABM Architects, Mumbai

Ar Alfaz Miller, Co-founder & Principal Architect, ABM Architects, Mumbai

Architecture, to Alfaz Miller, has always represented a satisfying amalgamation of his various interests: he loved to sketch; he 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 the 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 Millernium, Mumbai, it hums with high-octane energy, perfectly in keeping with his approach to every project. One of the firm’s many specialties 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.

About ABM Architects

ABM Architects is a Mumbai based Architecture & Interior Design Firm. Alfaz Miller co-founded the Firm in 1972, and is the Principal Architect. The firm has evolved with changing times and has a young workforce, guided by experienced professionals in the core team. ABM's wide experience spans major institutional and corporate projects, private buildings, offices, airports, hotels, health, residential spaces, heritage and conservation work. The firm enjoys a reputation for architecture and design solutions that are varied, comprehensive, and most importantly, client-focused. Every ABM creation aims to integrate a timeless aesthetic with functional design, an objective that has been at the core of the firm’s culture since its inception.

ABM’s design excellence has been acclaimed by the many awards and citations it has received. Client satisfaction has always been the firm's principle objective - its success measured by the fact that 80% of ABMs projects originate from loyal clients. It has consciously chosen to remain a boutique design firm undertaking selected projects at a time. This helps the firm stay focused on the work at hand, paying attention to detail and be accessible to the client at all times. The firm evaluates wide-ranging ideas from the client, the project team and the consultants. This is made possible by ABM’s highly-efficient infrastructure within its own six-storeyed office building in the heart of the city, which houses multiple teams working collaboratively on several projects.

The skilled and collaborative workforce of 50 in-house architects, designers, 3D visualizers, and engineers, is well-supported by competent structural and service consultants. ABM’s in-house MEPF team (Mechanical, Engineering, Plumbing, and Firefighting) works closely with the architects and interior designers to deliver comprehensive services to each project. The office also houses fine artist Brinda Miller's studio, as well the Miller family’s vast personal collection of art. Brinda Miller advises clients on the purchase and commissioning of sculptures, artworks, and installations from a vast selection of artists.

Read about a fabulous project by Architect Alfaz Miller in the October Issue of Surfaces Reporter Magazine.

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