Zaidi Christo Design was established in 2018 by Shaad Zaidi and Robert Christo with the ultimate goal of becoming a community-oriented design company, committed to contributing to the common good. 


We met in 2005 while studying architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. A shared interest in socially conscious design, along with a love of sports, travel, and grilled meats cemented our friendship over the course of the 5 years we spent there. After graduating from IIT in 2010, we parted ways for a bit. Shaad moved to Singapore to work for WOHA, an award winning firm with an emphasis on design driven by local context, culture, and climate. Robert stayed in Chicago where he worked for Alt Architecture + Research Associates, a small firm focused on community oriented healing spaces. We both moved to NYC in late 2014 with the hope of starting a firm together. After a few years working at local firms and gaining exposure to the NYC architecture and building scene, we were able to establish our practice in early 2018. 

Shaad Zaidi


Architecture is the organizational framework within which our lives are structured. We believe that done well, architecture has the power to inspire and improve the lives of its users. It is something we all interact with intimately every day, and its impact on all of us - if designed with consideration and care - can be profound. Whether it’s a single family home, a retail build-out, or a new office building, our goal is to always have a positive impact on the greatest number of individuals possible, while considering each design decision carefully and working with the client to meet all of their needs.


Zaidi Christo Design is an architecture and design firm that provides a variety of services. While we are ready to help you complete the design project of your dreams, we also understand that not everyone has the resources to commit to that project right away. Even if you are not ready to start your project, we can help you come up with ideas, study design alternatives, navigate code, zoning, and local permitting constraints, and weigh the costs associated with different design concepts. If you are interested in working together, please reach out to us here.

Robert Christo