Our Story

We are an architectural firm based in New York City. Our senior architects have a combined 40 years of experience in creating some of the best buildings in the city. Our mission is to ensure everyone we work with has access to high quality buildings that maintain design values and elements of luxury.

Our Inspiration

Our name comes from the Baobab tree. The Baobab tree is a symbol of strength and resilience, which is why it’s also called the tree of life. This tree reflects what we strive for in all of our buildings as well as in our day-to-day lives.

The Baobab tree also provides inspiration for our designs which create an aesthetic within American architecture that is derived from an Afrocentric base while furthering the multi-cultural expression that is integral to American architecture. We are well-versed in African heritage, which at times is expressed in our designs, including textures, patterns, symbolism, and the understanding of interior and exterior spaces.

Our Specialties

We specialize in designing multi-family residential buildings and hotels. Moreover, showing the strength of our namesake, we don’t shy away from projects with complicated site issues. As a result, Baobab Architects provides the skill and experience needed to complete even the most challenging projects. Additionally, just like the Baobab tree acts as the center of communities and brings people together, we are highly skilled at working with multiple parties and stakeholders to produce attractive, practical buildings for the general public to enjoy.

Our designs focus on creating innovative, accessible, functional, low-maintenance solutions for our clients. We do all this while establishing a feasible timeline and a sensible budget. Our combined 40 years of experience helps us understand the unique demands and challenges our clients face when building in the Big Apple, and our experience and understanding is essential to making sure our client’s projects are executed as smoothly as possible. 

Let us bring our skills and experience to bear on your next building project. With our unique combination of practicality, aesthetic appeal, and innovation our firm will produce results that will leave you with a smile as big as the Baobab tree itself.

About Founding Principal

Tafadzwa G. Mwandiambira, AIA, LEED Green Assoc.

Mr. Mwandiambira has a specialty in residential, hospitality and mixed use projects. As a Principal, Mr. Mwandiambira works with clients at the very outset of a project, and directs  design and production teams interfacing consultants. He will coordinate complex projects from conception to completion. Mr. Mwandiambira is noted for his aptitude for architectural design, zoning and building code analysis.  His strength is translating design intent into construction realties with superior documentation and construction phase team leadership.

Mr. Mwandiambira founded Baobab Architects, after working for substantial periods of time for prominent NYC Architects where he demonstrated focused abilities by repeatedly taking over large projects and bringing them to successful completion while instilling confidence with clients. As a Principal, Tafadzwa contributes to the quality control of the office as a resource for interpretation complex zoning and documentation assurance. Born in Zimbabwe, Mr. Mwandiambira is fluent in English and natively speaks Shona. He studied Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of American Institute of Architects, and licensed to practice Architecture in New York State. He is a member of US Green Building Council.