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Yassi Gabbay is the founder of Gabbay Architects.

Yassi received a masters from the University of Tehran with awards and honors, and a Ph.D from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He founded Gabbay Architects and then TASMA Consulting Architects in Iran and developed it into one of the leading architecture firms of the country, employing an international team of sixty-five people.

Prior to the 1979 Revolution in Iran, Yassi Gabbay was decorated twice for his design work. The most notable was the design and competition award of the Shah Abbas Hotel Complex in Isfahan, the most prestigious in the Middle East. He established himself by introducing contemporary design and details to the traditional landscape of Isfahan and blending his innovative vision with traditional craftsmanship. Gabbay gained recognition for the design of the Guilan University Campus, which remained incomplete when he left the country.

Yassi Gabbay further cultivated his design portfolio with the launch of Gabbay Architects in Beverly Hills, California, where he has been awarded twice by the City’s Architectural Commission during his practice. He oversees the studio's efforts from programming through construction, acting as project designer on a selected basis.


  • University of Tehran (awards & honors)
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Ph.D. in Architecture


  • Gellis et Culombeau: Director of Design
    Paris, France.
  • Gabbay Architects: Principal
    Tehran, Iran
  • TASMA Consulting Architects: Principal
    Tehran, Iran
  • Heinle, Wischer Und Partner: J.V. Partner
    Stuttgart, Germany
  • Le Sopha Group: Director of Design
    Los Angeles, CA


  • Architectural Design Award, 1995, City of Beverly Hills, CA
  • Architectural Design Award, 1993, City of Beverly Hills, CA
  • Agha-Khan Award for Architecture, (Nominee), 1980 - Shah Abbas Hotel- Isfahan
  • First National Award, 1971 - Shah Abbas Place Competition - Isfahan
  • Architectural Award, Ministry of Urbanism  Tehran, Iran
  • Graduation Award "Top First Student,"
  • University of Tehran
  • Decorated by Shah of Iran
  • Decorated by Prime Minister of Iran


  • “Esther’s Children” (H. Sarshar) Co-Author . Gabbay’s Design and Renovation of Esther’s Tomb in Iran
  • “Cijoh” - seminar of Iranian Jewish History. Speaker, Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles


Hamid Gabbay obtained a Ph.D at the Faculty of Architecture in The University of Florence, Italy.   After serving a short tenure as assistant professor in Florence, Hamid returned to Iran to practice architecture. 

Upon his return, Hamid was recruited as Professor of Basic Design in the Fine Arts faculty at the University of Teheran.  Meanwhile, as a principal of Gabbay Architects, he was involved in the design of projects for both the private and public sector. Due to the political and religious upheaval in Iran, Hamid immigrated with his family to Beverly Hills, California in 1978.

Hamid’s career in architecture has flourished in the United States.  As a principal of Gabbay Architects, he continues to be active in the design and planning of both commercial and custom residential projects.  Additionally, he is intensively involved in the community, having chaired the Beverly Hills Planning Commission, Fine Art Commission and the Design Review Commission


  • University of Florence, Italy Faculty of Architecture Ph.D. in Architecture, 1971


  • Vito Cetta and Associates: Principal
    Santa Monica, CA.
  • Gabbay Architects: Principal
    Tehran, Iran
  • Fernando Savioli: Design
    Florence, Italy


  • Certificate of Appreciation, 1988, 1989, 1990
    City Beverly Hills, CA.
  • Certificate of Appreciation, 1989, 1990
    Beverly Hills Board of Education
  • Certificate of Excellence, 1990
    Beverly Hills Board of Education
  • Certificate of Appreciation, 1991
    Beverly Hills Education Foundation
  • Architectural Commission Award, 1993
  • Design Review Commission Award, 2009


  • Chairman
    Design Review Commission
    City of Beverly Hills
  • Former Chairman
    Beverly Hills Fine Art Commission
    City of Beverly Hills
  • Former Chairman
    Planning Commission
    City of Beverly Hills
  • Former Chairman
    R-1 Commission
    City of Beverly Hills
  • Board Member
    Wallis Annenberg Performing Art Center
    Beverly Hills, CA
  • Board Member
    Nessah Synagogue
    Beverly Hills, CA.
  • Former Member
    ORT Executive Committee
    Los Angeles, CA.
  • Former Professor of Design
    Fine Arts Faculty
    Tehran University, Iran
  • Former Assistant Professor
    Faculty of Architecture
    Florence, Italy


  • Parametro, Italian Architectural Magazine
  • House Design and Solar Energy, 1979
  • Nikkei, Japanese Magazine
  • Houses in Beverly Hills, 1993
  • Shofar, California Jewish Monthly
  • Achievements of G.A. as a Success Story
  • Rob Report: Home Entertainment, April 2006
  • W Magazine, June 2009
  • Beverly Hills, Weekly July 2009
  • Beverly Hills Design & Life by BH Courier