Indian-American architect Sanjiv Bhandari has been appointed to the District II seat of the Contra Costa County Planning Commission for a four-year term, on the recommendation of Supervisor Candace Andersen. His tenure runs through June 30, 2025.
The County Planning Commission comprises seven members appointed by the board. It was done because one member shall be nominated by each of the five supervisors and two by the board of supervisors as a whole. Starting July 1 and ending on June 30, the commissioners who have been appointed serve four-year terms.
Bhandari, AIA, FIIA, who heads an award-winning architectural firm named BKBC Architects Inc., has as many as 40 years of experience in architecture and urban design. He also has experience in planning retail, residential, and mixed-use projects, and since 1992, he has been a licensed architect in California.
According to a press release, Bhandari recently completed projects in Northern California, including Quarry Lane Preschool for 300 children in Dublin; Learn & Play Montessori school for 115 kids in Fremont; a 150-bed assisted living facility in Turlock; 82-bed memory care living facility in Antioch; a mixed-use building with 44 luxury residential condos in Fremont; 16 townhomes on a .95-acre parcel in Newark; 10 townhomes on a .75-acre lot in Hayward; two custom houses of approximately 4,000 square feet each in Fremont, and a 5,000 square feet custom residence in the Oakland Hills.
For at least the last 30 years, Bhandari has been involved with many professional organizations. He has served on several boards and commissions, such as Alamo Municipal Advisory; board of directors of Urban Land Institute San Francisco; Design Review Commission for the City of Walnut Creek; board of directors and chairman of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce; chairman of the architectural review board for the City of San Ramon; director of the American Institute of Architects San Francisco; advisory council of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission; advisory council of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District; and the Contra Costa County Green Building Task Force.
Bhandari holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Chandigarh College of Architecture in India. He has earned a post-graduate diploma in urban planning from IHS, Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He has received his master of science degree in architecture from the San Francisco Institute of Architecture.