He is pretty well known among the contemporary Indian Architects. He is the part of Bombay Heritage Committee . There is a great long list under his belt exhibiting his skills.
He started working in 1968 as an apprentice with his uncle T.Khareghat even while working toward his architecture degree. In 1977, he became the associate partner in the firm. Between 1977 and 1980, he was a visiting faculty member at the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai.
He started his firm, Architect Hafeez Contractor, in 1983 with two people. One of his first success stories was the Vastu building at Worli Seaface. He then bagged projects in Pune for Karia Builders and a lot of residential buildings. He has also designed The Imperial I and II, the tallest buildings in India.
His work is controversial from the perspective of social impact and originality. His design approach is often thought of as uninspiring by architecture academics. Despite being one of India's most successful commercial architects, he publicly stated that Western standards for "green" buildings are a joke arguing that the problems present in India require unique solutions. In an interview with the New York Times he was profiled for his influence on modern Architecture in India and as Bollywood's Starchitect.
Cityscaping is not the term conservationists use to describe Hafeez’s work. They oppose a large number of his ideas as harmful, if not disastrous, to the city. One of them hinted that he laughed evilly as he planned to remove a century-old staircase for renovations on a heritage structure. His proposal to reclaim 500 m on either side of Mumbai for a continuous strip of parkland, a ring road, and a line of skyscrapers facing the sea was derided.