Rabbiah “Robbie” Sabbakhan
Rabbiah “Robbie” Sabbakhan has devoted much of his professional career to local government. He served more than a decade with the City of Richmond’s building department. While there, Mr. Sabbakhan played a key role in the completion of several major projects including the Richmond Convention Center, VCU School of Engineering, MCV Biotech Park, Phillip Morris Research & Technology, and the Stony Point Mall.
In 2007, Mr. Sabbakhan relocated to the District, where he’d spent most of his childhood, to serve as a Construction Project Manager with Forest City Washington for The Yards. Mr. Sabbakhan returned to his roots in local government in 2009 when he assumed the role of DCRA’s Deputy Chief of Permitting. In January 2011, DCRA’s Director, Nicholas Majett, promoted Mr. Sabbakhan to Chief Building Official to oversee and synergize both the Permitting & Inspections Divisions.
As Chief Building Official, Mr. Sabbakhan created efficiencies and initiated streamlining efforts for the permitting and inspections processes, including the launch of ProjectDox, DCRA’s web-based electronic plan submission and review program, and creation of the Green Building Program. During his time at DCRA, Mr. Sabbakhan has also been a member of the Construction Codes Coordinating Board and Chair of the Building Code Technical Advisory Group (TAG). His efforts were instrumental in the development and adoption of the 2013 DC Construction Codes.
In addition to CCCB, he is also a member of the Green Building Advisory Council, ex-officio on the Commission of African American Affairs, and a contributor to the Business and Regulatory Reform Task Force. He has an established record as a leader committed to fostering good agency working relationships with developers, designers, housing advocates, sister agencies, and key stakeholder groups.
Mr. Sabbakhan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, including a semester studying Egyptian architecture abroad at the American University in Cairo. He resides in Ward 4 with his wife and daughters.