Gopinath Akalkotkar has joined Archwert to spearhead the creation of a global design and planning firm. Apart from providing design leadership, he will be the main guiding force for the vision and overall business strategy for Archwert in collaboration with the promoters.

A LEED accredited professional, Gopinath is a licensed architect in India as well as the State of Texas in the USA. Educated in India, Switzerland and the US, he has over 27 years of global experience in the field of Architecture, Urban Design and Planning. He has worked on projects in the US, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, France, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Turkey, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, India, Japan and South Korea.

After 20 years of Global work, Gopinath returned to India from 2009-2014 as part of the senior management of Burt Hill Design in India. After Burt Hill merged with Stantec, Gopinath took on the role of the Managing Principal of Stantec India. During his leadership tenure with Stantec, the firm delivered several marquis projects in India as well as collaborated with other Stantec offices to deliver large projects globally.

The body of his work includes Urban Planning, Urban Design, Master planning and Architecture for large scale projects. Having led a multi-disciplinary firm, he is adept at integrated delivery of complex projects. Several of his projects have been published and have won awards globally. He has special interest in large scale architectural projects such as Stadiums, Hospitals, Schools, Colleges, Offices and master planning of campuses and townships.

Gopinath also has keen interest in Academics. He has been a faculty member at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has also lectured and participated in several juries at various colleges including UT Austin and CEPT University. He has lectured extensively on various topics at several venues.

As part of his community leadership and involvement, Gopinath has served on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Planning Commission of the City of San Antonio. He has been a member of the Urban Land Institute’s membership committee, AIA San Antonio’s Urban Affairs committee and has worked on several community visioning projects in the US and India. He has also served as a steering committee member of the Leadership San Antonio program for the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

His vision is to combine global knowledge with high technological expertise, to deliver world class projects in India.

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