VLK Architects recently announced that Gopinath “Gopi” Akalkotkar, COA, AIA, LEED AP, has joined the firm as principal. Akalkotkar will be responsible for leading VLK’s efforts in San Antonio and the South Texas market.
After receiving his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Akalkotkar led dozens of large and complex international projects at firms like ArchWert, Stantec, 3D/I (now Parsons), and Kell Munoz Wigodsky (now Munoz & Company). He has served numerous market sectors, including K-12, higher education, medical, commercial office, and mixed-use. His leadership experience includes the full spectrum of responsibilities such as business development, operations, administration, and design and project management for architectural and master planning projects.
He brings more than 30 years of global-scale experience with architecture and urban design firms in India, Switzerland, New York, and San Antonio. His most recent role was serving the San Antonio community as the City Architect, where he was responsible for the delivery of the 2017 municipal bond projects and several non-bond projects, including airport upgrades.