VLK Architects hires new Principal to lead South Texas market

Gopinath “Gopi” Akalkotkar has joined VLK Architects as Principal. He will be responsible for leading the firm’s efforts in San Antonio and the South Texas market.

Gopinath “Gopi” Akalkotkar

Akalkotkar brings more than 30 years of global-scale experience with architecture and urban design firms. He has 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.

He received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

“We are excited that Gopi has decided to join VLK,” says Sloan Harris, CEO|Partner of VLK Architects. “His experience in our profession is substantial to say the least and I am eager to see the leadership and mentorship he’ll bring to our firm.”

Akalkotkar’s most recent role was as San Antonio’s City Architect, where he was responsible for the delivery of the 2017 municipal bond projects and several non-bond projects, including airport upgrades.

“VLK is rapidly growing due to the team’s commitment to providing great service to Texas-wide clients through collaboration, thought leadership, and technical competence,” says Akalkotkar. “I am excited and honored to join VLK to help manage this awesome growth in the San Antonio and South Texas regions.”

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