Yogeendra 'YOGI' Desai

Yogeendra "YOGI" Desai

Clifton, NJ, US



Immigrating to USA in March 2016.

Over 33 years of Professional experience in Real Estate / Consultancy Firms experience in the Middle East - Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait and India. Lead teams as EVP, Project Manager,  Design Manager, Sr. Architect, and Project Architect.  PMP and LEED AP certified and trainer.


Unitech Ltd., Gurgaon, IN, Executive Vice President - Design

Provide leadership and direction for pan India portfolio, programs and project teams in carrying out feasibility analysis, code reviews, product strategy, requirement documentations, space programming, phasing strategies based on market dynamics. Managing in-house and external Consultant selection, interpretation of company’s goals to designers, Active Design Management, Site Execution & Coordination, Project Master Scheduling & Management, Support Budgeting, Cost Control, and Marketing teams. Responsible for staff motivation and building in-house capability and talent. Further, assist investment group in financial analysis of the project, support preparation of marketing brochure and techno-commercial presentations to prospective tenants, banks and other stakeholders.

May 2013 - current

KEO International Consultants, Kuwait, KW, Sr. Design Manager

Al Reem Mall, Hotel & Residential Towers, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Managed the design team including constructability review from Concept Design to Tender Documents with supporting Technical Team. The project is valued at USD 1.2B.
Kuwait Investment Authority Headquarters, Kuwait: Successfully led Design Review & Value engineering team to achieve project budget reduction by 22% for 62 stories KIA Headquarters in Kuwait.
Grand Heights, Egypt: Managed, reviewed and lead Grand Heights (3632 Residential Unit Housing master-plan designed by Callison, Seattle, USA) as project/design manager.
Collaboration Center, Kuwait: Construction Manager for state-of-the-art Command Center for Kuwait Oil C

Nov 2008 - May 2013


School of Architecture CEPT Univeristy, Ahmedabad, IN, BArch, Architectural Design & Urban Planning

Six-year full time program established with Ford Foundation. The program is recognized by CAA - Commonwealth Association of Architecture as equivalent to RIBA and all US Universities for graduate programs. Considered to be the best School in India.

Jun 1973 - Jun 1979


Aga Khan Award for Islamic Architecture, 1st Place

Al-Kindi Plaza at Diplomatic Quarters, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia won the prestigious award for Islamic Architecture.


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