Haresh Vibhakar

Haresh Vibhakar

San Diego, CA, US




Innovative registered architect with 20+ years experience working on a wide range of project types, including projects by Pritzker Award winning Architects. Committed to a research-oriented approach in addressing complex planning, construction and finance issues. Expert in coordinating diverse teams and engaging stakeholders to define project scope, milestones, and financial goals that set up projects to successfully meet their objectives. Skilled team builder, mentor, and motivator.



JCJ Architecture, San Diego, CA, US, Sr Project Architect

Provided technical leadership in design, evaluated & selected building systems and materials, coordinated project engineering, oversaw production of project documents, reviewed shop drawings, and conducted QC reviews. Managed resources and mentored junior staff.
Key Projects/Accomplishments: Casino-Hotel projects with budgets ranging from $70M - $360M in CA | Design for a hotel project in AZ | Interior for a workspace project in Champaign, IL | Sustainability Action Committee member for formulating the firms AIA 2030 Commitment. QC review for MLK school and Wesleyan University Film studies project in CT.

Oct 2017 - Apr 2020

SERA Architects, Portland, OR, US, Sr Project Architect

Provided leadership in design & project management, evaluated and selected building systems and materials, led engineering coordination and stakeholder engagement, oversaw the production of project documents and reviewed shop drawings. Developed Project programing, defined scope, schedule and computed fees for RFP responses. Administered QA processes and performed QC reviews. Managed resources and mentored junior staff.
Key Projects/Accomplishments: Oversaw the production of project packages for 3 & 4-star urban hotel projects ($40-50M) LEED Gold certified projects | Delivered project feasibility studies for SERA Architects office and real-estate development at Mt Hood, OR | SD-phase Google Cloud Executive Briefing Center, Mountain View CA | Updated and optimized the Organization’s Process Standards manual with a new QA & QC checklist | QC reviews for numerous housing & workspace projects.

Feb 2015 - Oct 2017

DiLeonardo International, Warwick, RI, US, Project Director

Managed hospitality projects, which involved collaboration with international teams. Monitored & controlled to ensure overall project success. Oversaw production of interior design documents, delivered design documents for Al, Messila VIP Resort and SPA, Doha, Qatar. Negotiated and finalized client contracts. Mentored Junior staff.

Oct 2014 - Jan 2015

Larsen & Toubro Construction Ltd., Mumbai, India, Chief Architect - Section Head

Served as head of the Architectural Department. Monitored stakeholder engagement and periodically presented design packages to owners. Analyzed risk, computed design fees for RFP responses, negotiated consultant fees, and finalized contracts. Participated in hiring of resources, managed a team of twenty and reviewed KRA’s on bi-annual basis.
Key Projects/Accomplishments: Obtained all design component signoffs from stakeholders and delivered CDs in record time for the Seawoods Grand Central ($450M) a transit oriented Integrated Mix Use Development
in Navi Mumbai consisting of a railway station, retail mall, office towers, hotel, and ancillary facilities (concept: HOK) | Air India-CENCO Jet engine test cell facility at Nagpur Airport ($25M project). Constructability review for a Herzog & de Meuron project in Doha, Qatar. All projects were design-build and used a Predictive & Agile hybrid project lifecycle approach.

Sep 2012 - Sep 2014

MPG Hotels and Infrastructure Ventures, Trivandrum, India, Vice President - Design & Project Management

Developed strategies for design procurement and execution of projects. Presented project viability reports for hospitality, commercial, and multifamily residential projects to stakeholders. Established KPIs, prepared program level project budgets & negotiated and finalized design contracts. Prepared annual staffing projections, participated in acquiring resources to build and develop the new team, supervised the Design Director, mentored Project Managers and evaluated the teams KRAs.
Key Projects/Accomplishments: Delivered design packages for: Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum, Taj Green Cove, Kovalam Beach Resort expansion, and Hilton Garden Inn in Chennai | Initiated design and construction of multiple residential and commercial projects in Kerala.

Jul 2010 - Aug 2012

FRCH Design Worldwide, Cincinnati, OH, US, Director

Led the team on production of Developer Packages for the Hampton by Hilton (HbH) International prototypes for Eastern Europe, Latin America, India, and concept for Brazil. Lead on the show lounge theatre for the Tropicana Mega Resort 10,200 key Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, and Monte Carlo Resort remediation project, Las Vegas.

Oct 2007 - Jun 2009


DC Patel School of Architecture, Vallabh Vidyanagar, India, BArch, Professional degree in Architecture

Diploma in Architecture: (5 Year Professional Program) Awarded Gold Medal for outstanding Academic Achievements from the DC Patel School of Architecture, India. (NAAB accreditation through EESA-NCARB)

Jun 1982 - Apr 1997

Areas of Specialization