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SAN ANTONIO (August 6, 2019) — The City of San Antonio has hired a City Architect to be responsible for the overall management and implementation of all City architectural designs and construction projects. Gopinath (Gopi) Akalkotkar was hired by Transportation & Capital Improvements last month, after Councilman Roberto Treviño and former Deputy City Manager Peter Zanoni worked to bring back the position of City Architect during the previous budget cycle. The request was
“Affordable housing and transportation are top priorities across San Antonio, and I am grateful to have professionals with a range of technical expertise on board,” said Councilman Treviño. “Folks like Mr. Akalkotkar will ensure projects in the built environment meet the needs of the community while looking for opportunities for efficiencies and cost-savings.”
The primary duties of the City Architect include preparing financial feasibility studies and construction cost estimates used to establish and control budget costs while ensuring that various designs are developed in support of City initiatives/projects. The City Architect will also coordinate with firms and multi-disciplinary groups of professional architects, engineers, and contractors that support the City.
“This is an incredible opportunity to improve the quality of life for the place I call home,” said City Architect Akalkotkar. “Using smart and thoughtful design principles, I look forward to assisting the City of San Antonio in their mission to be good stewards of the taxpayers’ dollars.”
Mr. Akalkotkar’s work as an architect has taken him across the world – from India to Switzerland to New York to San Antonio. He has worked in San Antonio for over 15 years after obtaining his Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Gopi is a community service-oriented individual who, before joining the City of San Antonio, participated in many urban design working groups with the Planning Department and has also served as a Technical Advisory Committee member for the San Antonio Planning Commission.
“I want to commend Erik Walsh, and his team, for recognizing the importance of including more professionals, like a City Architect and a Pedestrian Mobility Officer, in our decision-making processes,” said Councilman Treviño.