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Praful M. Kulkarni

Praful M. KulkarniPraful M. Kulkarni is the founder, President and CEO of California-based gkkworks, a leading integrated firm providing architectural and construction services based in the United States and India. Mr. Kulkarni founded gkkworks in 1991 to fulfill his dream of establishing a professional services firm with a new paradigm that is rooted in an old and proven “master builder” approach. The gkkworks philosophy stems from the reality that architecture and construction are inseparable and applying a thorough understanding of each is critical to the success of any project. In this regard, gkkworks is structured to provide customized solutions through a comprehensive and collaborative process, whereby architects and construction professionals work side-by-side to deliver superior building projects.
Mr. Kulkarni is a Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation and serves on the boards of numerous professional associations and organizations. He has been an active member of DBIA for many years and is a past president of the DBIA Western Pacific Region. As a nationally recognized thought leader for design excellence, Mr. Kulkarni chairs the design excellence committee for the DBIA and is an authority on how to achieve design excellence utilizing the design-build delivery method. He also serves as a board member with the Los Angeles Economic Development Agency, the Community College Facilities Coalition, the Pepperdine University Board of Visitors and the Indian Institute of Technology Foundation. Mr. Kulkarni studied architecture on a full scholarship at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India. In 1974, he received a scholarship from the Rockefeller Foundation to come to the United States, where he obtained a Masters of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He later obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the executive program at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.
Mr. Kulkarni provides distinct vision to the firm’s philosophy, responsibility and dedication to clients’ needs and goals. In 2011, under his leadership, gkkworks was recognized as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in America by Inc. Magazine. The firm has grown to be one of the nation’s Top 100 construction management firms according to Engineering News-Record and Top 100 architectural firms according to the Almanac of Architecture and Design. gkkworks has been ranked among the Top 100 fastest growing design firms in the country for seven consecutive years according to Zweig White. Praful is also the proud recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his excellence and success in innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to his business, clients, and the communities they serve.