Haril A. Pandya, AIA, LEED AP, is an award-winning Principal at CBT Architects, a 48-year-old international design architectural firm headquartered in Boston. With over 21 years of professional experience in corporate office, hospitality, mixed-use and retail projects, Haril leads the firm’s rapidly expanding Building Repositioning and Asset Strategy division. His 40+ team is focused on the repositioning and rebranding of urban and suburban corporate/commercial – often historic – buildings and the public areas around them, ultimately upgrading and transforming these spaces into increasingly attractive commodities for building owners looking to retain existing tenants and attract new ones.
Currently overseeing over 30 high-profile projects totaling over $180 million in the U.S. and Canada, he often tells his team that you need to think differently on every project because each property has a rich history and great story to tell. Repositioning is all about leveraging and enlivening a building’s existing features and amenities, while maintaining the essence of what makes the building unique in the first place.
Haril is a published writer, regular blogger on his personal website www.harilestate.com and has made numerous public speaking appearances, including a regional TEDx Talk in Boston discussing what the future of the workplace will be like for generations to come.
He is a recipient of the AIA’s Young Architects Award - the highest recognition for architects who have been licensed for 10 years or less. Haril was also named to Building Design + Construction's “40 under 40” and Banker & Tradesman’s “New Leaders” lists. He served as the youngest elected member on the Boston Society of Architects’ Board of Directors, the Boston Center for the Arts, the AIA Government Affairs Committee and the NAIOP Gavel Board Board of Directors where he worked as a thesis advisor for the Master of Interior Design program at Suffolk, and as a visiting critic at the Boston Architectural College.
He received a Bachelor’s of Building Science and a Bachelor’s of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.