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NELSON Worldwide Announces New Senior VP and Managing Director

Haril Pandya

Submitted by NELSON Wordwide

Boston –  Award-winning architecture, design, and strategy firm NELSON Worldwide, announced the addition of Haril A. Pandya, FAIA LEED AP, as Senior VP and managing director of the Boston office.

The news comes on the heels of the firm’s strategic revitalization for its Landlord Services practice, which will be rebranded as Asset Strategy. Asset Strategy is a holistic analysis and solution-oriented practice focused on unique design solutions around building repositioning, portfolio opportunity analysis, rebranding of assets, authentic revitalization, and the adaptive reuse of buildings around the country. In addition, this will comprise full building and portfolio support of BOMA, sustainability/LEED/WELL solutions, tenant fit out strategies and solutions, amenities, and comprehensive value add opportunities. Pandya, as a National Practice Leader of Asset Strategy, will champion this relaunch, helping to further NELSON Worldwide’s mission of transforming environments that drive social equity, interaction, and engagement.

“Haril is a great fit for the Boston team – we’re excited for what’s to come under his leadership role and the firm’s expanding presence within the Northeast region,” said chairman and chief executive officer of NELSON Worldwide, John “Ozzie” Nelson Jr. “Haril’s sustainable design approach combined with his passion for adaptive reuse, repositioning and ground up value add projects that are thoughtfully designed will drive the firm’s asset strategy portfolio.”

This tactical move will create a foundation for continued and future growth for NELSON’s Asset Strategy Practice within Boston and across the nation. Bringing over 25 years of leadership, business development, and award winning design excellence, Pandya will offer a fresh and new approach and perspective to building repositioning, client relationships, and branded strategy. In his new role, Pandya will continue to strengthen relationships with building owners, developers, brokers, and tenants to transform Boston’s skyline and landscape through mixed-use, residential, workplace, retail, lab, and hospitality projects.

“NELSON Worldwide has always appealed to me because of their holistic approach to design and architecture through the reuse of buildings,” comments Pandya. “This adds a layer of authenticity and I am looking forward to working with NELSON at a national level, lifting and complementing the firm’s strategy and design excellence in order to help inspire projects that are transformative for their local communities.”

Previously, Pandya held the position of principal and director of asset strategy and repositioning at CBT Architects, a design firm in Boston. In his 16 years with the firm, he oversaw several significant ground up, repositioning, and adaptive reuse projects such as 1 Post Office Square, 225 Franklin Street, Post at 200 Smith, 99 Summer Street, Center Plaza, Schrafft’s City Center, and 28 State Street to name a few of the almost 100 transformative projects he has lead nationally. His client list has been broad, and has included Blackstone Group, Shorenstein, Rockpoint, The Davis Companies, Synergy Investments, Anchorline Properties, Heitman Group, and Flatley Companies among many others.

Pandya applies a broad spectrum of industry experience to each project, leveraging innovative insights on the built practice area as well as design thinking, to deliver enterprise value for clients. Consequently, he is a trusted leader who is passionate about adaptive reuse and bettering the communities he serves. “NELSON Worldwide’s greatest asset is their people, so I’m really looking forward to assisting in leading an outstanding group to success,” said Pandya. “My goal is to partner with clients and provide them with insight, expertise, and design excellence  by collaborating with my fellow national leaders in their multiple practice areas bringing our clients the best possible design solution on a local, regional, and national scale.”

Pandya was recently elevated to FAIA – a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), the highest recognition for an architect for progressing the field of architecture. Additionally, he was one of eight recipients of the AIA Young Architects Awards, and has been recognized by Building Design + Construction as a top “40 Under 40.” Currently, Pandya is on the board of directors of the Boston Center for the Arts, The BSA Foundation Board, the AIA Government Affairs Committee, and the NAIOP Gavel Board. Pandya received his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a thought leader, innovator, speaker, moderator, TEDx presenter, writer/columnist and blogger, not to mention a guitarist in a cover band and independent filmmaker in his spare time.