Manoj Dalaya




Master of Architecture, Miami University

Master of Business Administration, George Mason University

Studies in Urban Design, Pratt Institute

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Bombay



Architect Licensed to Practice in the States of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Florida and the District of Columbia

Certified Construction Specifier (CCS), Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA), Construction Specifications Institute

American Institute of Certified Planners, AICP

LEED® Accredited Professional BD+C, USGBC



  • American Institute of Architects



7001 Arlington Road
2016 AIA Virginia Award of Merit
2015 NAIOP DC|MD Award of Excellence

The Visitors Center
2016 AIA Northern Virginia Award of Merit

Aerospace Corporation East Coast Campus
2014 Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards
2014 WBC Craftsmanship Award
2013 NAIOP Northern Virginia Award of Merit

Transurban Operations Center
2013 AIA Northern Virginia Jurors’ Special Citation
2013 Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards, Merit Award
2011 NAIOP Northern Virginia Award of Excellence

2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard
2010 IIDA Special Merit Award
2009 Peerless Rockville Honors “Green” Design + Construction
2009 NAIOP DC|MD Award of Excellence Best Suburban Office
2009 NAIOP DC|MD Award of Excellence Best Green Building
2008 Illumination Awards

“Designing for Wellness”
MED|Ed Facilities Conference
April 5, 2017

“Sustainable Development and Design Management”
George Mason University Master’s in Real Estate Program
March 14, 2016

Principal Manoj Dalaya joined Ben Kishimoto and Chris Gordon to form Kishimoto.Gordon.Dalaya PC (KGD Architecture) in 2003. Manoj creates future-oriented facilities that address complex national security issues and advanced technological challenges for critical missions. His environmental engagement and collaborative leadership inspire clients worldwide to embrace resiliency, innovation, and artistry in projects that range from master plans for mixed use developments and corporate campuses, new office and multi-family residential building, adaptive reuse, and corporate interiors projects.

Manoj’s approach is rooted in the belief that while logic and planning can serve as the foundation for collaboration in the design process, artistic intention is essential for delivering a distinctive project. His passion for art and design add to the creative dialogue at KGD Architecture. Manoj inspires decision-makers to consider resiliency by integrating light and nature into structures with security concerns and complex program requirements that can result in facilities that feel fortified, colorless, and disengaged from the occupants.

Manoj’s projects have received numerous design awards. The East Coast Headquarters for the Aerospace Corporation and the Transurban Operations Center received recognition from Fairfax County’s Exceptional Design Awards program. Across national borders, across industries, across interest groups, and across design styles, Manoj champions innovation, collaboration, and environmental stewardship to enhance the security, well-being, and productivity of those who live and work in and around the built environment.

Manoj graduated with the highest of honors from Sir JJ College of Architecture in Mumbai, India. He studied urban design at the Pratt Institute in New York City and received a Master of Architecture from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. The Indian Institute of Architects awarded Manoj with the Professor Claude Bately Memorial Fund Prize, and he received the Excellence in Architecture award from the Young Architects Forum, AIA Northern Virginia Chapter. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from George Mason University. He is a registered architect in Washington, DC, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Florida, and he is a member of the American Institute of Architects and American Institute of Certified Planners.

“The architect should include all stakeholders in the design process, then seek and interpret their wishes and desires to the fullest extent. A successful project reconciles the program and context to create powerful, distinctive and relevant architecture.”

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