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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



American Institute of Architects

College of Fellows Class of 2019

Award of Distinguished Achievement, Virginia Chapter 2018

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

2012 Award of Recognition For service on the Rosslyn Renaissance Board of Directors

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

1993 Award of Excellence in Architecture for Young Architects and Interns The American Institute of Architects, Northern Virginia Chapter

1986 Professor Claude Bately Memorial Fund Prize for Outstanding Performance in Design The Indian Institute of Architects

1985 Professor Jehangir C. Shroff Gold Medal University of Bombay

1985 Professor V.S. Gore Gold Medal University of Bombay

1985 Professor C.M. Master Memorial Prize University of Bombay


“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

Manoj Dalaya FAIA leads the creation of projects that foster connections between people and their environment, enhancing a sense of relationship to – and membership in – a meaningful community. Across national borders, industries, interest groups, and design styles, Dalaya’s projects are not only resource efficient, they also enhance the well-being and productivity of those who live and work in and around the built environment.

Dalaya’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 leadership inspires 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.

Among numerous awards for individual projects throughout his career, he was also recognized in 2018 by AIA Virginia with the Distinguished Achievement Award.

In addition to his leadership as Principal at KGD Architecture, Dalaya serves on the AIA Northern Virginia Chapter Executive Committee and chairs the design awards committee. He lends his architectural and real estate expertise to several Washington, DC, metropolitan area urban development committees and to architecture and real estate students at local universities.

Dalaya graduated with the highest honors with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Bombay and received a Master of Architecture from Miami University and a Master of Business Administration from George Mason University. He is a registered architect in Washington, DC, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, and Florida, and 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.”

Select Experience

Aerospace Corporation, East Coast Corporate Campus | Chantilly, VA

American Manufacturing Association | McLean, VA

AstraZeneca MedImmune Campus | Gaithersburg, MD

Crystal City Gateway | Arlington, VA

Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) Headquarters, Mark Center Consolidation | Alexandria, VA

Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), Potomac Yard Master Plan | Alexandria, VA

Integrity Applications Incorporated (IAI) Headquarters | Chantilly, VA

La Plata Town Hall | La Plata, MD

National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation Headquarters | Dulles, VA

North Royal Street Residences | Alexandria, VA

One Tysons East | Tysons Corner, VA

Transurban Operations Center | Alexandria, VA

ZOSO Residential | Clarendon, VA

2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard | Rockville, MD

7001 Arlington Rd | Bethesda, MD

Fairfax County, Lower Potomac Pollution Control Plant | Fairfax, VA*

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority | Alexandria, VA*

National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) | Chantilly, VA*

National Science Foundation at Stafford Place | Arlington, VA

South County Center | Fairfax, VA*

TASC (Northrop Grumman) | Chantilly, VA*

*While employed with previous firm.

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