Praful M Kulkarni, AIA, DBIA, Ph.D. (HC)

Principal, Integrated Services Director

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Praful [prūh-full] has dedicated his career to sparking change within the AEC industry. As a young architect, he recognized the fragmented nature of traditional design and construction and the inefficiencies that came with it. He founded his own integrated firm in response—gkkworks—to unite design excellence and construction innovation. In 2018, gkkworks merged with CannonDesign, strengthening one of the most progressive integrated design firms in the world.

Praful is a champion for single-source collaborative design and delivery methods that help ensure certainty in project cost, schedule and quality outcomes. He has a pulse on the latest innovations within the industry— specifically, he is a tireless advocate for progressive design-build and its ability to foster heightened levels of collaboration across owners, designers and builders.

A few clients and collaborators

  • County of Los Angeles
  • Adventist Health System
  • Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
  • Los Angeles International Airport


  • Design-build projects with an emphasis on progressive design-build delivery
  • Integration of modular design and prefabrication into high-quality projects
  • Advocacy of job order contracting management tools for clients


  • Sitting on the Board of Directors for the 16,000-member Construction Management Association of America
  • Being the 2017 national chair of the Design-Build Institute of America
  • Co-leading CannonDesign’s Prism employee resource group—a group focused on amplifying the voices of employees of color
  • Designing his family home