Manoj H Rathod is the founding principal & design director of HAO Architects, prior to founding the design studio, Manoj H Rathod was Lead Design Manager & Head of Indian operation at ArchGroup International in Dubai & India. Since joining ArchGroup international in 1998 for 15.5 years, he had been an integral participant in the design & development of number of significant & prestigious projects in middle east & Indian sub-continent. His innovative & versatile designs helped strengthen the practice & have won many international awards.

His works experience covers most of the building typology from master planned communities, super tall buildings, individual houses, work spaces, institutional, hotels, resorts, etc. , his most recent project for emirates airlines, 86 storey, 1628 room, 5 star rated “JW Marriot – Marquis, Dubai” is rated “the tallest hotel in the world” (source -
Manoj H Rathod’s 15 years of experience include more than 150 completed projects. His ability to understand all technical aspect of the project is an asset to organization. Many landmark projects are credited in his name including
2,200,000 sf “Emirates Airlines Headquarters”, an airline headquarter building, predominantly an office building which included a crew terminal (mini airport terminal) & an integrated metro station.

4,250,000 sf “Zabeel Corporate Park”, a mixed use development of premium offices, 5 star hotel & b2b mall.
1,500,000 sf & 900,000 sf “Marinascape & Bayside residences”, award winning premium residential development in Dubai marina.

AED 13 billion Master Planned Residential community called “Emirates Tourism Village” by Emirates Airlines, mainly for airline staff comprising of independent & attached villas, apartments & amenities like shopping, schools, community centers etc.

$ 10 billion, one of the most ambitious Master planned community in Erbil, Iraq. Comprising of 59 tower buildings, the Mixed use development has residences, offices, shopping Mall, amenities like nurseries, clinic etc. and the most important element is “Marriott Erbil Hotel, Marriott Executive Apartments & Marriott Branded Sale Apartment”
Few of the Un-built projects also include project like a 90 storey “Salam Tower” a mixed used project comprising of offices, hotel & residential apartments. 120 storey 5 star “hotel tower “at City of Arabia.

Before coming to Dubai in 1998, Manoj H Rathod worked as Architect for P.G.Patki Associates in Mumbai. Directly working under the guidance of his mentor Mr. P.G.Patki, during the period his experience include project like “Hyatt Regency, Katmandu”, “ Amar villa’s, Agra”, “ refurbishment of Oberoi Mumbai & Kolkata” & “Kokilaben Ambani Hospital, Mumbai