Omar Toro-Vaca

senior vice president
real estate

Omar Toro-Vaca: senior vice president real estateAs Senior Vice President, Real Estate, Omar Toro-Vaca manages a portfolio of large and small clients – both commercial and institutional – with diverse needs related to advancing real estate development projects and developing long-term community engagement strategies. He leads a team with experience that spans complicated zoning, planning, and preservation matters; communications; economic development; and housing; and deep knowledge of New York City and State agencies and regulations that govern land use and construction.

As a trained architect, Omar Toro-Vaca brings years of experience on master plan projects and specializes on particularly complex land entitlement projects that require often simultaneous discretionary approvals at both the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and the City Planning Commission, or and the Board of Standards and Appeals.

Omar joined Kasirer after returning to New York City from San Francisco, where he served as a Principal at Assembly Design Studio and before that as an Associate Principal at SHoP Architects. At ShoP he led the public approvals strategy for Uber’s ground-up headquarters in San Francisco’s Mission Bay district, engaging with local community groups, the city’s planning department, City Hall, and the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII) to secure two planning variances focused on improving the buildings’ contributions to the public realm; and led the process of navigating highly restrictive codes to ensure the approval of San Francisco’s first naturally ventilated, mixed-mode office building to be approved under the state of California’s Building Energy Efficiency Program, Title 24.

Omar has also overseen public approvals associated with international projects in Melbourne, Mexico City, and Tijuana, and his early work on the new US Embassy in Jakarta (for Davis Brody Bond) contributed to the successful merger of five contiguous parcels for the expansion of the embassy campus near Merdeka Square.

Omar Toro-Vaca is a resident of Brooklyn and a graduate of the Pratt Institute School of Architecture and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.