40 Under 40

January 01, 2007 |

An avocado rancher, an Ironman triathlete, a star college quarterback, and a semi-retired mountain guide are among the 40 brightest stars in the AEC universe—and they're all under age 40.

They and 36 others have been chosen by the editors of Building Design+Construction from among 244 outstanding entrants in our second annual “40 Under 40” competition.

All 40 excel in their professional roles as architects, engineers, contractors, designers, and AEC business developers, while giving back to their communities and professional societies.

And somehow these remarkable young professionals still find time off the clock to expand their horizons.

To meet the next generation of leadership in the AEC industry, please turn the page.

Christopher O'Hara, 33
Principal
Studio NYL, Boulder, Colo.
PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS PE
EDUCATION

BS CE, University of Notre Dame

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Co-founded structural engineering firm in 2003.

Specializes in structural glass and tension structures; also experienced in conventional structures, façade and structural glazing projects, theatrical rigging, and amusement park rides.

Collaborates with top design firms, including Studio Daniel Libeskind, Rafael Viñoly Architects, and Studio/Gang.

Currently engineering glass sidewalks and exterior staircases.

EXTRACURRICULAR
Guest lecturer, architecture and engineering studios, Colorado University at Boulder and Denver.

Presented design workshops on structural glass and other engineering systems for the AIA 10x10 lecture series.

Following 9/11, worked with Structural Engineers Association of New York to assess structures at Ground Zero.

OFF THE CLOCK
He and his wife Elizabeth are expecting their first child in March.
Most exciting trip: Tikal, Guatemala.
Cooks to relax. Favorite dish: salmon with a pink cream sauce.

Secret life: Met his wife in college, asked her for a date a decade later.

Jeffrey A. Gouveia, 37EVP and general managerSuffolk Construction Company Inc.BostonEDUCATION
BS, Fordham UniversityACCOMPLISHMENTS
Oversees “Group 1,” firm's largest division, with annual revenues of $50 million and some of the firm's biggest projects in the residential, hospitality, and commercial sectors.
Established the firm's Florida division; spent eight years making the firm Southeast Florida's largest general contractor.
Worked at family's concrete business for two years after college until personally recruited by Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish.RECENT PROJECTS
$38 million Boston Opera House restoration
Six-star Mandarin Oriental Boston
28-story Archstone Boston Common apartment towerEXTRACURRICULAR
Led firm's efforts to revitalize an East Boston neighborhood for hometown edition of ABC's “Extreme Makeover” television show.OFF THE CLOCK
Utilizing his construction background to help his community renovate its 100-year-old Milton (Mass.) Library.
Favorite book: The Giving Tree , by Shel Silverstein.

Secret life: Master of totally useless '80s trivia.

Leigh Stringer, 35
VP and advance strategies practice leader
HOK, Washington, D.C.

EDUCATION

BArch, MArch, MBA, Washington University in St. Louis

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Mid-Atlantic leader for workplace strategy and facility planning.

Increased D.C. office sales by 300% and project profits by 50%.

Heavily involved in WorkPlace 2020, the GSA's workplace strategies and processes initiative.

Lead facility planner on the U.S. Capitol Complex Master Plan; lead programmer on GSA's central office headquarters relocation and the Department of Homeland Security Program of Requirements.

European and Middle East work focused on planning, design, and project management for higher education, corporate, institutional, and private-sector projects.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Faculty member, CoreNet Global Learning.

Frequent guest lecturer and recognized workplace strategist.

OFF THE CLOCK

Runs online dating service (www.ActForLove.com) with her husband, whom she met online. A portion of the site's proceeds goes to activist causes and charities.

This workplace strategist's favorite movie: “Office Space.”

Secret life: Related to Pocahontas on both sides of her family.

Frank Hayes, 39
VP, Institutional Group
Shawmut Design and Construction, Boston

EDUCATION

Certificate, Executive Education Program, Harvard Business School

AD CE, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Manages $200 million, 153-person division that accounts for approximately one-third of firm's revenue.

Named chief of operations at Harvard Business School at 35. Responsible for the school's capital construction projects, as well as the school's facility maintenance, food service, and general operations.

Executed Harvard Business School's $175 million master plan, which added an executive education center, student center, and classroom building, along with numerous building renovations.

RECENT PROJECTS

New College Theatre, Harvard University, Boston

Sculpture Building, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

OFF THE CLOCK

Relaxes by taking his 23-foot boat out on Lake Sunapee in N.H.

Favorite book: Leadership Is an Art, by Max Dupree.

Favorite music: Irish Gaelic Clannad.

Volunteers with several community organizations, as well as with his church.

Secret life : Grew up in a family of 13 children.

Tracy Tafoya, 37
Principal, Interior Design
OZ Architecture, Denver

EDUCATION

BS, Colorado State University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Involved in firm's leadership and management, assuming COO responsibilities; currently a rotating board member.

Divides time between project design and studio management and the management of human resources, facilities, and professional development.

Interior design expertise focused on office, education, and multifamily markets, including numerous historic and adaptive re-use projects.

RECENT PROJECTS

Welton Place, in line to be Denver's first LEED multifamily project.

University of Colorado molecular cellular developmental biology building, Boulder.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Developed “OZ University,” the firm's professional development program.

Teaches internal LEED preparatory classes.

Implemented “Greening of OZ” programs, including bike rack installation, car pooling, and wind-energy purchasing.

OFF THE CLOCK

Favorite read: The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.

An avid skier, her sights are set on tackling her first double black diamond-rated trail.

Volunteers for several community service organizations.

Secret life: Does one-handed cartwheels.

Mark C. Waggoner, 31
Senior associate
Walter P Moore, Austin, Texas

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS PE

EDUCATION

MS SE University of Texas, Austin

BS CE, Washington University in St. Louis

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Key structural engineer for firm's most significant projects, including four NFL stadiums with retractable roofs.

Founding member of firm's Research and Development Group. Guided development of first vibration performance criteria for structurally framed playing fields.

Conducts peer reviews and structural studies for firm's pro stadium projects.

RECENT PROJECTS

Reliant Stadium, Houston

Arizona Cardinal's University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Received firm's 2006 Javier F. Horvilleur Outstanding Young Engineer Award.

President, Structural Engineers Association of Texas, Austin, 2006-07.

Control group member, Progressive Collapse Committee, ASCE Structural Engineering Institute.

OFF THE CLOCK

Toured Europe as Structural Engineering Fellow on a Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Foundation award.

Can't live without an 11-win season by the University of Texas Longhorns.

Secret life: Played Division III NCAA tennis at Washington University.

Michael Jansen, 37
President, CEO
Satellier LLC, Chicago

EDUCATION

MPhil Architecture, University of Cambridge

BArch, Yale University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

In 1999, founded Chicago-headquartered outsourcing design studio in New Delhi, India. The 200-person firm projects a 75% annual growth rate for the next five years.

Secured business from 14 of the world's top 30 AEC firms. Support services include architecture, interior design, BIM, 3-D visualization, structural engineering, and MEP engineering.

Under his leadership, the firm has completed more than 2,000 international projects, including skyscrapers, airline terminals, healthcare facilities, hotels, education facilities, and high-end condominiums.

Planning the firm's 2007 expansion within the U.S. and into China.

OFF THE CLOCK

Studied Chinese landscape painting and calligraphy at the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts, China.

Designs high-end furniture, which has been exhibited at London's Victoria and Albert Hall.

Favorite read:The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property , by Lewis Hyde.

Has traveled to more than 70 countries.

Secret life: Can play six different kinds of guitar.

Christopher Russo, 38
VP, Design & Construction
National Basketball Association, New York, N.Y.

EDUCATION

BS CM, Syracuse University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Manages NBA's design and construction projects. Liaison between NBA teams, architects, developers, and contractors on sports arena development.

Manages facility operations department; responsible for NBA's global offices and its broadcast and production facilities.

Created NBA's Arena Facility Standards.

Oversaw design and construction of the NBA Store in New York and the NBA City restaurant at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla.

Instrumental in reopening the New Orleans Arena following Hurricane Katrina.

RECENT PROJECTS

Bobcats Arena, Charlotte, N.C.

FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tenn.

Toyota Center, Houston

EXTRACURRICULAR

Recipient, World Trade Center Award for Exceptional Service from the Port Authority of N.Y. and N.J., for reconstruction work on the World Trade Center following the 1993 terrorist bombing.

OFF THE CLOCK

Activities: mountain biking, photography, woodworking, and astronomy.

Prepares Italian Sunday dinners using family recipes for sauce and meatballs.

Secret life: Rode a luge down the Great Wall of China.

Gregory A. Mella, 37
Principal
SmithGroup, Washington, D.C.

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

AIA, LEED AP

EDUCATION

MArch, Catholic University

BA, Colgate University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Leads firm's Washington, D.C., sustainable design practice.

Helped environmental task force successfully advocate a sustainable design for the Washington Nationals' new stadium.

Authored the Sustainable Design Guidelines for the University of Connecticut, Storrs, which will guide the school's $1.3 billion building campaign.

RECENT PROJECTS

Clemson University's Sandhill Research and Education Center, Pontiac, S.C. Targeting LEED Platinum.

James Lee Sorenson Language and Communications Center, Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. Targeting LEED Platinum.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Co-chair, The Architecture of Sustainability conference co-sponsored by the AIA Committee on Design and the AIA Committee on the Environment.
Adjunct Advisor Group member, AIA Committee on the Environment

OFF THE CLOCK
Motivation: karma and the belief we're all the sum of our actions.

Secret life: Cooks Indian, Chinese, and Thai cuisines.

Abby Vogen Horn, 37Senior project manager, commercial programsEnergy Center of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.EDUCATION
BA, Lawrence UniversityACCOMPLISHMENTS
Manages nonresidential and new construction efforts. Responsible for program design; technical resources; and national outreach on daylighting, green building, and energy efficiency.
Program manager for “Focus on Energy,” a three-year new construction program with a $1.1 million annual budget.
Helped create the Daylighting Collaborative; continues to support and promote the organization's work.EXTRACURRICULAR
Sits on state's commercial energy code committee; provides legislative testimony.
Frequently speaks and writes on daylighting, energy efficiency, and sustainable building.
Board member, Wisconsin Green Building Alliance and AIA WisconsinOFF THE CLOCK
She and husband Ed are expecting their first child in July.
Member of the National Ski Patrol; volunteer ski instructor at the Highlands of Olympia in Oconomowoc, Wis.
Rides a Ducati Monster Dark 620ie.
Can fall sleep anywhere; has bunked in her pickup at conferences to save on business expenses.

Secret life: Grandfather, Edward Johnston, invented the ready-made pie crust.

Vimal H. Parikh, 38
VP and principal
Ingenium Inc., Houston

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

PE, SE, LEED AP

EDUCATION

MS CE, Rice University

MTech CE, Indian Institute of Technology

BE CE, Maharaja Sayajirao University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Co-founded structural engineering firm Ingenium in 2002.

Total career portfolio includes projects valued at more than $1 billion and totaling more than 10 million sf.

Developed original software programs to simplify concrete and steel structural system designs. The programs have reduced project man-hours by 90%.

RECENT PROJECTS

Steel structure for Cesar Pelli-designed Cira Centre, Philadelphia.

Glass support structure for Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Authored several articles on engineering practices and trends for highly active seismic regions.

Member: Structural Engineering Institute, American Institute of Steel Construction, American Concrete Institute, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

OFF THE CLOCK

Member of his temple's Board of Trustees, championing educational and senior citizen programs.

Secret life: Plays cricket.

Peter T. Belisle II, 39
President
Jones Lang LaSalle, Los Angeles

EDUCATION

BS CE, MBA, UCLA

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Leads 850-person Project and Development Services group for the Americas. Manages $5 billion in project volume; grew revenue by 33% in 2006.

Responsible for client management, fiscal performance, and strategic leadership for all U.S. initiatives; helps coordinate worldwide activities with Asia-Pacific and European regions.

Oversaw division's expansion into specialty areas such as healthcare, hospitality, stadiums, and mixed-use properties.

Helped develop multi-site project management system, which opened new revenue opportunities for the firm.

RECENT PROJECTS

Orange Bowl, Miami

Madison Square Garden, New York

High Museum of Art, Atlanta

OFF THE CLOCK

Member of Velo Club La Grange Westwood, one of Southern California's largest and oldest cycling clubs.

Organized two Jones Lang LaSalle cycling teams for the mountain bike race “24 Hours of Adrenaline.”

Favorite book: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't , by Jim Collins.

Secret life: Bikes 100 to 140 miles per week.

D. Reid Middlebrooks, 31
Principal consultant
Apollo BBC, Bellaire, Texas

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

PE, LEED AP

EDUCATION

BS ME, University of Texas

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Founding member, shareholder, and the engineering consulting firm's principal consultant.

Manages the Building Commissioning Group—one of the firm's most successful divisions.

Technical expert in mechanical engineering, HVAC evaluation and design, and IAQ evaluation and improvement.

Leading forensic engineer; experienced in diagnosing and resolving construction and operations issues. Provides expert litigation support.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Board of Directors, USGBC Greater Houston Chapter.

Member, Events Committee, USGBC North Texas Chapter, Dallas.

Member, USGBC Central Texas Balcones Chapter, Austin and San Antonio.

OFF THE CLOCK

Spent a week in post-Katrina New Orleans with the National Historic Trust canvassing neighborhoods and helping homeowners remediate flooded homes.

BBQ is a religion in Texas, and he's a devout follower who enjoys grilling thick steaks with a spicy marinade.

Secret life: Family's 195-pound watermelon held the Guinness World Record for 44 years.

William B. Kussro, 38
Director of structural and civilengineering
Giffels Inc., Southfield, Mich.

PROFESSIONAL CREDITIALS

PE, SE, CCS, LEED AP

EDUCATION

BS, MS CE, Michigan State University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Manages 30-person department of structural and civil engineers and CAD designers working on industrial and commercial projects.

Involved in firm's marketing, project estimating, staffing, and management efforts.

Structural engineer on Ford's new Dearborn (Mich.) Truck Plant, which has a 10-acre green roof—the world's largest.

Designed innovative composite structure with staggered steel trusses for $275 million MotorCity Casino complex, Detroit.

Delivers frequent in-house presentations on emerging technologies, new materials, and building code updates.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Licensed engineer in 42 states.

Member, NCSEA Code Advisory Committee on General Building Materials and Loads.

OFF THE CLOCK

Family time: boating on Michigan's Lake Leelanau.

Watches ESPN, considers SportsCenter the greatest television show ever.

Favorite book: The Shining , by Stephen King.

Favorite movie: “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

Secret life: Slalom water skis.

J. Brent Hughes, 30
Project architect
Gresham Smith and Partners
Nashville, Tenn.

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

AIA

EDUCATION

BArch, University of Tennessee

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Recognized as a leading healthcare designer focused on patient safety.

Project architect for St. Joseph's Community Hospital, West Bend, Wis., a showcase facility designed with innovative patient safety concepts. Design won the 2005 Top Ten Award: Most Innovative Facilities in Healthcare from the Center for Innovation in Health Facilities.

Helped create new hire orientation program for architects entering firm's healthcare studio.

RECENT PROJECTS

Doctors Memorial Hospital, Bonifay, Fla.

Amery Regional Medical Center, Amery, Wis., a LEED-registered project.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Mentors high school students interested in architecture, construction, and engineering.

OFF THE CLOCK
Favorite read:The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger.

Considers his seven-year-old niece his hero because her thoughts and artwork reflect limitless creativity.

Volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.

Secret life: Cornerback for architectural flag football team The Arch Enemies.

Albert Bicol, 37
Associate partner
Cobalt Engineering
Vancouver, B.C.

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

PEng, LEED AP

EDUCATION

BS ME, University of Manitoba

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Named associate partner within 18 months, making him one of Canada's youngest engineering firm partners.

Oversees the firm's U.S. business, successfully doubled its market share.

Credited with securing new work and new clients for nontraditional engineering services.

Spearheading firm's energy and thermal comfort modeling efforts.

Promotes sustainable concepts and champions Net Zero energy/greenhouse gas design.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Performs USGBC reviews of projects applying for LEED; also reviews projects applying for Canada Green Building Council certification.

Winner: Acknowledgement Award from the Holcim Foundation for Langara College library.

OFF THE CLOCK

Favorite read: How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life , by the Dalai Lama.

Top getaway: Northern Manitoba, Canada, where he has seen the Northern Lights and wild polar bears.

Secret life: Can navigate anywhere in the world without using a map.

Aaron D. Gillmore, 34
VP, Development
Actus Lend Lease, Nashville, Tenn.

EDUCATION

MS EE, University of California, Berkeley

BS CE, California Polytechnic State University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Senior developer, team leader for 20 of the firm's military residential master planned developments. Combined construction value: $2 billion.

Led firm's business development efforts on $340 million, 1,564 residential units at Los Angeles AFB and Peterson and Schriever AFBs, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Directed business development and deal structuring team for $310 million development for 2,065 units at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Ariz., and at Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, N.M.

Key member on firm's $2.3 billion, 10-year plan for 7,900 units on Hawaii's Oahu island, the government's largest privatization project.

EXTRACURRICULAR

1993-1999, U.S. Navy, Civil Engineer Corps Officer.

OFF THE CLOCK

Favorite book: A Brief History of Time , by Stephen Hawking.

Ideal vacation: body surfing with his three children at Bellows Air Force Station Beach, Oahu, Hawaii.

Enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, running, football, and basketball.

Secret life: Moved five times in the last seven years.

David P. Callan, 31
VP and director of sustainable design and high-performance building technology
Syska Hennessy Group, Chicago

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

PE, CEM, LEED AP

EDUCATION

MS CE, Illinois Institute of Technology

BS AE, Drexel University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Youngest principal at the 650-person firm.

Responsible for design and analysis of high-performance mechanical and electrical building systems.

Relocated to Chicago in 2006 to open the firm's “Center of Excellence,” which focuses on high-performance building technology.

Responsible for projects totaling $1.1 billion in construction value during his decade with the firm.

Recently helped land a major $700 million sustainable healthcare project.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Wrote the GSA's Facility Standards PBS P100 mechanical engineering chapter, 2005 edition.

GSA Design Excellence national peer reviewer.

OFF THE CLOCK

Favorite book: The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand.

Used to perform in a folk group with his parents and twin brother. Currently plays guitar in several Irish music groups.

Secret life: Member of the Polar Bear Club, the famous bathers who take a frigid dip every New Year's Day.

Kenneth Osmun, 38
President
Wight Construction, Darien, Ill.

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

PE, DBIA

EDUCATION

BS ME, Oakland University

Navy Civil Engineering Corps Officer School

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Promoted to group president within seven years. Helped the firm achieve a 10-fold increase in construction volume over the last seven years.

Leading design-build advocate, winning the firm several awards from the Design-Build Institute of America. Frequently speaks on the topic with students in Northwestern University's project management graduate program.

Retired military officer, having served 10 years in the Navy. Oversaw program goals, budget, master schedules, and procurement plan for the $250 million Base Realignment and Construction (BRAC) program at the Great Lakes (Ill.) Naval Training Center. Led the project's largest individual project: $63 million Bachelors Enlisted Quarters, the Navy's first design-build project.

OFF THE CLOCK

Served in Operation Desert Storm.

Enjoys watches Saturday morning cartoons with his two children.

Avid swimmer, bicyclist, and runner.

Secret life: Completed the Madison, Wis., Ironman Triathlon, finishing 170th out of 2,439 elite athletes.

Sissy Nikolaou, 37
Associate, director of geo-seismic department
Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers New York, N.Y.

PROFESSIONAL CREDITIALS

PE

EDUCATION

MS, PhD, State University of New York, Buffalo

Diploma SE, National Technical University, Athens, Greece

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Department director and project manager for projects exceeding $1 million.

Expanded firm's services to include seismic investigations and site-specific analysis.

Developed methodology for evaluating liquefaction susceptibility for NYC School Construction Authority; recommendations adopted by NYC Building Department's Seismic Committee.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Won the Prakash Prize for Excellence in Practice of Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, 2004.

Primary editor for Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering: Practical Aspects, currently under development.

Involved in post-9/11 recovery efforts, evaluating slurry wall stability.

OFF THE CLOCK

Favorite book: Freedom or Death, by Nicos Kazantzakis.

Favorite food: red mullet with lemon.

Secret life: Loves the movie soundtrack for “Don Juan DeMarco.”

Michael D. Williams, 36
President
Liquid Design, Charlotte, N.C.

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

AIA, LEED AP

EDUCATION

BArch, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Co-founded boutique firm Liquid Design in 2000. Portfolio includes public- and private-sector work ranging from interior design and space planning to building design and project management.
Pursues unusual and challenging projects, including Charlotte's first modern/minimalist multifamily development.
Lead architect and master planner for the $32 million U.S. National Whitewater Center, a 312-acre recreation and training complex with 12-million-gallon man-made rapids and a 20,000-sf mixed-use facility.

RECENT PROJECTS

24-unit Domus Townhomes on the Green, Charlotte, N.C.

Charlotte (N.C.) Rescue Mission long-term master plan
130,000-sf Wesley Chapel Town Village, Wesley Chapel, N.C.

OFF THE CLOCK
Enjoys kayaking and mountain biking.
Campfires with family and friends include Olympian kayaker Scott Shipley, who regales the group with stories of near-death experiences.
Favorite read: The Pillars of the Earth , by Ken Follett.

Secret life: Recently climbed famed Smith Rock in Terrebonne, Ore.

Carolyn S. Ferguson, 39PresidentThe Lentz Group, HoustonPROFESSIONAL CREDITIALS
FSMPS, CPSMEDUCATION
BA, Texas Tech UniversityACCOMPLISHMENTS
Leads seven-person, $1 million marketing firm focused on AEC clients. Serves as the firm's creative director, project manager, and marketer.
Project work includes newsletters, corporate brochures, corporate identities, Web site design, direct mail campaigns, and special marketing materials.
Created 52-page architecture firm brochure that won “Best of Show” at the 2006 SMPS National Marketing Communications Awards.EXTRACURRICULAR
Board of directors, chapter delegate, Society for Marketing Professional Services.
Named SMPS Fellow, 2005, the youngest person to earn the designation.
Garnered 40 regional and nation design awards.
Frequent speaker at industry events.OFF THE CLOCK
Favorite book: Pride and Prejudice , by Jane Austen.
Favorite movie: “Love Actually.”
Family's Jackalope, a mythical creature that's part jackrabbit part antelope, is secretly passed around and hidden within family members' homes.
Dabbles in interior decorating

Secret life: Won the 1989 Toga Queen pageant at Texas Tech University.

Darryl G. Rogers, 39
Principal
Rogers Krajnak Architects Inc.
Columbus, Ohio

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

AIA

EDUCATION

BArch, The Ohio State University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Entered private practice in 2000; in 2001 merged his private practice with another to create Rogers Krajnak Architects. Firm's focus: religious, education, healthcare, corporate, and residential projects.

Established RKA Mentoring Program, giving the firm's staff an opportunity to learn from its four architects through discussions, workshops, and team presentations. Won the 2006 AIA Award of Excellence in Professional Continuing Education.

EXTRACURRICULAR

2003 Liturgical Design Honor Award, Interfaith Forum on Religion Art and Architecture.

Guest critic, The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture.

OFF THE CLOCK

Played a round of golf at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland.

Youth soccer coach for Columbus East Soccer Association.

Loves deconstructing and reconstructing the 1920s home he shares with his wife Kim and two children (ages 7 and 11).

Secret life: Can juggle a soccer ball with his feet, thighs, and head for minutes at a time.

Jonathan Massey, 35
VP
Corgan Associates, Dallas

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS AIA

EDUCATION

BArch, MArch, University of Texas, Arlington

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Responsible for developing and delivering firm's U.S. and foreign aviation projects. Previously operated from firm's joint-venture London office leading European and Middle Eastern projects.

Lead consultant, managing 20-person team to create a master plan for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Conducted airport damage assessment immediately following Hurricane Katrina.

Served as firm's sole representative for the aviation competition to design the Royal Airwing Facility for Dubai International Airport, UAE, the hangar for the royal family's six private 747s.

Project manager and lead designer for the competition to design the first Airbus A380-specific Maintenance Base for Dubai International Airport.

Oversaw installation of bomb detection equipment at JKF International Airport immediately following 9/11.

OFF THE CLOCK

Favorite book: Atlas Shrugged , by Ayn Rand.

Favorite food: pizza.

Secret life: Restored a1967 Ford Mustang fastback.

Carla da Costa, 36DirectorTishman Speyer, New York, N.Y.EDUCATION
MS, Polytechnic University
BE, Pratt InstituteACCOMPLISHMENTS
Manages many of the firm's largest projects. Responsibilities include coordinating design teams, negotiating contracts, overseeing day-to-day construction activities, and project completion.
Project manager for the new Yankee Stadium's structural component work valued at more than $100 million.
Helped American Institute of Steel Construction and software companies create BIM construction standards.RECENT PROJECTS
42-story, 856,000-sf Hearst Tower, New York
The Chrysler Center upgrade (including the 1.2-million-sf Chrysler Building), New York
25-story, 375,000-sf 222 East 41st Street, New York

OFF THE CLOCK
Volunteers for several community outreach programs focused on helping teens and young adults.

Enjoys crafts: makes her own party favors, crochets baby blankets.

Favorite book: Fortune Is a Woman , by Elizabeth Adler.

Favorite musical group: Air Supply; their music helped her endure late-night college studying.

Secret life: Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Steven M. Schnur, 32SVPDuke Realty Corporation, ChicagoEDUCATION
BS, MS, Northwestern UniversityACCOMPLISHMENTS
Manages the firm's Chicago office portfolio and 95 associates.
Responsible for land acquisition, development, redevelopment, marketing and leasing, joint ventures, and asset acquisition.
Directed more than $500 million in acquisitions and initiatives, nearly doubling firm's total commercial real estate sf since 2003. Currently oversees 3.3 million sf of commercial real estate valued at $650 million.
Expanded firm's suburban holdings, creating one of Chicago's largest suburban office real estate portfolios.EXTRACURRICULAR
Past president, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.
Board member, Northwestern Gridiron Network; the Athletics Initiative Fund.
Member, Chicago Office Leasing Brokers Association.OFF THE CLOCK
Favorite book: Jack: Straight from the Gut , by Jack Welch and John A. Byrne.
Favorite movie: “Hoosiers.”
Taught his children (ages 4, 2, 1) to cheer for the Northwestern Wildcats (college football) and the Chicago Bears (NFL).

Secret life: QB of the Northwestern Wildcats; played in the 1996 Rose Bowl and the 1997 Citrus Bowl.

Robert Benson, 36
Senior associate
4240 Architecture, Chicago

EDUCATION

MArch, MIT

BS University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Design leader for the firm's Chicago studio. Projects include corporate offices, interiors, churches, public pavilions, urban design, and mixed-used facilities.

Special projects include designing clients' signage, stationery, and Web sites.

Designs in-house marketing collateral and publications.

RECENT PROJECTS

Culver Studios, Albuquerque, N.M.

Shanghai Playboy Club, China

Department of Homeland Security's customs and border patrol facility, Van Horn, Texas.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Adjunct assistant professor, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Co-president, Chicago Architectural Club.

Member, Committee on Architecture, Art Institute of Chicago, 2004-05.

OFF THE CLOCK

Spent the summer of '96 at the Ecole D'art Americaines de Fontainebleau, France.

Wants people to demand the same high performance from architecture that they demand from automobiles.

His hero: Batman, because he relied on intellect rather than super powers.

Secret life: Personal photography was the subject of a solo exhibit at Chicago's TOJO Gallery.

Daniel P. McConaghy, 39
SVP, regional manager
Gilbane, Providence, R.I.

EDUCATION

MBA, Babson College

BA, Harvard University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Oversees day-to-day and strategic operations for New England region.

Responsible for the firm's 10 largest business units and 450 employees.

Grew region's revenues from $590 million to $810 million, accounting for about 25% of firm's total profits and sales.

Oversaw opening of firm's new Boston office and the launch of Special Projects Group in 2004; currently one of the firm's most profitable groups per employee.

Named project manager for New England region at 35, making him the youngest regional manager in firm history.

RECENT PROJECTS

University of Rhode Island dormitories, Kingston, R.I.

GSA Federal Building and Courthouse, Providence, R.I.

Jordan Hospital, Plymouth, Mass.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Developed in-house John J. McCoy Award to recognize employee accomplishments.

OFF THE CLOCK

Plays basketball and golfs as much as possible.

Loves '80s Rock & Roll, especially Tom Petty and Aerosmith.

Credits his wife Jeanine with being a fantastic cook, but claims he makes the best Mac & Cheese.

Secret life: Captain of the 1989 Harvard baseball team.

C. Cannon Reynolds, 36Project manager, architectNiles Bolton Associates, AtlantaPROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS AIAEDUCATION
BS, MArch, Georgia Institute of TechnologyACCOMPLISHMENTS
Manages a team of architects and consulting engineers responsible for projects ranging from $4 million to $60 million.
Expertise: resort, conference, education, religious, performing arts, and recreation projects.
Recognized troubleshooter, having recently guided a troubled, year-long master planning project to winning 87% voter approval at its referendum.
Participates in the firm's business development, marketing, and recruitment.EXTRACURRICULAR
Overhauled and now heads firm's mentoring and intern development programs, increasing new licensees by 400%.
Recruited by AIA Georgia to institute its young architect education programs.
Performs significant pro-bono work.OFF THE CLOCK
Semi-retired mountain guide; climbed extensively in the Teton, Wind River, and Cascade ranges.Alpine skier. His hero: Maverick businessman Yvonne Chouinard, founder of Patagonia Inc., because of his success as a design innovator, visionary, and environmentalist.

Secret life: Met his wife on a blind date; married her exactly one year later.

Jim Nicolow, 38
Director of sustainable development
Lord Aeck & Sargent, Kalamazoo, Mich.

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

AIA, LEED AP

EDUCATION

MArch, BArch, University of Michigan

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Leads sustainable design initiatives and chairs two sustainable design taskforces. Serve as firm-wide resource for all projects incorporating green design.
Secured projects the firm might not otherwise have landed, including Southface Energy's Eco Office, for which he also secured $2 million in product donations.

Grows the firm's technical expertise by making strategic hires; recently brought daylighting analysis and energy modeling capabilities in-house.

Helped develop Labs 21 Energy Performance Criteria, referred to as “LEED for Labs.”

EXTRACURRICULAR
Established “LAS Green Team,” an in-house initiative to research and promote green design. Developed and delivers green training programs; brings in outside speakers for staff development.
Frequent lecturer and conference presenter.OFF THE CLOCK
Known as Mr. Green Jeans.
Water skier in the summer, cross-country skier in the winter.
Favorite author: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.; he appreciates the author's gently cynical outlook on life and his sense of humor.

Secret life: Can walk on his hands.

Michael Squarzini, 36VP, principalThornton Tomasetti, New York, N.Y.PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS PEEDUCATION
MS SE, University of Minnesota
BS CE, Manhattan CollegeACCOMPLISHMENTS
Youngest principal at 500-person engineering and design firm.
Managed design teams for numerous healthcare, commercial, education, and sports projects.
Active in the firm's global management strategies; helps implement formal leadership programs to develop future firm leaders.
Advisor to the firm's Board of Directors Finance Committee.RECENT PROJECTS
$1.02 billion Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.
$90 million Pepsi Center, DenverEXTRACURRICULAR
Has taught senior structural design course at Manhattan College since 1994.
Taught “Design of Large Scale Structures,” Princeton University, 1997-2002.
Secretary, board member, Structural Engineers Association of New York.OFF THE CLOCK
Greatest non-work achievement: raising two well-mannered boys (ages 6 and 9).
Favorite writer: George F. Will, particularly enjoys his book Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball .

Secret life: Lives in Dutchess County, N.Y., the same place he grew up.

Roger W. Lautz, 37
Associate VP, director of mechanical engineering
HGA Architects and Engineers, Milwaukee, Wis.

PROFESSIONAL CREDITIALS PE

EDUCATION

BS ME, University of Wisconsin

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Director of firm's Milwaukee, Wis., mechanical engineering department.

Promoted to associate vice president in 2006, earning ownership stake in the firm.

Personally researched, designed, specified, and commissioned more than 200 projects. Expertise in healthcare projects.

Chairman of the firm's marketing committee, member of the firm's mechanical and engineering council.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Member, WHEA code committee.

Member, Advocacy and Technologies Committee, American Society of Healthcare Engineering.

OFF THE CLOCK

Passionate about hockey, having skated, played, coached, or officiated since age two.

Favorite food: salted cashews or other fancy nuts.

Organized charity event that raised $60,000 to fund defibrillators for Milwaukee-area high schools.

Secret life: Great-grandfather was a chemist who developed dyes for World War I German military uniforms.

F. Michael Ayles, 38
Director of business development
Antinozzi Associates, Stratford, Conn.

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS AIA

EDUCATION

BArch, Roger Williams University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Joined the firm in 1994 as intern architect; promoted six times. Helped double the size of the now 30-person architecture and interior design firm.

Design experience includes banks, offices, schools, and healthcare facilities. Serves as project manager for certain key clients.

Architect liaison for the firm's continuing education programs.

Spearheads the firm's philanthropic and volunteer efforts.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Chair, AIA Young Architects Forum, 2004.

Founded Emerging Architectural Community (EAC) for the state's interns and young architects.

Member, AIA Committee on Leadership Education Advisory Group.

Frequent speaker and guest lecturer.

OFF THE CLOCK

Favorite food: a toss-up between his mother's mac & cheese and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies.

Enjoys a pint of Guinness with good friends at his local Irish pub.

Aiding the Soundview Family capital campaign to raise funds for his community YMCA.

Secret life: Can't live without Hershey's Special Dark chocolate.

Michaella Wright Wittmann, 37
SVP and director, sustainable design services
HDR Architecture, Portland, Ore.

PROFESSIONAL CREDITIALS

LEED AP

EDUCATION

BS Arts, EE, University of San Diego

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Founder and director of firm's sustainble design services group. Work involves more than 20 LEED projects for governmental, institutional, and private clients.

Leads firm's new cross-function initiative to incorporate sustainability into all client services.

Helped land significant $1.3 billion, eight-year contract with the Oregon Department of Transportation.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Advisory board member, Greenguard Environmental Institute.

Helped create the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system.

Participates on firm's long-term strategic planning team.

Frequent speaker and author of numerous articles on sustainable issues.

OFF THE CLOCK

Favorite musician: trumpeter Chris Botti.

Favorite foods: Organic, locally sourced items that support the local economy and sustainable practices; she also thinks they taste better.

Enjoys SCUBA diving, most recently off the island of Bonaire.

Secret life: Climbed Mount St. Helens in summer 2006.

Wes Rimes, 25
Project manager
BE&K, Government Group
Birmingham, Ala.

EDUCATION

Anticipated J.D., fall 2009, Birmingham School of Law

BS CE, University of Alabama

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Promoted to project manager and site supervisor in 2004. Previously interned with the firm during high school; hired as a start-up field engineer upon college graduation.

Second employee hired for firm's newly formed Government Division. Project manager on firm's $15 million Belle Chase, La., Hurricane Katrina relief project.

Manages process improvement projects at the Pine Bluff Chemical Demilitarization Plant, Pine Bluff, Ark., with total aggregate value of $5 million.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Recruit for Inroads, an internship organization that matches minority candidates with positions in corporate America.

Firm representative at the 2006 Diversity Summit, an annual Birmingham event that promotes diversity in companies operating within the community.

OFF THE CLOCK

Ideal vacation: any white sand beach in the Caribbean.

Activities: basketball, golfing, and working out.

Secret life: Can easily unscramble the Rubix Cube.

Edward E. Peck, 38
Principal
AMC Engineers, Anchorage, Alaska

EDUCATION

BS EE, University of Washington

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Firm's youngest principal.

Expertise in electrical system design for commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings, with emphasis on healthcare, laboratory, and school projects.

Provides oversight and project reviews for firm's mid-level engineers. Serves as a mentor to the firm's youngest engineers.

Designed and implemented interactive maintenance program for the $100 million Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) project, Anchorage.

Founded his own consulting firm in 1997 to handle 12-month contract with ANMC.

EXTRACURRICULAR

President-elect, Alaska Society of Healthcare Managers and Engineers.

CSI Certified Document Technologist.

Won 2002 International Illumination Design Award, Regional Award of Merit, Teeland Middle School, Wasilla, Alaska.

OFF THE CLOCK

Favorite activities: date nights with his wife Jody, playing Monopoly with his four children (ages 9, 6, 4, and 18 months).

Summer: camping and fishing; winter: skiing/snowboarding and ice fishing.

Grandfather homesteaded in Alaska working as a railroad telegraph operator.

Secret life: Diagnosed with leukemia at six; accepted into an experimental treatment program that saved his life.

Robert Lavey, 37
Principal
Perkins + Will, Los Angeles

PROFESSIONAL CREDITIALS

AIA, LEED AP

EDUCATION

BArch, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Founding member of firm's California practice.

Helped develop office's K-12 practice. Involved in planning, managing, and designing education projects valued at more than $1 billion.

Named Higher Education Market Sector Leader for the firm's Los Angeles office. Responsible for university and community college projects in California and the Southwest.

RECENT PROJECTS

Patriot High School, Riverside, Calif.

St. Bonaventure Parish School, Concord, Calif.

Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Ore.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Frequent guest lecturer.

Contributed to books Planning and Designing Schools and Daylighting: Performance and Design .

OFF THE CLOCK

Favorite meal: burger, fries, and chocolate milkshake from In-N-Out.

Activities: mountain biking, volleyball, body surfing, and camping.

Artistic pursuits: photography; sketching with pencil, charcoal, and ink.

Secret life: Avocado rancher.

Ryan Bixler, 34
SVP
HITT Contracting Inc., Atlanta

EDUCATION

BS, Radford University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Heads 40-person Atlanta office, delivering projects ranging from base buildings to large corporate projects. Employees under his leadership routinely earn promotions.

Promoted to VP in 2005 and named senior VP in 2006.

Personally delivered projects totaling more than three million sf and valued at more than $250 million.

Atlanta office projects won five 2006 “Excellence in Construction” awards from the Associated Builders & Contractors.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Organized effort to aid his client UBS in rebuilding its Gulfport, Ms., office following Hurricane Katrina.

Initiated in-house recycling program that raised $25,000 for an employee diagnosed with cancer.

OFF THE CLOCK

Hits the golf course as often as possible; admits to a 13 handicap.

When not golfing, he enjoys relaxing on the beach with a cool drink.

Great-grandfather was George A. Graham, a semi-pro baseball player for the early 20th-century Western League whose career was sidelined by a knee injury. He then became a professional golfer.

Secret life: Aspires to compete on the hit TV show “American Idol.”

Thomas J. Trenolone, 36
Senior architect, director of commercial projects
Randy Brown Architects, Omaha, Neb.
(as of Jan. '07: project designer, HDR Architecture, Omaha, Neb.)

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

AIA, LEED AP

EDUCATION

MArch, University of Kansas

BA, University of Nebraska

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Portfolio of U.S. and international projects includes more than 20 AIA award winners.

Design team leader for the U2 Landmark Tower, Dublin, Ireland; Hinoki-cho Performing Arts Center, Tokyo; and the USCE Center, Belgrade, Serbia.

Designed AIA Honor Award-winning Allwine Prairie Research Center for the study of the burning of native prairies; partnering with the University of Nebraska on the facility's capital fundraising campaign.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Authored “Speed, Sex, Firepower” study on creativity within automotive, fashion, and military organizations.

Founded Design Alliance Omaha, a social/academic organization to nuture the community's interest in design.

OFF THE CLOCK

Hardcore fan of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers and the University of Kansas Jayhawks.

Secret life: Sci Fi fan, loves Star Trek, Star Wars, and Battlestar Gallactica.

Jeff Pratt, 34
Associate principal
KJWW Engineering Consultants, Chicago

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

PE, LEED AP

EDUCATION

BS ME, Iowa State University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Named manager of the Chicago office at 27, making him the firm's youngest-ever branch manager. Grew the office from 4 employees to 50 in six years.

In 2005, named the firm's youngest associate principal. Responsibilities include: project director and manager, quality control, marketing, staff mentoring, department training, and accounting.

Involved with firm's strategic planning committee, which is responsible for maintaining the firm's ranking as one of the nation's top 20 engineering firms.

RECENT PROJECTS

$100 million Niles Township High School expansion, Skokie, Ill.

$90 million Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City, Ind.

$50 million advanced chemical technology lab, University of Illinois at Chicago.

OFF THE CLOCK

Earned college money via finish carpentry and furniture making. Still creates Mission-style furniture using his grandfather's tools.

Loves homemade tacos.

Secret life: Enjoys building, modifying, and running gas-powered remote-control trucks with his nine-year-old son.

 

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