40 Under 40, the Class of 2012

Chosen from 223 applicants, these 40 young AEC professionals represent the Class of 2012 in Building Design+Construction’s “40 UNDER 40” competition.

March 28, 2012

The 40 young AEC professionals featured here represent the Class of 2012 in Building Design+Construction’s “40 UNDER 40” competition. They were chosen from among 223 applicants to join the 240 previous recipients of this honor, dating to 2006. They range in age from 27 to 39 (as of December 31, 2011, the contest deadline), with a median age of 35. Seventeen of this year’s honorees are women, a high for the program.

They are diverse in their professional and personal interests, as well as in their service to professional societies and such charitable organizations as Habitat for Humanity, the ACE Mentor Program, Engineers without Borders, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. We are proud to present the AEC industry’s next generation of leadership.

Shavon Charlot, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Architect | Sherlock, Smith & Adams, Montgomery, Ala.
Age: 31
BArch, MArch, Tulane University

Design and construction project manager and architect for federal construction projects up to $20 million, including the design-build renovation of Ft. McPherson Buildings 125, 129, and 131; Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center; and Planning Studies in Support of Capital Investment Decision Model, Branch Health Clinics Atsugi and Iwakuni, Japan.

Led sustainable design development of LEED-registered projects and LEED-certified projects, notably the Naval Branch Health Clinic Naval Station, Apra Harbor, Guam, and Naval Replacement Hospital, U.S. Naval Hospital, Guam.

Volunteer, Hearts Apart program, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

Completed nine-part Architecture Registration exam in six months. 

Presenter, “Sustainability, Efficiency and LEED, Oh My! Planning and Designing Sustainable Health Care Facilities in Challenging Environments,” 22nd Annual Health Facilities Institute Conference.

Loves NFL football, especially the New Orleans Saints.

Favorite vacation spot: Las Vegas, for the shows, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.

Enjoys mysteries, especially Agatha Christie novels.

Was captain of the modern dance team at McDonogh 35 Senior High School, New Orleans.


Beau Sanders

Associate/Project Manager GRAEF, Milwaukee
Age: 31
BS, MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Technical team member on Miller Park renovation projects with Uihlein Wilson Architects.

Team member on the foundation design for the 30-story Moderne multifamily high-rise, in Milwaukee.

Designed steel frame for UW-Madison Union South project.

EOR or project designer for Intermodal Train Shed, St. Luke’s Healing Garden, the Fix Office Building. Bayshore Towne Center, the University School of Milwaukee expansion, and Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital expansion.

Led GRAEF’s expansion into the construction of food processing facilities.

Registered PE in Wisconsin, Oregon, and California. Registered SE in Illinois, Oregon, and California.

Head of GRAEF’s Continuing Education program—schedules 20 educational meetings a year for the 75-member group.

ASCE Wisconsin’s Young Engineer of Year.

Participant, PND Chip-for-Charity golf outing (benefiting children with pediatric neurotransmitter disease), Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Walk, and “Get Up Days” for local Manitowoc charities.

Collects vinyl records, with a focus on Bob Dylan. Has seen Dylan in concert 12 times.

Can’t live without: iPhone and beer.

Favorite food: hamburgers—especially when tailgating at a Milwaukee Brewers or Green Bay Packers game.

Parents almost named him Sixto in honor of Sixto Lezcano, a right-fielder for the Brewers from 1974 to 1980.

Andrew Caruso, Associate AIA, CDT, LEED AP BD+C

Head of Intern Development and Academic Outreach | Gensler, Washington, D.C.
Age: 27
BArch, Carnegie Mellon University

Develops human capital strategy across network of >40 global offices and advises firm’s chief executives on emerging talent in the design industry.

Directs early-career talent acquisition, professional development and licensure, academic outreach, student internships, scholarships, and global talent exchange programs.

Named an Associate in 2011.

Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar, Richard Upjohn Fellow, and AIA Henry Adams Medalist.

National president and board chair, American Institute of Architecture Students.

Past board member, AIA and National Architectural Accrediting Board.

Advisory Board, George Washington University; Columbia College of Arts and Sciences, Interior Design Program.

Lecturer, School of Architecture, Catholic University of America.

Sings with the Congressional Chorus, Washington, D.C.

Has two iPhones.

At age nine, drew a city plan of his grandmother’s ceramic holiday village collection.

Nicole Dosso, AIA, LEED AP

Associate Director | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, New York, N.Y.
Age: 37
BArch, Syracuse University

Senior technical architect for a 40-story Boston Properties office tower in Manhattan that has been pre-certified as LEED-CS Gold.

Senior technical architect responsible for developing all contract documents (drawings and specs) establishing building performance parameters and coordinating consulting teams for 3.5 million-sf One World Trade Center in New York City.

Technical architect for Seven World Trade Center, New York City; Kazkommertsbank, Almaty, Kazakhstan; UBS Warburg, Stamford, Conn.; Bear Stearns headquarters, New York City.

Honoree, Professional Women in Construction, for her contributions on rebuilding the WTC site.

Volunteer, Hope Soup Kitchens in New Rochelle, Syracuse, and NYC.

Completed 2011 NYC Marathon.

Can’t live without: Great-uncle Joe’s framed Purple Heart from WWI.

Favorite hobbies: photography, swimming.

Favorite vacation spot: Newport, R.I., for a run along the Cliff Walk and view of the Atlantic Ocean

Great-uncle John was one of the first graduates of the Julliard School of Music and head conductor at Radio City Music Hall for many years.


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