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

Wendy Fok, RA, LEED AP

Project Manager | Natural Resources Defense Council, New York, N.Y.
Age: 35
BA, University of Texas at Austin

Leads NRDC’s High Performance Demonstration Project, part of the Center for Market Innovation, devoted to creating high-performance tenant spaces and base building energy retrofits in commercial office buildings.

Development leader, Jones Lang LaSalle’s energy and sustainability services.

Former director of Design and Construction, Grand Central Terminal in New York City. Introduced a sustainability initiative.

Advocate for Green Central, a program plan to promote sustainable design and operations with properties, including tenant and base building programs.

Her two daughters, ages 3 and 1.

Can’t live without: shoes—still has pairs in boxes waiting for “just the right occasion.”

Favorite food: chocolate croissants.

Favorite vacation spot: Fernando de Noronha, Brazil.

Favorite reads: cookbooks, The New Yorker (mostly the cartoons), New York Times real estate section.

Formally trained in French culinary arts.

Completed five marathons.

Ryan Abbott, CPC, DBIA, LEED AP

Science and Technology Group Leader | SUNDT Construction Inc., Tempe, Ariz.
Age: 33
BSE, MBA Arizona State University

Managed and directed construction of the $110 million Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building #4 and the $108 million Bio Design Institute Buildings A and B at Arizona State University.

Named SUNDT’s Employee of the Year (2005) and Engineer of the Year (2003).

Member, Associated General Contractors Construction Leadership Council Steering Committee and Project Delivery National Steering Committee.

Volunteer, SUNDT Foundation, donating time, money, and supplies to communities in need.

Board member, Tempe Family YMCA.

Mentor, Big Brothers Big Sisters program in remembrance of brother Kris, who passed away at the age of 20.

Member, Arizona State Young Alumni Council.

Volunteer, Phoenix Lymphomathon.

Favorite hobbies: running, biking, golfing.

Favorite movies: “Good Will Hunting.” “The Thomas Crown Affair.”

Favorite foods: roasted pork, moros y cristianos (black beans and rice), and plantains.

Grandfather, a polio survivor, started a logging company that is now run by his mother.

Aspires to build a museum and public inspirational space.

Avoids fluorescent lighting when trying to relax.

Can write backwards and upside down.

Brad Benjamin, AIA, CSI, LEED AP BD+C

President/CEO | Radium Architecture, Greenville, S.C.
Age: 39
MArch, BSCSM, BSD, Clemson University

Founded Radium Architecture in 2011.

Graduate of Leadership Greenville 37, which helped establish firm as Greenville’s first “1% Solution” pro bono design firm.

Responsible for such projects as convention centers, restaurants, community centers, libraries, schools, student activity centers, and building expansion/renovation design.  

Lead project coordinator and architect for $22 million renovation of TD Bank Convention Center, Greenville.

Winner, 2007 AIA Associate Member of the Year Award.

Vice chair, AIA Young Architects Forum; elected chair of 2013

Board member, Leadership Greenville and United Way Young Philanthropists.

Founder, Architecture for Humanity Greenville.

Past president, AIA Greenville.

Past Emerging Professionals Director, AIA South Carolina.

Past board member, AIA National Associates Committee.

Past Regional Associate Director, AIA South Atlantic region.

A font of useless ’80s music and movie trivia.

Favorite hobbies: skiing, scuba diving.

Favorite food: real Italian gnocchi.

Favorite vacation spot: Fripp Island, S.C.

Can’t live without Starbucks coffee—admits to being addicted.

Christine Schlendorf

Associate Principal | Perkins Eastman, New York, N.Y.
Age: 37
BArch, Syracuse University

Manages Perkins Eastman’s K-12 Studio. Responsible for delivering public and private school projects in the U.S. and internationally.

Project manager for Avenues, the World School projects, including flagship school in Chelsea, N.Y. Responsible for programming, master planning, and creation of Global Design Guidelines for a network of over 20 international school K-12 campuses accommodating 1,500-1,800 students.

Project manager for Mott Haven campus, a campus of four separate schools that have been labeled the largest single school construction project in New York City history.

Project manager for Dream Charter School where the education approach is rooted in the belief that Health and Wellness are essential to student development.

Volunteer with the Peter Schlendorf Foundation, founded in memory of her brother. The foundation has awarded over $80,000 in scholarships.

Board of trustees, Brooklyn Ascend Charter School.

Can’t live without coffee—every morning and again at 4 PM.

Favorite cuisine: Italian.

Favorite vacation spot: Florence, Italy.

At the age of 10 attempted to steal a penguin from the Bronx Zoo; still hopes to own one someday.

Father was a national wrestling champion at Syracuse.


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