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

James Henry, AIA, EDAC

Associate Vice President and Design Principal | HDR Architecture, Dallas
Age: 35
BArch, University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture

Youngest design principal in HDR’s history when that title was implemented (there are only 12 among the firm’s 1,700 employees).

Design co-leader on Dallas’s $1.27 billion Parkland Hospital, nation’s largest public hospital being constructed in a single phase.

Member of design leadership on the $1.5 billion Cleveland Clinic hospital in Abu Dhabi.

Designed the AIA award-winning Galveston Fire+Beach House.

Provided design for Brookhaven Science and Allied Health Bulding in Farmer’s Branch, Texas.

Chair, AIA Dallas Design Awards.

Volunteer, Salvation Army Red Kettle Holiday Drive, and Comfort Zone, Irving (Texas) Bible Church.

Hurricane Katrina Family sponsor. Organized housing and transport and led fundraising to completely furnish a family’s two-bedroom apartment.

Favorite hobbies: handyman projects, painting, drawing, hunting, Razorback football.

Favorite movie: “Old School.”

Favorite food: Steak/blue cheese.

Favorite vacation spot: Scottsdale.

Offensive lineman on the University of Arkansas football team for one season before architectural school.

Aimee Alix Fogarty, LEED AP, CHC, HCC

Business Development Manager | Suffolk Construction Co., Falls Church, Va.
Age: 31
BS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Healthcare Manager for Suffolk’s Mid-Atlantic region.

Responsible for winning key projects with the University of Maryland, Kaiser Permanente, and Universal Health Systems’ George Washington Hospital.

As an estimator for Turner Construction, managed subcontractor trade estimates totaling $1.2 billion for clients.

Served as business development engineer generating more than $750 million of work for Turner.

Senior project engineer with Centex Construction (now Balfour Beatty) on the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse Annex, Washington, D.C.

Led Associated General Contractors’ first Healthcare Executive Forum.

Founding member, Lean Construction Institute’s National Chapter Region.

Advisory board member and alumni chair, Virginia Tech Myers-Lawson School of Construction.

Past president, Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), Northern Virginia Post.

Recipient, SAME “Young Member of the Year” Award and “National Young Member” Medal.

Completed three marathons.

Unusual talent: expert at Wii and Xbox Kinect dance games—“Haven’t lost a game yet.”

Addicted to rearranging her living room.


Neri Oxman

Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab | Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
Age: 36
PhD, Presidential Fellow, MIT
Department of Medical Sciences, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Hebrew Medical School
Architectural Association (RIBA 2), Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion Israel

Leads Mediated Matter research group at MIT Media Laboratory, exploring how digital design and fabrication technologies can transform the design and construction of objects, buildings, and systems.

Designed a “living-synthetic constructed” chaise longue that adjusts to body load.

ICON’s Top 20 Most Influential Architects and Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People.

Work exhibited at the Smithsonian, Centre Pompidou, MOMA, Boston’s Museum of Science, FRAC Collection, 2010 Beijing Biennale.

Recipient, Graham Foundation Carter Manny Award and International Earth Award for Future-Crucial Design.

Swims in Walden Pond.

Favorite read: At the Mountains of Madness (H.P. Lovecraft).

Served in the Israeli Air Force (first lieutenant).

Vincent Grippo

Chief of Staff | New York City Department of Buildings, New York, N.Y.
Age: 35
BA, University of Virginia
MA, Boston College

Oversees the Budget, Administration, IT, Strategic Planning, and Community Partnerships divisions at an agency with >1,000 inspectors, engineers, plan examiners, and professionals responsible for safety and compliance in >975,000 buildings and construction sites in New York City.

Launched Quick Response program, which codes construction permits to allow greater access to information about ongoing work.

Oversaw the NYC Cool Roofs program, which coated >2 million sf of rooftops with white reflective materials, and urbancanvas, a new initiative to beautify construction sites with artwork.

Graduate, New York City Leadership Institute.

Patrick J. Duncan History Award, Boston College.

Volunteer, Our Lady of Pity Parish, Staten Island, supporting community programs and religious education for second graders.

Hosts dinner every Sunday with extended family—five-courses, seven hours.

Can’t live without: His iPad.

Favorite hobbies: cooking, traveling, football (New York Giants), baseball (Mets), skiing, and history.

Favorite foods: linguini in clam sauce, lemon pasta.

Vincent D. Grippo Elementary School in Brooklyn is named after his father.


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