Forty individuals who have distinguished themselves by their career achievements, service to their professions and communities, and active participation in charitable work.

May 08, 2013

 

PARADIGM SHIFTER

SMITA RAWOOT

Principal
Perkins Eastman, Mumbai

AGE: 39
BArch, Sushant School of
Architecture
MArch, Pratt Institute

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Experienced in urban planning and mixed-use developments, as well as buildings for K-12, higher ed, hospitality, healthcare, senior living, and multifamily housing. Worked in India for several architectural firms before joining Perkins Eastman in 2001.
Returned to India in 2009 to establish the firm’s office in Mumbai. The branch has found a niche developing culturally adaptive senior living community models, such as Tata Vasindh Senior Living, in Maharashtra (106 independent living apartments).
U.S. projects: Princeton (N.J.) Day School, Fine and Performing Arts upgrades; 835 Sixth Avenue, New York (54-story mixed-use tower with public plaza, urban park, jumbo multimedia screen, and backlit glass wall).

EXTRACURRICULAR
Author and presenter on senior living design in India, including a presentation at the ACRECONF sustainable design conference in New Delhi.
Participated in the 2011 Dream Run and a 2012 half marathon to raise money for the Salaam Bombay Foundation in Mumbai.

OFF THE CLOCK
Mixed-media artist—wood, nails, glass, wires, gesso, acrylic, and oil paint.
Favorite movie: “A Beautiful Mind.”

SECRET LIFE
Writes poetry; has had her work published under a pen name.

 

BIG GREEN APPLE

JAMES STAWNICZY, AIA, LEED BD+C

Director of Sustainability
Lend Lease, New York, N.Y.

AGE: 38
BArch, Pratt Institute

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Leads sustainability and LEED training for major property and infrastructure solutions firm, in addition to working with clients in pursuit of green projects. Hosts LEED and Green Building Intranet Portal for Lend Lease staff; has developed templates for construction plans, material tracking, and contract language.
Recent work (as designer and/or LEED leader, all in NYC): Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse (35 stories, 730,000 square feet); The Brompton (luxury 202-unit condo development); Mount Sinai Medical Center, Center for Science and Medicine (450,000-sf translational research building); Columbia University Manhattanville Development, Phase 1 preconstruction.
USGBC NYC Urban Green Council Service Award, 2009 (for developing construction management training module).

EXTRACURRICULAR
PLANYC-Green Codes Task Force (two-year effort with the Mayor’s Office).
NYU School of Continuing Education (lecturer, LEED exam prep).

OFF THE CLOCK
Dedicated gardener—particularly water gardening, which provides “a secret oasis” within condo living. Also loves cooking, skiing, aviation.
Favorite spot: El Calafate, Argentina.
Favorite food: Chicago-style deep-dish pizza.

SECRET LIFE
Once featured in the New York Daily News for his sand castles: “They all resemble Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.”

 

SCHOOL SPECIALIST

CODY CARPINO, AIA

Senior Associate, Project Architect
NTD Architecture, Auburn, Calif.

AGE: 34
BS (Architecture), Washington
University in St. Louis

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Started his own graphic design business in high school.
Acquired architecture license before age 30; registered in California.
Specializes in design of K-12 projects, including work overseen by California’s Division of the State Architect.
Representative projects: $17 million San Antonio Elementary School; 32,000-sf Ashland Youth Center (first LEED Platinum building in Alameda County); modernization projects for Alum Rock UESD, San Jose.
Wrote business plan for the firm’s eighth office, which opened in last year in San Jose.

EXTRACURRICULAR
Leadership Auburn, Class of 2013; leading design team for the class project: street frontage improvements for Gold Country Fairgrounds entry.
Past Co-chair (architectural design), Sonoma County Habitat for Humanity.
AIA Emerging Professional; active with ASLA and RECON Networking.
Tutors elementary students in algebra and calculus.

OFF THE CLOCK
Hobbies: golf, mountain biking, yoga.
Favorite flick: “The Shawshank Redemption.”
Makes “really good” French toast.
Favorite spot: Florence, Italy.

SECRET LIFE
Was saved from a fire in his duplex when Olive, a dog he was watching for his neighbors, barked him awake in the middle of the night.

 

PRO BONO ACTIVIST

SARAH W. DIRSA, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, SEED

Project Designer,
Director of HOK IMPACT
HOK, St. Louis

AGE: 33
BA, Binghamton University
MArch, Master of Urban Design, Washington University in St. Louis

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Founding Director, HOK IMPACT, and firmwide Chair of Social Responsibility.
Developing protocols for HOK’s public interest design projects and employee volunteer efforts.
Core member of HOK’s Project Haiti, a pro bono design partnership with USGBC to rebuild an orphanage/children’s center in Port au Prince.
Recent project: Potentials Resale Boutique, a pro bono effort to create a store in suburban St. Louis to benefit Youth In Need.
Fellow, New Leaders Council St. Louis Chapter.

EXTRACURRICULAR
Helped get St. Louis selected to host the 2012 Next American City Vanguard conference of young urban leaders.
Founding President, SEED Saint Louis, a nonprofit aiding socially, economically, and environmentally positive communities.
Board VP, Isthmian Gallery, a New York nonprofit that showcases student artwork.
Mayor’s Vanguard Cabinet for Education, to improve St. Louis’s public schools.

OFF THE CLOCK
Hobbies: running, reading about public architecture, soul music (Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin).
Favorite spot: anyplace with white sandy beaches, clear water, and sunshine.

SECRET LIFE
Played classical violin for 12 years; performed at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall.

 

WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST

ROB BLALOCK

Vice President, Division Manager
Brasfield & Gorrie, Kennesaw, Ga.

AGE: 38
BS, Auburn University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Oversees management of projects in the Mixed-Use Division for firm’s Georgia regional office. Since 1998, has managed more than $1.1 billion of construction totaling ~8.5 million sf of commercial buildings.
Projects include the 825,000-sf Omni Hotel in Nashville, the $267 million 1075 Peachtree mixed-use office/hotel project, and Perkins+Will’s new LEED Platinum office in Atlanta.
Led division’s implementation of mobile technology and cloud-based document control systems.
AGC Award, three ABC Awards, and Build Georgia Award.

EXTRACURRICULAR
Citizens Medal of Honor from the Atlanta Fire & Rescue Department for pro bono renovation of a fire station.
Member, NAIOP’s inaugural Future Leaders Class.
Volunteer with charities that support women and children: Atlanta Day Shelter, United Way, Atlanta Dream Center, No Longer Bound, and Habitat for Humanity.

OFF THE CLOCK
Hobby: Spending time outdoors, especially in the mountains.
Favorite flick: “Man on Fire.” “The main character’s transformation and love for a little girl is pretty close to my heart, as a father of four girls.”

SECRET LIFE
Spent a year as a ski bum in Vail in his early 20s, skiing six days a week; split his head open twice.

 

CHARTER SCHOOL PIONEER

BRIANNA GARCÍA, LEED AP BD+C, Assoc. DBIA

Facilities Development Manager, Charter Development
Los Angeles Unified School District

AGE: 38
BArch, Master of Real Estate Development, Master of Planning, University of Southern California

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Joined LAUSD in 2005. Responsible for planning, design, funding, management, and development of major public facilities, notably charter schools.
Handles preconstruction activities for school construction and modernization projects in the $6 million to $80 million range.
Has overseen acquisition of >70 acres of property valued at  >$209 million and relocation of 318 commercial/residential tenants.
Coordinates with independent charter operators for the development of long-term charter facilities.
Spearheaded creation of an augmentation grant program to provide gap financing to charters that want to build their own facilities.
Global Holcim Awards Finalist, 2012 (net-zero energy school prototype, with Swift Lee Office).

EXTRACURRICULAR
Committee member, ULI UrbanPlan program; presenter for the Culver City Redevelopment Agency.

OFF THE CLOCK
Activities: tennis (spectator and player), knitting, yoga.
Favorite cuisines: Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican.

SECRET LIFE
Won national championship as a member of JROTC Belles of the Blue Knights Drill Team in high school. “We wore cravats, thigh-high bell skirts, and patent leather go-go boots, and carried rifles.”

 

CHANGE MANAGER

TANUJA SHUKLA

Chief Strategy Officer,
Senior Vice President
ITSI Gilbane, Walnut Creek, Calif.

AGE: 35
BA, University of California–San Diego
MBA, The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
After serving as Director of Finance for ITSI (formerly Innovative Technical Solutions Inc.), helped manage the firm’s 2010 acquisition by Gilbane. ITSI is a global contractor primarily focused on work for the military market (construction, environmental, fuels, energy).
Leads corporate integration and transition strategies, market entry plans for new ventures, and international expansion efforts.
Trilingual (Hindi, English, Spanish).
Youngest staff member on Gilbane’s committee for Vision 2017, a futures planning initiative.

EXTRACURRICULAR
Helps lead employee volunteer efforts with the Contra Costa and Solano County food banks, the Salvation Army, Wounded Warriors, the Red Cross, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity.
Helped lead an ITSI Gilbane team in upgrades for the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Newport, R.I.

OFF THE CLOCK
Activities: dancing, painting (acrylics). Teaches international dance.
Enjoys cooking Indian food for big dinner parties.

SECRET LIFE
Grandfather was an Indian journalist who interviewed and later befriended Mohandas K. Gandhi and participated in the Mahatma’s funeral ceremony.

 

ENVELOPE PUSHER

HEATH MAY, AIA

Vice President; Director, HKS Laboratory for Intensive Exploration (HKS_LINE)
HKS Inc., Dallas

AGE: 36
MArch, Texas Tech (undergraduate studies in biology, art)

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Designs hospitality, commercial, corporate, sports, mixed-use, and retail facilities.
Registered architect in Texas.
Leads HKS_LINE, a team focusing on advancing architecture through new technology and methods—parametric and computational design, digital fabrication, high-performance cladding, advanced presentation technologies.
Recent projects: Hall Arts District Tower, Dallas (46-story office tower); W Tampa (30-story, 300-room hotel plus 450 condos and 350 apartments); Palomar Hotel and Condominiums, Milwaukee (750,000-sf hotel, condo, retail, and office complex, seeking LEED Platinum).
Working on projects in China and Qatar.
World Architecture News Commercial Building of the Year, 2012.
Dallas AIA Design Awards, 2010, 2012.
Washington, D.C., AIA Design Award, 2011.

EXTRACURRICULAR
Active in AIA, USGBC, and NCARB. Has served on several awards committees for AIA Dallas.
Co-chair, AIA Dallas Emerging Leaders Program, 2010.
ACE mentor.

OFF THE CLOCK
Activities: running, snorkeling, hiking, camping, longboarding, snowboarding.
Freelances as a bass player; also plays acoustic guitar.

SECRET LIFE
Penchant for minutiae: can recite his fifth-grade teacher’s Social Security number.

         
 

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