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Nish Kothari, 34
Associate, lead designer
SmithGroup, San Francisco
BArch, University of Mumbai, India
MArch, Washington University
BIM guru. Developed firm's integrated design and delivery methods for BIM.
Leader in firm's California healthcare practice.
Lead designer and BIM strategist for $1.7 billion California Pacific Medical Center, Cathedral Hill Hospital, San Francisco.
Completed BIM packages for new Doha International Airport, Qatar (completion: 2010).
Developing website: www.3bhk.com . Currently in beta form, site is intended as “Facebook” of home design, allowing users to publish, display, discuss, and research design projects.
OFF THE CLOCK
Became U.S. citizen in 2007; voted for the first time November 4, 2008.
Favorite album: Pink Floyd's “The Dark Side of the Moon.”
Favorite read: Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, by Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras.
Part-time modeling gigs help fund flying lessons.