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Meet the 40 Under 40 Class of 2017

These AEC stars are making their mark in business, philanthropy, and in their communities.

September 21, 2017 |
Laura Crane, AIA, NCARB, Associate, Project Architect with bKL Architecture, Chicago

Laura Crane, AIA, NCARB, Associate, Project Architect with bKL Architecture, Chicago

A city sustainability manager who inspires at-risk youth to connect with nature through action sports like surfing and snowboarding. A structural engineer who protects and serves foster children as a court-appointed advocate. A K-12 school design manager who has introduced more than 6,000 fifth-grade students to the architecture profession. 

BD+C’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2017 winners show that there’s more to the AEC profession than designing and building great places for people. Indeed, these rising stars are making an impact in business, philanthropy, and in their communities. 

Meet the BD+C 40 Under 40 Class of 2017!



architect on a mission

Timothy Swanson, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Office Practice Leader
CannonDesign | Chicago 

MArch, Urban Development and Infill, University of Illinois at Chicago; BA, Fine Arts | Economics and Design, Colgate University

Manages CannonDesign’s largest shop (>200 staff). 
2017 Fast Company World Changing Idea Award for redesign of Cook County (Ill.) Central Bond Court.
Named one of New City Design’s top 50 Chicago-area designers.
Cofounder, context, a collaborative design workshop.
While at Peter Ellis New Cities (acquired by CannonDesign in 2012) he helped design (with Jaypee Sports City) a “city from scratch” in India.

Helped launch Chicago Children’s Theater “Dream Box,” a collaboration with three schools to help Chicago youth envision the city’s future.
Volunteer, Archeworks, Civic Consulting Alliance, Boys & Girls Club, University of Chicago International Innovation Corps, Soul City Church.

Parenting (with wife, Beth) Josiah (7) and twins Elle and Thad (2).
Recently broke ground on a new house on Chicago’s West Side.

Mother’s family immigrated from Lebanon and Syria to Nevada’s high country; became artists, teachers, archeologists, fire marshals, and entrepreneurs.
Son of a pastor; considers architecture an “evangelical calling” to the power of design.





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