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ENR California’s Top 20 Under 40

These talented individuals have the potential to play an important role in the industry for years to come

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As part of the premier issue of ENR California, a new regional section of Engineering News-Record, we are proud to introduce the “Top 20 Under 40,” which highlights the exceptional young professionals working in the Golden State’s A/E/C industry. This new section will take its place alongside our annual rankings of contractors, designers and projects.

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Rather than focusing on firms, this list focuses on people, specifically the California A/E/C industry’s up-and-coming leaders who are worth getting to know. ENR California solicited nominations from readers who were free to nominate themselves or other people who had made an impression on them.

Nominees had to be located in the state, and they had to be under the age of 40 at the time of submission. The final choices for the list were selected from about 50 nominees. After nominations closed, a panel of industry representatives reviewed and scored the nominees. These judges included Nora Te Struth, division training manager of McCarthy Building Cos. in San Francisco; Melody Spradlin, director of South Bay for Dome Construction Corp. in San Jose; and Bryn Burke, owner/president of Vertical Constructors in Santa Fe Springs.

Our first-ever winners list includes nine architects, eight from general contracting firms, and three engineers. Three of the winners are with Gensler, another three with Turner Construction Co.

The brief descriptions for each of our Top 20 don’t do justice to the breadth of their accomplishment, work ethic and dedication.

Take, for example, the story of Brendan Murphy of Turner: At 34, he was project executive on one of the firm’s largest projects, responsible for the execution and management of 242 individual subcontracts that represented more than 2.3 million worker hours with a peak daily count of 980 workers on the job. His effectiveness culminated in a project brought in on budget and two months early.


He brings energy and passion to all of his work and is a natural leader
38, Partner
ZGF Architects
Los Angeles

The son of an artist mother and geologist father in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Baptista’s early passion for science and art led him to architecture. A senior designer for a range of advanced technology and sustainable public and institutional buildings, his recent projects include residence halls for Reed College in Portland, the Hilton Office Campus in Agoura Hills, the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena and the Bolsa Chica Conservancy Center for Coastal Ecology in Huntington Beach. Baptista is dedicated to mentoring the next generation via programs for students at University of Southern California and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo through a ZGF Architects mentoring program.



Successfully managed over 100 BIM projects for construction firms
36, Manager, Virtual Design & Construction
Turner Construction Co

Bullain is a BIM engineer with over 15 years of experience in implementing 3D/4D/5D BIM for both design and construction. At Turner, he’s responsible for overseeing the 3D/4D modeling from estimating and coordination to schedule planning, clash detection/reporting and final as-builts. Originally from Hungary, Bullain has worked on such noteworthy projects as the California Academy of Sciences, Marlins Stadium, San Francisco General Hospital, the 2012 Olympic Stadium and Queen Margaret Drive in the United Kingdom and the Jebel Ali Conference Center in Dubai.



Daniel finds meaning in his work by understanding the local impacts
29, Associate Engineer

Working as water engineer, Cronquist is actively involved in AECOM’s projects in Bakersfield and the surrounding area. His professional background includes the design and construction of wastewater infrastructure, water irrigation and stormwater and drainage systems.



An exceptional leader, focused on the success of her clients
37, Director, Interior Architecture & Design
Ware Malcomb
San Diego

Currently overseeing the interiors studios for the San Diego, Phoenix and Latin America markets, English has parlayed her international upbringing in Saigon, Vietnam, Mauritania, Gambia, Swaziland, Tokyo and New Delhi to contribute a diverse design outlook, sensibility and understanding of varying points of view.



Played a significant role in refining the studio design process
37, Associate/Architectural Designer
Santa Monica

Born in Zimbabwe and raised and schooled in Johannesburg, South Africa, Hammond joined Gensler in 2006 to develop his talents with a larger, more diverse firm. He focuses on finding unique solutions for both conventional and unusual problems. He has been design leader for award-winning projects such as the Eco Cabins for Camp Emerald Bay, Catalina.



One of the firm’s most creative and dependable design directors
38, Senior Associate/Design Director
San Francisco

Ko has distinguished himself as a versatile, talented designer who embraces leadership roles. Throughout his career, Ko has taken on challenging projects that demand a high level of skill in both design and management, and there are now buildings around the world that reflect his creativity and dedication to the craft.


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