12. Andrew Caruso – Architect – From Gensler’s Human Capital Strategist to His Next Chapter

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Andrew Caruso


Andrew Caruso is an architect with his eye on how design vision combined with economic strategy and political influence can solve some of the complex problems facing today’s urban centers around the world. Andrew offers some great insight into how working for Gensler, one of the worlds largest and most prestigious architectural and interdisciplinary firms, has affected that view. This is an informative look into a young architect at the beginning of a career, yet already having some admirable experience and insight.


Show Notes

Andrew Caruso – Architect – Human Capital Strategist




Education:  Carnegie Melon University – Bachelors Degree – With Highest honors

Notable Accomplishments:

-51st President of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

-Richard Upjohn Fellow

-Henry Adams Medalist of the AIA

-Top 40 Under 40 by Building Design + Construction Magazine

-Featured in publications: DesignIntelligence, National Endowment for the Arts, the Huffington Post, Architect Magazine and Metropolis Magazine

-Currently working on a Master of Arts in International Economics & International Development at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies


Topics we discuss in our conversation:

 AIAS and the power of membership

Gensler – So many things Andrew learned from the experience

Gensler – It’s about the Culture

People, not buildings

Urban Development – The need to control the money, and influence the politics

The importance of articulating your thoughts and ideas from a unique perspective

Companies hire people, not portfolios

The importance of Interdisciplinary interaction


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