Earned leadership roles on nationally prominent projects
37, Associate Principal
For her pioneering work in BIM and her leadership and promotion of integrated project delivery, Jennifer Knudsen was one of 11 to be recognized by the national American Institute of Architects with a Young Architect Award in 2011. In her academic and professional endeavors, Knudsen has pursued collaboration, which she believes yields more innovative and effective solutions. Using this focus on collaboration, Knudsen led the day-to-day effort that made CO Architects the first in the nation to adopt BIM-enabled IPD on a large, highly complex health-care project. Observers say that placed her at the leading edge of this pioneering practice model and the innovative and sustainable architecture that it creates.
Knew he wanted to make a difference
31, Structural Engineer
From a rough upbringing in lower-income areas around Los Angeles to leading teams of engineers at AECOM, Jeremy Livermore has shown compassion, determination and passion, observers say. Livermore has worked for several years with groups that include Engineers Without Borders, Engineering Ministries International, Habitat for Humanity, Africa Renewal Ministries, Student Life, Rock Harbor Church, Ronald McDonald Foundation, Birth Choice, Lifewater, EuroTeam Designs and Samaritan Academy. He has volunteered on outreach trips to places like Liberia, Uganda, Chile, Australia and Mexico. Livermore currently is working with the AECOM leadership team to form a global partnership with Engineers Without Borders, other nonprofit groups and international Non-Governmental Organizations. For the past six years, he has worked as a structural engineer designing mid-rise buildings and has technical experience designing steel, concrete, masonry, timber and other buildings.
Has helped raise $100,000 in AIA student scholarships
39, Principal & Founder
David Montalba has long been actively involved in local, regional and international architectural communities. Montalba is a member of the boards of directors of AIA Los Angeles, Swiss Society of Engineers, Architects of the AIA Europe and the Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles. In addition, he was co-chair of the LA/AIA Academic Outreach Committee—with which he has been involved since 2003—where he reestablished and invigorated the dialogue between the AIA and the many local architecture and design schools. He also is credited with being largely responsible for raising nearly $100,000 for student scholarships on behalf of the AIA.
An example of why and how young architects follow their dreams
After working in several large, prominent firms in Orange County, including LPA Inc. and Bassenian Lagoni Architects, Lauren Moss started her own firm, Moss Yaw Design Studio, or MYD Studio, in Aliso Viejo in January 2009. The firm has several projects built or under construction in the area, including some residential projects. Recent projects include The Energy Lab at the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano and new residential construction in Fullerton, Yorba Linda and Oahu. In addition to her experience in publicly funded, large construction and modernization projects, Moss has worked in custom residential markets as well as in hospitality and multifamily housing for clients and builders in China and Dubai. She also is a founding member of the Orange County Sustainable Business Leadership Council.