ANDREW CARUSO AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, CDT is an architect, working at the intersection of urbanization, economics and development within the world’s emerging cities.
With nearly 10 years of experience in NGO management, architectural practice, workforce development, and international development economics, Andrew has published, spoken, lived and worked on four continents. Most recently, he was named a Fulbright Specialist by the US Department of State and has consulted on issues of resilience and rapid urbanization in developing markets. He holds a professional degree in Architecture (with honors) from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters degree in International Economics and International Development (with honors) from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies.
Previously, Andrew helped lead workforce development for Gensler, one of the world’s largest multi-disciplinary design firms with 45+ offices across the globe and $900MM+ in annual revenue. In this capacity, Andrew advised the firm’s chief executives on emerging talent populations in the design industry. He oversaw a portfolio of programs that included: early-career talent acquisition, professional development and licensure, university engagement, student internships, scholarships and global talent exchanges. In 2011, he was named an Associate with the firm and later tapped by the firm’s CEOs to relocate to Asia, leading the specific development of talent strategy across offices in China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, India, and the United Arab Emirates.
Previous to his work with Gensler, Andrew was the 51st national president and chairman of the board for the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), directing a host of policy and advocacy initiatives related to education and the built environment. In his capacity as president, Andrew represented 20,000 architecture students throughout the country, including nearly 7,000 AIAS members in over 140 chapters across North America and abroad.
Andrew is among the youngest individuals to be named to the Fulbright Specialist roster by the US Department of State. He joins a list of peer-reviewed American experts eligible to partner with international organizations to advance diplomacy through intellectual and cultural exchanges.
Andrew is also a Richard Upjohn Fellow and a Henry Adams Medalist of the American Institute of Architects. He was named one of the industry’s “Top 40 Under 40” by Building Design + Construction Magazine and received the national AIA Young Architects Award. He is often an invited speaker at national and international symposia. Past engagements include the International Conference on Humanities and the Arts, the Oxford University Conference on Architectural Education, and the International Union of Architects’ World Congress on Architecture, among others. Andrew has also been featured in numerous publications, including those by DesignIntelligence, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Huffington Post and Architect Magazine. In 2012, the United States National Building Museum and Metropolis Magazine partnered to launch Andrew’s column, “Inside the Design Mind.”
Andrew has also held seats on the national Boards of Directors for three of the five governing organizations for the profession of architecture in the United States: the American Institute of Architects, the National Architectural Accrediting Board and the American Institute of Architecture Students. He has been appointed to national committees for all five governing organizations, the International Union of Architects and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. He has twice represented the United States as an official delegate to the UIA World Congress on Architecture and served on the founding steering committee for the National Academy for Environmental Design. Andrew has also juried the AIA National Honor Awards for Architecture and the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion.
Andrew has also served as guest lecturer and critic for the Catholic University School of Architecture in Washington, DC and as an advisory board member for the George Washington University, Columbia College of Arts and Sciences, School of Interior Design.