September 21, 2015

Each year, Building Design+Construction (BD+C) magazine selects 40 individuals who have distinguished themselves by their career achievements, service to their professions and communities, and active participation in charitable work. This year, the editors noted that “these 40 young professionals truly represent the emerging superstars of the AEC industry.” 

Ellen Mitchell Kozack, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, vice president and director of sustainability at HKS was named one of BD+C’s 40 Under 40 for 2015. Click here to view the article. 

The article dubs Mitchell Kozack an “enviro-activist,” which fits her perfectly. To say that she is passionate about sustainable and public interest design is an understatement. She joined the newly formed HKS DesignGreen studio in 2008 and has since devoted her professional talents to reducing the environmental impacts associated with the built environment. While attending a Greenbuild conference in Toronto, she was inspired by a presentation showing a collaboration on Project Haiti – a LEED-Platinum orphanage designed in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake. After spending the next few years delving into public interest design, focused on serving the population who cannot afford access to traditional design services, in 2013, based on the 1% Solution program, Mitchell Kozack founded Citizen HKS – an initiative that strategically selects highly impactful projects around the world, with the aim of improving people’s lives through the power of design. 

The 40 Under 40 Class of 2015 will be honored at an awards ceremony during the 5th Annual 40 Under 40 Leadership Summit, October 14-16, in Chicago. 

HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top six architectural engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $77 billion in more than 1,650 cities located in 84 countries. The firm operates from 27 offices worldwide. 

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