William Richardson, Urban Design Group’s Dallas Studio Director, Invited to Judge the Engineering News-Record (ENR) Annual Top 20 Under 40 Regional Competition

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William Richardson, AIA, Dallas Studio Director with the architectural firm of Urban Design Group, was invited to serve as a regional judge for ENR’s annual Top 20 Under 40 Competition.

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This next generation of young leaders gives me great hope for the future of the design and construction industry.

William J. Richardson, AIA, Dallas Studio Director for Urban Design Group, was invited to serve as a regional judge for the Engineering News-Record (ENR) Top 20 Under 40 competition. The panel of judges reviewed submittals in January, and Richardson helped evaluate, score and rank numerous submittals to select the best and brightest young leaders in the design and construction industry.

The Top 20 Under 40 winners will be featured in the January and February 2012 regional editions of ENR. The application criteria encouraged candidates from diverse backgrounds and sought to recognize young professionals who demonstrated strong leadership skills in their career. The candidates were also evaluated on factors such as: industry certifications, contributions to improve the industry, community service work and their contributions to landmark or sustainable projects. The nominees must be 39 or younger by the publication date and must work within the coverage area of the regional edition.

“It was an honor to serve as a judge for the Top 20 Under 40 competition,” said Richardson. “The submittals were fascinating to review, and it was challenging to select the best and brightest from a field of such talented and successful young professionals. This next generation of young leaders gives me great hope for the future of the design and construction industry.”

About Engineering News-Record (ENR):
Engineering News-Record provides news, analysis, commentary and data for construction industry professionals. Their products include a weekly magazine with more than 70,000 paid subscribers, a website with over 90,000 unique visitors a month and a series of in-person events. The audience includes contractors, project owners, engineers, architects, government regulators and industry suppliers—many of whom work around the world. ENR connects diverse sectors of the industry with coverage about issues such as business management, design, construction methods, technology, safety, law, legislation, environment and labor.

About William Richardson, AIA, Studio Director for Dallas Office, UDG:
Richardson is the Studio Director in the Dallas office. He has over 30 years of experience in a wide range of architectural projects. A member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Richardson chaired the joint national committee of the AIA and Boy Scouts of America to revise and update the Architecture Merit Badge. In addition to involvement in several other community organizations, including the City of Mesquite, Richardson has continually dedicated his time to the Boy Scouts of America, serving as a Scoutmaster, Adult Leader and advisor.

About Urban Design Group:
Urban Design Group offers architectural, interior design and urban master planning services to its worldwide clientele from studios in Atlanta, GA, and Dallas, TX. A market leader in the application and advancement of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, UDG's personnel work on a wide range of projects from hospitality, resort, gaming design and Native American design projects to corporate, university facilities and urban mixed-use developments.

In the firm's 37-year history, Urban Design Group has completed more than $6 Billion dollars in projects worldwide. The firm has received more than 80 design excellence awards and honors, 15 design competition awards and has been featured in hundreds of magazine articles, newspaper pieces and design resource books. For more information, please visit http://www.urbandesigngroup.com.

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