ANDREW CARUSO AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C is an architect and economist, working at the intersection of urbanization and development within the world’s emerging cities.
Andrew has nearly 15 years of global leadership experience in consulting, NGO management, mergers & acquisitions, organizational development, architecture, master planning, urban resilience and international development, across five continents. He is Director of Strategy & Operations for Urban Solutions at Hatch, a global engineering, development and management consultancy with more than 65 offices on six continents. As a member of the Urban Solutions leadership team, Andrew helps reshape world cities through innovative technical and strategic consulting services — master planning, economic analysis, policy advisory, and resiliency planning — for public and private clients facing the pressures of rapid urbanization. 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.
Global Leadership and Recognition
Andrew was among the youngest individuals ever named a Fulbright Specialist 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. He is a Richard Upjohn Fellow and a Henry Adams Medalist of the American Institute of Architects, receiving its national Young Architect Award in 2013. Andrew was also named one of the industry’s “Top 40 Under 40” by Building Design + Construction Magazine.
Andrew’s international speaking 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. He has been featured in numerous publications, including those by DesignIntelligence, the National Endowment for the Arts, the United States National Building Museum, the Huffington Post, and Architect Magazine.
In addition to his professional contributions, Andrew has 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, as well as the International Union of Architects and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 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.
In earlier phases of his career, Andrew helped lead global workforce strategy 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 global 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.
Andrew also served as 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.