We’re happy to announce that Sara Schonour, associate vice president and leader of our lighting design practice, has been named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s “40 under 40.” The annual list recognizes the best and brightest talent in the building engineering industry.
Based in our Boston office, Sara leads our seven-person lighting studio, which she helped build from the ground up in 2015. Understanding the extremely powerful role light has on the human experience, she has gone on to design lighting solutions for projects around the world — including Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, Novartis Biomedical Research Institute’s new Cambridge Campus Expansion, University of California Riverside’s Recreation Center and CJ Blossom Park in Seoul, South Korea.
A natural extrovert, Sara is an active member in a number of professional organizations, including the the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), International Association of Lighting Designers, and the United States Green Building Council. She sits on the executive board of the Designers Lighting Forum of New England where she assists with the internship and scholarship programs, and is the Vice President of Penn State University’s Architectural Engineers Alumni Association. Her love for lighting translates into her personal life, too; she’s a volunteer lighting designer and board operator for The Footlight Club, the country’s oldest community theater, and she spent the better part of a month in Nepal with nonprofit Light Up the World — an organization that brings lighting to people in remote areas of the world.
In 2013, Sara was also inducted into Building Design + Construction’s class of 40 under 40 — a list of “superstars” representing the next generation of leadership in the architecture, engineering and construction industries.