Engineering-News Record Names Hoopingarner “Top 20 Under 40”


At American Structurepoint, we’re known for our quality projects and outstanding people. The proof is in this week’s announcement as one of our youngest architectural designers received a prestigious award. Design Director Brandon Hoopingarner was named ENR Midwest’s “Top 20 Under 40,” a regional award that recognizes young design and construction professionals who are reshaping their communities with their unique talent.

Brandon’s story is unique and his talent is unrivaled. Brandon always knew he wanted to pursue a career in architecture. Since he was young, Brandon would visit construction sites with his father and even tag along with him to work on the weekends.

“I’ve been exposed to the world of design my entire life,” said Brandon. “Of all the famous architects and designers in the world, I looked up most to my father.”

Twenty-nine years later, Brandon works right alongside his father. His life-long passion to shape communities through design landed him on the exclusive list of young professionals across the Midwest.

“I’m very humbled for receiving this honor,” said Brandon. “I’m also very thankful for leadership that puts faith in its younger staff and provides a framework for success.”

In a short amount of time, Brandon was taking on some of the group’s largest projects, including some international work. He represented American Structurepoint in an international design competition and presented the winning redevelopment concept to the board in the United Arab Emirates. He is also leading design efforts for large-scale projects across the Midwest, including the Lawrenceburg Event Center and the Michigan City Police Headquarters. Besides his professional accomplishments, Brandon is also actively involved in the community.

“My ultimate passion comes down to making Indiana and the Indianapolis community a better place to live, work, and play by incorporating design that is focused on and functions for the people who use the spaces,” says Brandon.

Brandon spearheads an effort with DREAM Alive to host a design competition involving Legos for 40 DREAM Alive scholars each year. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, which aims to positively impact the development of the City of Indianapolis. He was an ACE mentor for two years, helping to engage and inspire high school students to pursue careers in architecture, construction, and engineering. And he volunteers for the Morning Light real estate committee.

The special “Top 20 Under 40” feature will be in ENR Midwest’s February edition. To check out the list of winners, click here.