Gensler is an American design and architecture firm headquartered in San Francisco.  Art and Drue Gensler, and their associate, James Follett, founded the firm in 1965. The firm originally focused on corporate interior design, but has since diversified into numerous forms of architecture and design, including commercial office buildings, retail centers, airports, education facilities and entertainment complexes.

The company designs interior spaces for living and working. They believe interior performance can be measured in human and organizational terms and that hitting the mark means designing not just for visual impact, but also for health, comfort, flexibility and ease of use. It is also involved in planning and urban design, brand strategy, environmental graphic design, mission-critical facilities, sustainable design consulting and other areas. As of 2015, the firm employs more than 4,800 people working in 46 offices in 16 countries. Company’s newest offices are Mexico City and Sydney.

Its purpose is to bring innovation, quality and sustainable performance with international projects in scope and range. 

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Arthur Gensler Jr.

An entrepreneur and architect, widely credited with elevating the practice of interior design to professional standing, Art Gensler founded the firm, in 1965. The business has thrived for 50 years, growing from a three-person office to the largest design firm in the world. Its success is based on a combination of exceptional design services, innovative leadership, and team-oriented infrastructure.

Art graduated from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning (and member of its Advisory Council), Arthur is a Fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association, and a professional member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

A charter member of Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame and a recipient of IIDA’s Star Award, he has also received Ernst & Young LLP’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

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Best projects in California

International Technology Company Workplace

Efficient and out-of-the-box, the concept for this project reflects the company’s design vision and accommodates its anticipated growth.

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Nokia R&D Campus

Nokia distinguishes this project by Gensler as a project that is not only innovative and functional for employees, but remains a turning point in the way we now approach interior corporate design.

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Moscone Convention Center

The building’s extraordinary flexibility, including more than 5,000 linear feet of moveable, ceiling-hung panels, allows separate events to be hosted simultaneously on all three floors. Gensler designed Moscone West in joint venture with Michael Willis Architects and Kwan Henmi Architecture.

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Interesting Facts

1. During the last year, the interior design company worked in 114 countries with 2,390 clients. They represent:

— 55 of Fortune magazine’s 100 top Global 500 companies

— 40 of the 50 top-ranked Fortune 500 companies

— 4 of the top 5 energy companies in the Americas

— 9 of Interbrand’s 10 Best Global Brands

— 25 of the top 25 largest US law firms

— 43 of the biggest US companies by market value

— 8 of the top 10 retailers in the US

— 4 of the 5 largest companies in China

— 10 of the top 10 consumer products companies

2. The company regards sustainable design as a guiding principle for all building and interior projects. As designer of the first large-scale U.S. office building to use underfloor air systems, Gensler has been at the forefront of the movement for responsible design that considers the impact of decisions made today on our lives tomorrow.

In 2014 and the ancient year, the company has been ranking by Engineering New-Records as 1st and 2nd (respectively) in the TOP 100 Green Buildings Design Firms.

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How to create a “Gensler of our own”?

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“The key is how we use the power of design to make a better world,” Rob Jernigan, company Board of Directors

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