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.
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. Gensler’s newest offices are Mexico City and Sydney.
Gensler designs interior spaces for living and working. They believe interior performance can be measured in human and organizational terms: higher productivity, greater creativity and innovation, increased patronage or sales. Hitting the mark means designing not just for visual impact, but also for health, comfort, flexibility and ease of use.
Their designers work collaboratively and strategically to deliver innovation, quality and sustainable performance. Gensler’s projects are international in scope and range from offices to stores, academic and civic buildings, convention centers, and entertainment and cultural venues.
Some of Gensler’s most notable interior design projects include: John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dubai, Houston Ballet Center for Dance, San Francisco International Airport, Facebook, Inc. offices in London, Duke Kunshan University in China and Shanghai Tower in China.