John founded Gensler’s Retail and Branding studio in 1980, and he has played a pivotal role in the practice’s growth in both the New York and San Francisco markets. He was also instrumental in developing the Gensler brand into one of the most recognizable names in the design industry. He continues to develop our Firmwide Retail and Brand Design Practice Areas, expanding them into emerging markets in Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Named one of the Top Retail Design Influencers of 2012 by design:retail (formerly DDI), John has been recognized by BusinessWeek, Interior Design, Contract and Hospitality Design for his industry-leading thinking. His projects have won numerous awards, including the prestigious BusinessWeek | Architectural Record award for his design of the New York flagship store for Toys ‘R’ Us. His projects have been published in nationally recognized publications including The New York Times, Interiors and Communications Arts.