Olivier Sommerhalder, AIA

Residential Practice Area Leader, Principal

Olivier is a Design Director in Gensler’s Los Angeles office and a leader of the firm’s Residential Practice Area. A Gensler Principal, he supports a rigorous design process that harnesses research, technology and building science to create contextually appropriate, holistic solutions for a diverse range of projects worldwide. As a knowledge leader at Gensler, Olivier has played a significant role in driving the firm’s research and development in building science and emerging market sector trends. Olivier received a Master of Architecture from SCI-Arc, and earned degrees in Architecture and Design Culture at the University of Applied Sciences in Zurich. He has served as a visiting critic and guest lecturer at numerous schools of architecture, including USC, UCLA, Cal Poly Pomona and the Federal Polytechnic in Zurich.