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The Future of Office and Lab Space Has No Boundaries
As even more life sciences companies aim for increased transparency for the sake of engagement, employee talent retention, and breakthrough innovation, the boundary between workplace and laboratory continues to blur.
September 26, 2022 | By Kenneth I. Fisher, Fran Noval
The Resilient Workplace is Purposeful, Inclusive, and Collaborative
We polled CoreNet Global members around the world and respondents told us that the number one priority of their organization was attracting employees back to the office. But is increased on-site presence the current missing link to building a strong work culture and ‘bouncing back’?
September 19, 2022 | By Kerri Henderson
Matching Mission to Action Will Enable Organizations to Stand Out
When companies act graciously and generously, people come to fully appreciate just how genuine their mission really is. If you want your organization to stand out and stand for something great, it's important to connect mission to action and behave accordingly.
September 19, 2022 | By Jacob Simons
From Briefing to Experience, Designing Today’s Customer Experience Center
For many organizations, from technology, to finance, to sports teams, Customer Experience Centers (CECs) are the catalyst for developing and fostering customer relationships.
September 14, 2022 | By Natalie Engels
Rethinking What Museums Can Do for Communities — and How We Design Them
With the right vision and design experience, museums can be spaces to both educate and entertain their audiences in deeper, more nuanced ways, inspiring them to become better stewards of our communities.
September 14, 2022 | By Robin Klehr Avia, Bevin Savage-Yamazaki, Hans Neubert
A Future Vision of Workplace Metrics
Here's how people-centric workplace design is changing our definition of workplace performance.
September 12, 2022 | By Michael O'Neill
The Carbon Innovations Hiding in Plain Sight
We believe private industry must lead the pursuit of a more sustainable built environment, and we’re using our status to push the concrete industry to reduce carbon emissions through innovation. And it’s not just us; consumers are demanding it as well.
September 09, 2022 | By Diane Hoskins
Product Design Gets Redefined
When Creating a Wall for All
Working with our client, we designed a demountable partition system that allows employees to easily restructure and repurpose the many open areas of an office.
September 01, 2022 | By Scott Star
How the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s FAA Airport Terminals Program Will Impact U.S. Airports
Here’s how the first $1 billion in funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's FAA Airport Terminals Program is being used to improve the traveler experience — and how other airports can take advantage of these new opportunities.
August 30, 2022 | By Derrick Choi
Amenities at the Edge: Where the Workplace Meets the Street
We have an opportunity to reimagine the ground floor of our cities — reinventing sidewalk-facing storefronts to serve the community, not just the daytime workforce.
August 29, 2022 | By Brian Stromquist
How Local Governments Are Transforming Green Building Policies — and How to Prepare
Here is a primer on where green building policies came from, what they mean, and where they’re likely to go in the future.
August 18, 2022 | By Emily Low, Abram Goodrich
Embracing Senior Living in the Urban Mix
In the next 20 years, the over-65 population will double — meaning seniors will make up an even bigger part of our urban communities. We need to reconsider the place that active aging and senior living developments can play in the urban mix.
August 17, 2022 | By Michael Hendershot
Together, EVs, AVs, and Multimodal Transportation Will Create More Vibrant Cities
We want the act of moving around our cities and communities to be convenient, quick, clean, accessible, and inclusive. So what does that look like, both today and in the years to come?
August 15, 2022 | By Andy Cohen
The Future of Work Is Seasonal
Our lives are influenced by seasonal and cyclical events, so what if our work behaviors followed suit? We explore the possibilities of seasonal work.
August 09, 2022 | By Brian Stromquist, Louis Schump
Are People the New Workplace Amenity?
Being with people may be the new workplace amenity — and a compelling reason to draw people back to the office for those that haven’t returned.
August 08, 2022 | By Janet Pogue McLaurin
What Workplace Can Learn From Airports
The best airports put a hyper focus on the passenger experience, so what if we leveraged the same lessons from the best in aviation design to enhance the workplace? Here are five lessons from aviation design to create a more seamless, equitable workplace experience.
August 08, 2022 | By Melissa Mizell
There’s No Place Like the Office: Infusing Hospitality Design Into the Workplace
In this episode of the Gensler Design Exchange podcast, we discuss the importance of infusing hospitality design into workplaces to turn offices into a destination, rather than an obligation.
August 05, 2022
Can the 20-Minute City Encourage Gender Parity?
The 20-minute city framework can help us think about what steps we can take to make the zones that are set aside mostly for work more livable and the zones that are delegated to home more welcoming for work.
August 04, 2022 | By Julie Jackson
The Housing Crisis: Finding Hope in Innovation
The pandemic changed the demand for housing in many U.S. cities, exacerbating the nationwide housing crisis in the process. For residential architects and designers to make a difference in our communities, we must embrace innovative solutions like modular construction, adaptive reuse, and progressive legislation.
August 03, 2022 | By Holly Arnold
What Sports Venues Must Do to Be Tomorrow’s Cultural and Economic Anchors
We will soon see sports and entertainment venues designed to be seamlessly integrated into districts. For both renovations and new venues, outward-facing activation will be key.
August 03, 2022 | By Andrew Jacobs
How Affinity Districts Find Purpose in a Transactional World
Affinity districts offer an alternative to the purely transactional approach of selecting a place to live or work and herald a return to values-based planning and urban design.
August 02, 2022 | By Nate Cherry, Christopher Rzomp
How LinkedIn’s Omaha Headquarters Fosters Community and Equity
Designing a thoughtful brand experience that brings the right stories to life is a powerful tool in building engagement and alignment between employee and employer purpose, and this is exemplified in LinkedIn’s new Omaha headquarters.
August 01, 2022 | By Janice Cavaliere
Is Mass Timber the American South’s Best Kept Secret? Not for Long.
The southeast United States is emerging as a serious contender in the mass timber market, where several large-scale campus projects are poised to redefine sustainable architecture.
July 29, 2022 | By Katie Mesia, Vaki Mawema, Casey Farren
How Brands Can Amplify a Purpose-Driven Culture
We know that purpose is a key factor in building a strong culture, a driver of organizational success and employee engagement. So how can organizations have the biggest impact on engagement right now? Here are three ways that brands can create a purpose-driven culture.
July 27, 2022 | By Janice Cavaliere, Tana Hall
Shopping Malls Are Dying — Here's How to Bring Them Back to Life
Malls are not necessarily dead; what’s changing is the expectation of what they should or could be.
July 27, 2022 | By Andrew Gallici
Hybrid Retail: 6 Principles for Meaningful Customer Engagement
Physical retail is more essential than ever when it comes to building meaningful connections with customers, but a mindset shift is necessary as we move forward. Here are six principles for retailers to engage with customers in an increasingly hybrid world.
July 26, 2022 | By Corey Dehus
Product Design Gets Graphic:
A Story of Life Safety
Many clients want custom glass graphics, but the cost can be significant, and the process can take months. Gensler’s Product Development and Brand Design leaders partnered with a trusted manufacturer to create a prepackaged program that offers a practical and convenient solution for projects where budget and timing are tight.
July 21, 2022 | By Scott Star
The Path Ahead: Leveraging Lessons for the Future of PreK-12 Learning
After more than two very challenging years for education, the question in front of us now is: what lessons have been learned about our children’s education and the role of schools in our communities?
July 21, 2022 | By Clay Jackson
Optimizing Hybrid Meetings for Neurodiversity and Inclusion at Work
Here are some inclusive design guidelines for hybrid meetings to benefit all participants — whether they’re virtual or in person, and regardless of their age, disability, gender identity, race, neurodiversity, socioeconomic status, culture, or workstyle.
July 18, 2022 | By Jake deHahn
How Inside-Out Design Can Boost the Cultural Experience
Designing spaces that are meant for the public requires a different approach — one that is bespoke, transparent, and equitable.
July 14, 2022 | By Bevin Savage-Yamazaki, Brian Nicodemus
4 Strategies for Amplifying Health and Well-being in Residence Halls
Gensler’s design for an on-campus housing project for CSULB takes a holistic approach to sustainability, focusing on student health, well-being, and equity.
July 13, 2022 | By Donna Barry, Heidi Hampton
What Senior Living Has to Say about Health and Well-Being in Design
Almost by definition, senior living design prioritizes health and well-being in ways that should be automatic for all types of design — but aren’t. The practice forces us to think deeply about the experience of the end user without taking their abilities for granted. These lessons grounded in health research should inform every project on which we work.
July 13, 2022 | By Tama Duffy Day
Redefining Learning for the 21st Century
Right now, we have the perfect opportunity to reassess the learning process and take a broader view of what it means to be a learner in the post-pandemic age.
July 12, 2022 | By Richard Jacob
Why It’s Time to Demand More From Our Workplace Experience
Here are 10 considerations for reimagining the workplace to deliver more from technology, be bold on resilience, and enhance our humanity, health, and communities.
July 11, 2022 | By Elizabeth Brink, Natalie Engels, J. Kevin Heinly, Janet Pogue McLaurin
A YMCA Facility Reconceptualized to Prioritize Wellness and Community
As a facility that had to be reconceptualized and designed during the pandemic, the Holcomb Family YMCA in Spring, Texas is designed to help members maintain healthy lifestyles and stay connected with the community.
July 07, 2022 | By Tiger Lyon
Driving Inclusivity in Digital Content
We engaged an array of diverse content creators — experts who work with digital content from many angles — to collaboratively explore the topic of inclusivity and help us create a shared perspective on how we can evolve both the way we work, and the work itself. Here is what we heard.
July 07, 2022 | By Nick Hubbard, Bonnie Reese, Sarah DiLeo
How to Design Practice Facilities Centered on Athletes’ Mental Health
Today’s sports training facilities and performance centers are placing more emphasis on supporting spaces that are focused on mental health, an important factor in an athlete's development and overall success.
July 05, 2022 | By Kristin Byrd
Behind the G: Approaches to Leadership
Behind the G is an opportunity for graduates in the London and Birmingham offices to meet and learn about the people at Gensler, the practice, and its culture
June 27, 2022 | By Sharaye Campbell, Ethan Kitto, Tobi Sobowale, Fanis Violentis
3 Steps for Setting the Stage for a Successful Hybrid Meeting
With hybrid work now a fixture of our professional lives, here are some best practices for creating a more seamless, effective hybrid meeting experience.
June 23, 2022 | By Bonnie Reese
Houston’s First Innovation District Is Established With an Adaptive Reuse Approach
Reimagined to include Class A office space, shared workspace, classrooms, a lab, and maker space, the Ion launches a new, community-centered nucleus of innovation.
June 22, 2022 | By Vince Flickinger
3 Considerations for Rethinking NYC Office Buildings
With outdated properties seeing higher vacancy rates and less interest in leasing activity, here are three considerations to rethink the potential of New York City office buildings.
June 21, 2022 | By Joseph Lauro
What We've Learned by Assessing More Than 300 Potential Office-to-Residential Conversions
With office vacancies increasing and confidence in Class C buildings declining in multiple markets across North America, we’ve developed a process for quickly evaluating existing office buildings to determine if they make good candidates for multifamily residential conversions.
June 16, 2022 | By Steven Paynter
5 Ways ESG Can Influence Design and Create Opportunities
Here’s how we’re expanding our understanding of ESG metrics so we can tangibly quantify the positive impacts design innovations can bring.
June 15, 2022 | By Stacey Olson, Audrey Handelman, Anthony Brower
Revitalizing Stranded Assets to Build Vibrant Suburban Districts
With the recent population shift toward suburban areas, civic leaders and real estate developers have an opportunity to create synergistic communities beyond urban downtowns that offer places for people to live, work, and play.
June 14, 2022 | By Joseph Brancato
Climate Disclosure Mandates Will Irreversibly Transform Real Estate — and Supercharge the Low-Carbon Market
It has become clear that investors, driven by tenant demand and regulations, will be the force pushing the decarbonization of commercial real estate.
June 13, 2022 | By Diane Hoskins
A Framework for Fostering Climate Resilience and Preparedness in the Built Environment
Within Gensler's U.S. Climate Action Survey 2022, we introduce a new roadmap for climate action through design that is anchored by four pillars: environment, economy, experience, and equity.
June 10, 2022 | By Rives Taylor, Anita Grabowska
What Gensler’s 2022 City Pulse Survey Says About Hybrid Work and Urban Life
Findings from Gensler’s Spring 2022 City Pulse Survey show that people with remote work arrangements still tend to prefer city living — and that supporting flexible and hybrid work strategies at the city level is an opportunity to catalyze the rebirth of our downtowns and neighborhoods.
June 09, 2022 | By Sofia Song, Stella Donovan
5 Strategies for Converting Retail and Office Space into Ambulatory Surgery Centers
Leveraging spaces that historically have been retail or office provides an opportunity to expand services offered and reach where consumers are pursuing outpatient care. To convert vacant or underutilized properties into facilities that support a positive and efficient experience for both patients and staff, here are five strategies to consider.
June 07, 2022 | By Amy Carter, Susan Sakiyabu
Product Design Takes
a Bathroom Break
Hygiene enhancement is a cardinal objective when designing most products intended for public restrooms, but it’s not the only way to bolster end user confidence and comfort.
June 06, 2022 | By Scott Star
The Impacts of Affordability, Remote Work, and Personal Safety on Urban Life
How are factors like affordability, remote work opportunities, and personal safety affecting people’s attitudes towards urban life? Gensler’s Spring 2022 City Pulse Survey examines how cities can meet the needs of all residents, now and in the future.
June 01, 2022 | By Sofia Song
Living (and Thriving) at the Edge of Technology
Edge computing, which locates more processing power closer to the end user, has the potential to improve performance, reduce costs, and help fuel the growth of next-generation technologies and applications.
May 27, 2022 | By Brion Sargent
How an Iconic Houston Park Helped Spark the Development of Downtown
The creation of parks and access to the outdoors has singlehandedly changed the way downtown Houston is accessed and utilized.
May 26, 2022 | By Maria Perez
How Willis Tower’s Repositioning Is Unlocking New Value and Reenergizing Chicago
Gensler’s Todd Heiser and Michael Townsend discuss “creating a building that is not about work, but about life” at the reimagined Willis Tower — a 2022 Winner of AIA Chicago’s prestigious Design Excellence Awards.
May 26, 2022
Mixed Use, Public Space, and the Future of Central Business Districts
In a one-year period between July 2020 and July 2021, the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) population grew by nearly 100,000. With this influx of people to the suburbs, and remote and hybrid work landscapes here to stay, the question becomes: how do Central Business Districts (CBDs) reinvent themselves to respond?
May 23, 2022 | By Kevin Turner
How to Make Your Office an Experience Multiplier
The new office must be an experience multiplier, a destination rather than an obligation. But how do you create that kind of place? Here are six strategies to make it happen.
May 17, 2022 | By Andy Cohen
How the Intersection of Architecture and Mobility Will Shape the Cities of Tomorrow
It’s clear that cities around the world need new ideas and fresh thinking to improve life and prepare for the challenges of today and tomorrow. Recognizing a shared interest in solving for these complex urban mobility challenges, BMW Designworks and Gensler came together to explore a new range of design ideas for urban living in a project called Architecture X Mobility.
May 16, 2022 | By Jordan Goldstein, Neil Brooker
If Rush Hour Goes Away, How Should Public Transit Adapt?
A successful future for public transportation is likely to consist of highly fluid service that supports more trips throughout the typical day than just the daily commute.
May 12, 2022 | By David Zaidain
Building a Better Academic Workplace
The 1,000-year-old academic workplace might finally have reached its breaking point — here's how to reengineer it in a smarter way.
May 10, 2022 | By David Craig, Melany Park
The Key to Attracting and Retaining Talent Is Your Office Design
Now that more employees are returning to the office, we're observing changes in how the workplace is being used. Enhanced technology, a focus on employee well-being, and flexible layouts are contributing to a new, post-pandemic office ecosystem, which can help attract and retain talent.
May 09, 2022 | By Robin Klehr Avia
The Evolution of an Icon: Creating a New Experience at theMART
An inside look at theMART’s evolution as it takes on a new relevance to best serve the design and business communities of Chicago and beyond.
May 05, 2022 | By Todd Heiser, Lily Diego
Hybrid Is Here to Stay: 5 Considerations for Creating a Better Hybrid Experience
Here are five reasons why hybrid work is here to stay, including design implications for creating compelling, people-centric hybrid experiences.
May 02, 2022 | By Janet Pogue McLaurin
3 Key Strategies to Build Your Brand and Culture in a Reimagined Future
Here are three key drivers of change and areas of focus for brands to reset and realign with people’s needs in a changing world.
April 29, 2022 | By Jennifer Hamilton
How Emerging New Workplace Realities Will Drive Corporate Real Estate Strategies
Coupled with Gensler’s workplace research, our survey of CRE executives offers valuable insights on return to office timing, the long-term impact on corporate real estate footprints, employer policies, and more.
April 29, 2022 | By Janet Pogue McLaurin
Cultivating a Food Resilient Future
Our research on food resilience started out with the focus on rethinking urban agriculture, identifying 12 opportunity areas where urban farms can be integrated into our cities.
April 27, 2022 | By JinXi Ng
Preparing for a Resilient Future Through Climate Action
Gensler’s Co-CEOs discuss how research-based design strategies can help cities and communities adapt to the changing climate.
April 27, 2022 | By Andy Cohen, Diane Hoskins
The Case for Mass Timber: How First United Bank Is Creating a More Sustainable Future
Gensler’s design for several First United Bank projects in Texas and Oklahoma highlight the potential of mass timber as a sustainable, low-carbon material.
April 26, 2022 | By Taylor Coleman
Designing an Innovation District for the City of Austin
Austin’s Innovation District brings together education, entertainment, leisure, and sports. This type of urban, mixed-use center brings in new business and diverse populations, while dynamically enhancing the culture of a city.
April 25, 2022 | By Todd Runkle
5 Things Developers Should Know About Mass Timber
With its inherent structural integrity and positive impact on carbon emissions, mass timber can make a big impact in tackling climate action in the built environment.
April 21, 2022 | By Erik Barth
Why Designing for Climate Action and Sustainability Is an Imperative
In this interview, we sat down with global leaders for Gensler’s new Climate Action & Sustainability practice to discuss what’s next for climate action and sustainable design.
April 19, 2022 | By Anthony Brower, Kirsten Ritchie
Built to Last: Improving Our Airports With the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
With the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law criteria for next-generation air traffic control towers and terminals focusing on renewal, carbon neutrality, and resiliency, we are reminded that the most sustainable buildings should be built to last.
April 15, 2022 | By Derrick Choi
Inclusive Product Design:
Everyone Has a Seat at the Table
With careful planning and thoughtful design, the conference room experience will be seamless for all users, no individual will feel singled out, and everyone will get the most out of the space. Everyone will have a seat at the table.
April 15, 2022 | By Scott Star
How the Building Industry Can Respond to the Terrible, No-Good, Very-Bad IPCC Report
The solutions we must embrace are not aimed at the 1% of iconic sustainable buildings, but rather they are intended to help us return to basic strategies across 99% of existing and future developments.
April 14, 2022 | By Anthony Brower
The Next Phase for Climate Action: An Embodied Carbon Revolution
We are working to influence the building industry by sparking greater demand for sustainable building materials and products to trigger a sea change by decreasing carbon emissions and improving the resilience of global supply chains.
April 14, 2022 | By Andy Cohen
Gensler Voices: Joseph Joseph on Creating a Career in Digital Innovation
We sat down with Joseph Joseph, Gensler’s global director of Design Technology, to ask him about his career path and the impact that design and architecture can have on our communities and the human experience.
April 11, 2022
Oakland’s Office Space Resurgence: Stitching the Old With the New for a Resilient Future
Oakland is continuing the transformation of its downtown urban core with a series of historic commercial building renovations that are driving a resurgence for creative office space and civic life.
April 08, 2022 | By Manan Shah
5 Ways to Rethink the Future of Residential Development and Design
Gensler’s Residential Experience Index unpacks the fundamental question: what makes a great living experience? Here are five key findings from our research that demonstrate how we’re rethinking the future of residential development.
April 06, 2022 | By Michelle DeCurtis, Kyle Sellers
Net Zero Design Is the Key to Building a Resilient, Post-Pandemic Future
As we re-envision the way that buildings, developments, and even cities promote health, we must reimagine how the built environment supports the long-term resilience of our communities, livelihoods, and resources.
April 04, 2022 | By Andy Cohen
How Inclusive Design Supports Resilience and Climate Preparedness
We have an opportunity to design places that are inclusive for all people that can also promote resilience and make preparedness more accessible in the face of natural disasters and other climate change events.
April 01, 2022 | By Gail Napell
10 Considerations for Transitioning Back to Work in a Post-COVID-19 World
Here are 10 considerations, tools, and methodologies for creating a better workplace experience and attracting people back to the office in a post-pandemic world.
March 31, 2022 | By Cindy Coleman, Don Ricker
Visualizing Workplace Social Networks in Order to Drive Better Real Estate Decisions
Organizational network analysis (ONA) is an objective tool that can be used to understand how ideas and information flow among people in an organization. Here’s how we’re visualizing communication patterns to help drive better decisions about workplace real estate.
March 30, 2022 | By Nadia Volchansky, Amin Mojtahedi
Understanding Supply Chain Challenges and Opportunities in Design and Construction
In this episode of the Gensler Design Exchange podcast, project management and technical experts offer insights and suggestions for making the design and construction process as smooth as possible.
March 22, 2022
The Future of the 20-Minute City
The “20-minute city” fosters connectivity to everyday resources by design. By designing through an ESG lens, we can create healthy, walkable communities for everyone.
March 21, 2022 | By Stacey Olson
Product Design With the World in Mind: Just What the Doctor Ordered
As one of the largest specifiers of furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FF&E), many of our product design clients have started asking for our reporting requirements for embodied carbon so they, as manufacturers, can be more responsive to the needs of our architecture and interiors projects.
March 18, 2022 | By Scott Star, David Briefel
To Reinvigorate Downtown Cores, Developers Should Adopt a Mixed-Use Mindset
To retain and attract post-pandemic tenants in urban cores, developers will need to adopt a mixed-use mindset, with a focus on the human experience first.
March 17, 2022 | By Dean Strombom
How TK Elevator’s New Headquarters Spurs Connectivity Through Experiential Design
TK Elevator’s recently completed North American Complex merges experiential design with interactive spaces to achieve heightened brand awareness and amplify its connection with its neighbors.
March 15, 2022 | By Debora Novarini, Jerry Alexander
What the Workplace Sector Can Learn From Retail’s 20+ Years of Designing Hybrid Experiences
In an increasingly hybrid world, offices, retail stores, and other physical places need to bring people together and create community. Now, as the office is at a pivotal point in its evolution, here are four lessons that the office sector can take from retail in designing hybrid experiences.
March 15, 2022 | By Lara Marrero
Modular by Design: The Promise of Prefab for Expressive Design
Designers are pushing the perceived limitations of modular construction as a way to build efficiently and safely while preserving time, cost, and materials. Explore prefab modular design for three residential high-rise projects in Los Angeles.
March 11, 2022 | By J.T. Theeuwes
3 Guidelines for Making Hybrid Meetings Work for You
For hybrid meetings to work, meeting formats shouldn’t just be an afterthought; to achieve an effective hybrid engagement for everyone, we need the right setup, the right facilitation, and the right purpose.
March 10, 2022 | By Priscilla Teh
Understanding Changes in Project Costs Is Crucial to Designing Great Workplaces
For workplace developers, designers, and tenants who are rethinking the office in response to new ways of working, today’s cost challenges are particularly acute. Gensler’s 2022 U.S. Workplace Interiors Insights Report offers a deep look into today’s dynamic cost conditions, providing a path toward meaningful and actionable measures.
March 09, 2022 | By Andrew Starr
Design Strategies for Transitioning Back to Reopening
Across many parts of the globe, we are seeing mask and vaccine mandates being lifted. All this signals positive news for individuals and companies looking to get back to something resembling life in 2019.
March 08, 2022 | By Diane Hoskins, Andy Cohen
Adaptive Reuse Brings New Vibrancy to Silicon Valley’s State Street Market
Adaptive reuse was a critical sustainable design strategy in designing the new State Street Market in Los Altos, California, transforming a dormant building into a vibrant community hub.
March 07, 2022 | By Brian Corbett
Inclusive by Nature, Impelling by Nurture: The Future of the Tech Workplace
As tech companies plot their partial return to the workplace, some are ready to embrace our latest challenge: How we take insights from the past two years and use them to design joyful, inclusive work environments?
March 01, 2022 | By Brian Stromquist
Reimagining Mass Housing Developments in Sub-Saharan Africa Through a Circular Cities Lens
Challenges to deliver adequate housing in a sustainable manner touch every corner of the globe, but nowhere is the situation more urgent than in Africa. For future African cities to be global magnets and domestic havens, it will be necessary to approach mass housing with a more resilient, regenerative, and circular mindset.
March 01, 2022 | By Tony Okoye, Carlos Cubillos
Leveraging Corporate Partnerships to Color Our Communities
In this episode of the Gensler Design Exchange podcast, we explore the power of corporate partnerships and youth development programming in strengthening support for our communities.
February 28, 2022
Multiuse, Connected, and Resilient Buildings Will Win Tomorrow’s Tenants
In this episode of the Gensler Design Exchange, design and development experts discuss how buildings can stand out and be more resilient in today’s competitive market.
February 25, 2022
Why the New Workplace Ecosystem Is Key to the Future of Work
As we think about the future of work, consider a new workplace ecosystem — a Swiss Army knife approach to choosing the whole suite of places and spaces that provide the best environment for the work at hand.
February 24, 2022 | By Janet Pogue McLaurin
New Gensler Workplace Survey Findings: Employee Expectations for Future Office Design and Culture
In this episode of the Gensler Design Exchange podcast, Gensler workplace experts share key findings from Gensler’s latest U.S. Workplace Survey and offer insights for a more meaningful future of work.
February 23, 2022
3 Lessons From Today’s Students That Will Shape the Future Workplace
Coupling findings from Gensler’s Workplace Survey and Education Engagement Index research, we’ve identified three key findings that the future workplace cannot ignore
February 22, 2022 | By Patricia Nobre, Erin Cubbison, Meghan Webster, Janet Pogue McLaurin
Gensler Voices: Thokozani Mabena on How His Career Was Forged in Adversity
In the face of challenges, Thokozani Mabena, a Design Strategist in Portland, has remained true to his vision of himself and used lessons learned from adversity to become a source of positivity and inspiration.
February 17, 2022 | By Brenden Jackson, Thokozani Mabena
Gensler Voices: Heidi Davis on Why Diverse Teams Can Create New Narratives
We asked Heidi Davis, HR Director, Gensler’s North Central Region, to reflect on her career journey and the impact that design and architecture can have on our communities and the human experience.
February 16, 2022
A Workplace Designed for Trust and Empowerment
As the first new workplace designed to fully align with LinkedIn’s future vision, the company's Omaha, Nebraska offices point the way to what a fully dynamic, hybrid work environment looks like.
February 15, 2022 | By Randy Howder
Innovation Districts, Affinity Districts, and the City of the Future
There is a spectrum of innovation happening within cities because of market changes, behaviors around COVID, and technological innovation. Here's a look at how innovation is happening at a variety of scales, from affinity districts, to innovation districts.
February 14, 2022 | By Nate Cherry
The Future of the Museum Experience: Diverse, Inclusive, and Digital
In this episode of the Gensler Design Exchange podcast, we explore how museums are adapting to changing visitor expectations in an increasingly digital world.
February 09, 2022 | By Bevin Savage-Yamazaki
Using Design Technology to Evolve Outpatient Healthcare Delivery
As providers consider the future of their outpatient facilities, the ability to consider a range of design alternatives quickly and at scale is particularly important. Using gFloorz 2.0, the newest computational product within Gensler’s design technology NFORM™ ecosystem, we are taking our clients on an engaging data-driven design journey.
February 08, 2022 | By Joseph Joseph, Scot Latimer
The Key Elements of Successful Innovation Districts
What are the core fundamentals of innovation districts, and what makes them successful? People, place, and partnerships are key.
February 07, 2022 | By Nate Cherry
The Trends Shaping the Future of Hospitality
What are the biggest trends impacting hotel operators in the next five years? Gensler Hospitality Leader Tom Ito discusses what’s next for hospitality design.
February 04, 2022
A Resilient Office Is an Occupied Office
In order to thrive, our downtown cores and buildings need to become more resilient, adaptable, and multiuse — considering efficient use of space and time as valuable factors in the resilience equation.
February 03, 2022 | By Astrid Hugo, Luke Askwith, Marta de Prisco
The Future of ESG in Architecture
A team at Gensler is changing the challenge of measuring the impact of ESG goals by developing design guidance and strategy to add clarity and specificity to ESG metrics.
February 02, 2022 | By Anthony Brower, Audrey Handelman, Stacey Olson
Unlocking Workplace Purpose Starts With Self-Awareness
Companies that are making the most successful decisions about their workplaces are not following a prescriptive method or imitating others. They are doing what is right for them, responding to the specific needs of their business and employees.
February 01, 2022 | By Corina Ocanto
The Lab Building of the Future is NEXT
The traditional method of designing new science buildings needs to evolve from what the building looks like, to how it needs to be optimized for each tenant.
January 25, 2022 | By Chad Yoshinobu
Designing an Equitable and Connected Airport Experience for Every Traveler
As travel resumes, what can airport travelers expect now, and what's next? In this episode of the Gensler Design Exchange podcast, four Gensler aviation industry experts explore how the pandemic has introduced airport design innovations in health, wellness, technology, and equity.
January 24, 2022
Learning From Home: 3 Key Lessons for the Future of PreK-12 Learning
How can the experience of working, parenting, teaching, and learning from home inform opportunities for future learning environments? Here are three key insights.
January 18, 2022 | By Clay Jackson, Kathryn Decker, Tommy Walborn
Product Design ‘Cleans Up’ and Office Hygiene Gets a Boost
For most workers, COVID-related office hygiene and cleaning protocols are playing a role in their decision to go back to the office. Gensler’s Product Development practice has a range of initiatives to help organizations take office hygiene to the next level.
January 10, 2022 | By Scott Star
How Are Companies and Employees Planning for the Future of the Office?
Amid a constantly evolving pandemic, how are companies and employees planning for a return to the office? Gensler's workplace survey research offers some insights.
January 06, 2022 | By Janet Pogue McLaurin, Stephanie Benkert
Recruiting Robotics Against Climate Change
As part of the Department of Energy’s E-ROBOT initiative, we teamed up with a group of roboticists and builders to develop a flexible new tool and data platform that can streamline and simplify adaptive reuse and retrofit projects.
January 05, 2022 | By Anirudh Dhawan, Alfonso Hernandez
4 Key Insights Shaping the Future of Innovation Districts
What are the core fundamentals of how innovation districts work, and how is the industry changing as a result of COVID and market dynamics? Here are four key insights into the future of innovation districts.
January 04, 2022 | By Nate Cherry
Why is the Outlook on Telehealth So Complicated?
Telehealth was at the forefront of healthcare consults during the pandemic, but we’re not hearing enough on lessons learned.
December 22, 2021 | By Kyle Sellers, Nicholas Watkins
Real Estate Repositioning Priorities for Relevance and Purpose in a Changing World
The principles of flexibility, adaptability, and well-being are becoming vital in the attraction of future tenants and their employees, who will demand more balanced ways of working and living. Here are our 10 core principles that drive our work on repositioning and reuse projects.
December 21, 2021 | By Harry Cliffe Roberts, Alex Fuente
Using Technology to Help Solve Persistent Accessibility Problems in Public Transit
For the millions of individuals with visual, cognitive, or mobility challenges, accessing stations via elevators or even physically boarding a train or bus are still real daily concerns. Thirty one years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we are not where we should be.
December 21, 2021 | By David Zaidain
The Trends Redefining Sports Venues in 2022 and Beyond
Every fan coming to the game expects a higher level of experience. So, how can sports venue design enhance the spectator experience?
December 20, 2021 | By Keith Collins, Ryan Sickman
Trends Shaping the Future of Mixed Use and Retail Centers
Mixed use spaces are in demand because mixed use provides flexibility, diversity, and a range of experiences. So, what’s next for mixed-use developments?
December 20, 2021 | By J.F. Finn, III, Beatriz De Paz
3 Trends That Are Here to Stay in 2022
In January, Gensler will release Design Forecast 2022, an annual publication that dives deep into the latest trends driving industry and business. Grounded in our research and client work, this report offers guidance for businesses in the year ahead. Here is a preview of a few design trends we anticipate rising to the fore in 2022.
December 17, 2021 | By Diane Hoskins, Andy Cohen
What’s Next for Developers Looking to Reposition Real Estate Assets
Developers are looking to make transformational investments to ensure their assets are future proof. So, what’s next for office building repositioning and landlord services projects?
December 17, 2021 | By Ian Zapata, Sheryl Schulze
How Architects and Designers Can Continue to Prioritize Inclusivity in 2022
Roger Smith and Lisa Cholmondeley, co-directors of Gensler’s Center for Research on Equity and the Built Environment, talk about designing for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and what lies ahead.
December 16, 2021 | By Lisa Cholmondeley, Roger Smith
Year in Review: Top 5 Topics of 2021
Throughout the year, we explored the responsibility we have as an industry to ensure the future health and safety of our cities and communities through the power of design. Here are our five biggest trends and topics from a year of rebuilding and reconnection.
December 16, 2021
What Urban Residents Say About COVID Variants, Wellness, and Cities
As the pandemic continues to evolve, what does the future of cities look like? Our City Pulse Survey offers some insights.
December 10, 2021 | By Sofia Song, Stephanie Benkert
A Living Lab: Our Experience Designing Gensler Miami’s New Hybrid Office
Gensler Miami’s new hybrid office eschews traditional workplace planning methods to create an office space crafted around purpose and engagement.
December 07, 2021 | By Diana Farmer-Gonzalez
How Hospitality Can Revamp Financial Services and Professional Services Firms
By infusing the future workplace with hospitality-inspired design, firms can create a purpose-driven environment that empowers employees, nurtures client relationships, and provides a competitive edge for attracting talent.
December 07, 2021 | By Siobhan Barry, Anna Crittenden
Distribution Center Design and Last-Mile Logistics
Here are five considerations for setting up a successful logistics center that will meet the challenges in last-mile delivery.
December 03, 2021 | By Brion Sargent, Rick Ferrara
Why Inclusive Design Is a Critical Advantage in the War for Talent
For companies who are looking to compete in the war for talent by delivering a positive employee experience, inclusive design is a critical consideration.
December 02, 2021 | By Gail Napell
Cities Are Rebounding, But Their Relationship With Residents Is Changing
For the first time since we began surveying global city residents in May 2020 — during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic — living satisfaction is finally on the rise.
December 01, 2021 | By Sofia Song, Stephanie Benkert
Delivering the Future at Pittsburgh International Airport
COVID-19 has exposed the need to think about air terminals as open, porous environments instead of sealed, secure boxes designed only for the passenger. New expectations and needs for our airports mean they will evolve into multifaceted centers of activity for passengers, staff and the community at large.
November 30, 2021 | By Ty Osbaugh
How the New SFO Terminal Reflects the Needs of Travelers Post-Pandemic
San Francisco International Airport's (SFO) Harvey Milk Terminal 1 already was undergoing a complete transformation long before the advent of COVID-19. But when passengers take to the skies this fall, they will find a myriad of enhancements designed to make their experience more comfortable and efficient.
November 29, 2021 | By Ryan Fetters, Scott Dunlap
2022 and Beyond: Unlocking What’s Next for Consumer Experiences
What are the future opportunities that brands should consider when designing retail and consumer experiences, both in the short-term and long-term? We asked a few of our retail leaders to share their insights.
November 23, 2021 | By Lara Marrero, Aaron Birney
Why Digital Transformation Is Critical for Retailers to Remain Relevant
In the months and years ahead, it will be critical for brands to understand the lasting effects from the global pandemic across customer experience (CX) expectations, in-store adaptations, and digital engagement. Here are three key adaptations for retailers to embrace digital transformation and remain relevant in a post-pandemic world.
November 23, 2021 | By Ryan Kellogg
How Social Interactions Will Drive Retail Forward
The new retail environment will require an integrated design approach that will spark the social interactions we seek. Here are three key space considerations to support this.
November 22, 2021 | By Michael Gatti, Joseph Fulco
3 Urban Planning Trends That Will Shape How We Live in the Endemic-COVID Era
Planners and strategists will play a key role in developing better, more targeted, community-oriented design solutions. Here are three trends that will continue to inform our planning practice.
November 18, 2021 | By Nate Cherry
From Parklets to Placemaking: Reimagining the Future of San Antonio
Parklets and other temporary design explorations can lead to more permanent solutions for creative placemaking, as well as increased pedestrian engagement and well-being in urban landscapes.
November 12, 2021 | By Dick Lew, Jonathan Olvera
Reflecting on the First Year of Black Lives and Design Grants
Gensler’s Black Lives and Design grants fund research dedicated to addressing systemic racism, unconscious bias, and social justice.
November 10, 2021 | By Roger Smith, Lisa Cholmondeley
5 Trends CRE Leaders Can Use to Reimagine a New Workplace Reality
Here are five trends commercial real estate leaders are evaluating to drive business performance, innovation, and employee engagement.
November 07, 2021 | By Janet Pogue McLaurin, Natalie Engels
How Companies Are Using the Office to Transition to the New Reality
By giving employees the power to tailor their own experience, we can create an office that’s ready for multiple futures.
November 05, 2021 | By Robin Klehr Avia
The Future of Work Is Flexible
What does the future of work look like? If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that the future is flexible, and we must stay nimble so we can adapt to constantly evolving community conditions.
November 04, 2021 | By Amanda Carroll, Rocco Giannetti
Fighting Climate Injustice: 10 Strategies for Action
Gensler and the American Institute of Architects are both committed to an ambitious agenda in the fight against climate change. Climate justice refines that approach to ensure that no one community is unfairly impacted by the burden of climate change.
November 03, 2021 | By Anthony Brower
Navigating the Circular Economy: How Reusing Materials Saves Costs and Lowers Embodied Carbon
Now is the time for companies to take a proactive role in decreasing the amount of carbon associated with materials in a building’s lifecycle and reducing the amount of debris and waste going into landfills.
November 03, 2021 | By Marcus Hopper
The Case for Adaptive Reuse: How the Link Drives Sustainable Design Strategies in Downtown Denver
Through the tactical use of design, we transformed a dated, 1960s-era telecom office tower into a creative, modern, mixed-use office building at a fraction of the embodied carbon cost compared to building new.
November 01, 2021 | By Alex Garrison
The Morphable Office: Envisioning the Future of the Office Through an ESG Lens
What does the future office building look like? Gensler's "Morphable Office" concept creates a compelling environment that draws people back to the office, but also appeals to their desire to address equity and climate change.
October 29, 2021 | By Darrel Fullbright, Duncan Lyons, Jim Stanislaski
Why Physical Brand Experiences Are More Effective
By manifesting a brand’s vision and values within the workplace, employees understand the company’s soul, connect with its purpose, and become its champions.
October 28, 2021 | By Scott Hickman, Laura Gralnick
Campus Masterplan 2.0: Including an Integrated Wellness Strategy
Today's student is different. By creating a network of engagements and reinforcements throughout a student’s daily journey, academic institutions can normalize wellness and shift it from a place to go, to a state of mind.
October 26, 2021 | By Cindy Coleman
Now Is the Time to Reinvest in Local Materials
COVID-19 could force us to improve construction's supply chain impact.
October 26, 2021 | By Rives Taylor
Designing Performance Centers to Promote Well-being for Athletes
The sports industry has shifted beyond pure training facilities to establish performance centers that take a more holistic approach to “total performance” through dedicated spaces that support everything from conditioning, to treatment, recovery, and rehabilitation.
October 21, 2021 | By Jonalyn Abraham
Embracing Collective Memory to Redress Injustice in Pittsburgh’s Lower Hill
Like so many predominantly Black urban centers in the U.S., Pittsburgh’s Hill District became a target for redlining and urban renewal programs that displaced thousands of people starting in the 1920s and ‘30s. By partnering with local organizations and community groups to create an inclusive, mixed-use linear park, Gensler’s plan for the Lower Hill District hopes to correct the injustices of the past.
October 14, 2021 | By Vaki Mawema, Peter Stubb
Reimagining Education Spaces: The Student Perspective
In summer 2020, we started conducting research focused on listening to and learning from high school students in New York City. In 2021, we collaborated with the college students and recent grads in our Gensler Summer Fellows program to amplify their voices and give them a platform to share their design ideas and lived experiences regarding the design of inclusive education spaces.
October 11, 2021 | By Sara Silvestri, Phillip Redpath, Margot Kleinman
How Younger Workers’ Preferences and Workstyles Will Define the Future Workplace
The preferences and workstyles of our younger workers will increasingly define the future of the workplace for everyone. How will this impact how we work? We uncovered some distinct generational differences for how generations prefer to work and how they value the office differently.
October 07, 2021 | By Janet Pogue McLaurin
Stranded Assets: Realizing the Potential of Old Malls and Abandoned Office Parks
How can designers transform these properties into destinations that have environmental, social, and economic benefits?
October 06, 2021 | By Joseph Brancato
The Future of Residential Design Must Balance Affordability, Satisfaction, and Experience
Among the factors impacting people’s decisions about where to live, what matters most? Gensler’s Residential Experience Index seeks to understand residents’ perspectives and uncover the factors driving housing satisfaction.
October 06, 2021 | By Leigh Cowan, Michelle DeCurtis, Rebecca Luong
Charting a Better Course for Senior Living
We want seniors' years to be imbued with activity, purpose, and interpersonal connection — which means that senior living’s future needs to be radically different. Here are four principles that can help us create that future.
October 05, 2021 | By Tama Duffy Day
Hospitality’s Growing Influence on Mid- to High-End Residential Design
Today’s consumers are looking for complementary services that can ease the burden of daily chores and enhance their overall living experience. Here are five hospitality-inspired approaches for residential developers and designers to remain competitive in the current landscape.
October 04, 2021 | By Gabriel Diaz
Gensler Voices: Deysy Cruz Escobar on Why Underrepresented Communities Should Have a Voice in Design
We sat down with Deysy Cruz Escobar, technical designer, Gensler Atlanta, to ask her about her career path and the impact that design and architecture can have on our communities and the human experience.
October 01, 2021
Gensler Voices: Alex Fernández on the Art of Drawing to Envision a Better Future
We sat down with Alex Fernandez, design director, Gensler Boston, to ask him about his career path and the impact that design and architecture can have on our communities and the human experience.
September 29, 2021
High-Tech, Low-Touch: Renavigating the Airport Customer Journey
Long airport lines aren’t just an inconvenience — they erode passenger confidence. Now, more than ever, airports must reinvent themselves for a more seamless curb-to-gate journey.
September 28, 2021 | By Derrick Choi, Ryan Kellogg
The Future of Live Music Venues
After analyzing pre-COVID trends, the industry’s pandemic response, and projections of post-vaccine preferences, we’ve identified six design and programmatic modifications that guide the development of the ideal music venue.
September 28, 2021 | By Kai Westermark, Stella Donovan
Beyond the Lab Module: What Scientists Want From New-Age Lab Buildings
We interviewed four scientists with varied fields of research about their workplace experiences to learn how designers can create environments that meet their expectations and needs — as well as support their new ways of working.
September 27, 2021 | By Dayita Kurvey, Erik Lustgarten
Rethinking Longevity in an Age-Inclusive World
Here are five strategies for reimagining longevity in an age-inclusive world.
September 23, 2021 | By Tama Duffy Day, Lester Yuen
3 Ways to Rethink the Outpatient Healthcare Experience
We’ve delivered a new national study on outpatient care — and here’s how we’re approaching things differently.
September 21, 2021 | By Nicholas Watkins, Kyle Sellers
Gensler Voices: María José Tasada on How People and Culture Drive Design
We sat down with María José Tasada, project architect, Gensler Chicago, to ask her about her career path and the impact that design and architecture can have on our communities and the human experience.
September 20, 2021
Here’s Why Employees at Top-Performing Companies Need the Office
Top-performing companies support flexibility and encourage remote work, but they also value the role of the physical workplace to bring their talent together to achieve great results.
September 14, 2021 | By Janet Pogue McLaurin
Designing a Workplace That Optimizes for Movement and Mobility
What would an office building that puts movement front and center be like? A new headquarters building designed for the American Physical Therapy Association explores that idea.
September 10, 2021 | By Abram Goodrich, Christian Amolsch, Shelly Mrstik
How to Create a Vibrant, Inclusive New City: The Story of Tysons, Virginia
Tysons, Virginia has a particular form of urbanism, one that simply isn’t replicated anywhere else. It has an uncommon diversity that goes beyond the surface level, and an inclusive architecture that sets a stage where life can be lived in a distinctly Tysons way.
September 08, 2021 | By Tony Okoye
Why Top-Performing Companies Are More Likely to Increase Their Real Estate Footprint Post-COVID
Even though delta changed the timeline, workers around the world still place a great deal of value in the physical workplace — and our newest data from the U.S. shows that people at the top performing companies in particular value the physical workplace and look forward to resuming in-person work.
September 07, 2021 | By Janet Pogue McLaurin
How AT&T’s Discovery District Is Transforming Dallas’ Urban Core
By creating an immersive, mixed-use destination, the AT&T Discovery District reimagines the headquarters as a magnetic new public space, while breathing new life into Dallas’ downtown core.
August 31, 2021 | By Dana Hamdan
Three International Lessons for U.S. Workplace Well-being
As organizations across the globe grapple with questions around the return to the workplace, figuring out how to adapt an organization’s culture is paramount. Here are three lessons from Paris, Sydney, and Tokyo.
August 27, 2021 | By Elizabeth Baudler
4 Ways Electric Mobility Will Reshape Our Cities
In the past few years, we've hit a tipping point for electric mobility. But the real game-changing story is largely being overlooked: electric vehicles have the potential to dramatically reshape our cities.
August 24, 2021 | By Dylan Jones
New Design and Infrastructure Projects Are Unlocking the Northeast Rail Corridor
It’s a pivotal time for infrastructure, and investing in the Northeast Corridor — the heaviest traveled rail corridor in North America — could unlock the east coast’s full potential.
August 24, 2021 | By David Zaidain
Justice, Equity & Design Dialogue Series: Conversations with Eden Robinson, Greg Hoffman, and Lesley Lokko
Our Justice, Equity & Design Dialogues are a call-to-action to take a leadership role in driving change within our firm and industry, and with our clients and in our communities to create lasting impact.
August 23, 2021
A Pandemic-Conscious Blueprint for Architecture
How uniform standards applied across the built environment can protect our communities from COVID-19 and future pandemics.
August 17, 2021 | By Madeline Burke-Vigeland, Benjamin Miko
Lessons From India: 4 Interventions to Inform the Future Workplace
Gensler’s India Return to Work Survey 2021 reveals that workers in India are embracing a hybrid work model — but they face unique challenges and opportunities.
August 12, 2021 | By Shravan Bendapudi, Smita Gupta
Meet the New 9-to-5: An Enhanced Approach to Hybrid Work
As we plot our returns to the workplace, there’s an urgent need to craft new routines that address the new behaviors that we’ve honed in during our respective remote work experiences.
August 11, 2021 | By Brian Stromquist
Why Understanding the BIPOC Student Experience Is Critical to the Future of Education
With a research grant from Gensler’s Center for Research on Equity and the Built Environment, this research aims to understand the complexities of urban education and its impact on the BIPOC student experience.
August 10, 2021 | By Stella Donovan, Sara Silvestri, Margot Kleinman, Phillip Redpath
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