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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 Willis Tower’s Repositioning Is Unlocking New Value and Reenergizing Chicago
Todd Heiser, co-managing director for Gensler Chicago, and Michael Townsend, Design Resilience leader for the firm’s Mixed Use & Retail Centers practice, talk about the adaptive reuse and renovation of Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower and one of the world’s tallest buildings.
May 26, 2022
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
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 for workers who crave authentic engagement and interaction.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
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
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 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
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
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
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 — and why it’s becoming an important part of our global portfolio.
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 intentionally to influence the building industry by sparking a greater demand for sustainable building materials and products. Our goal is to trigger a sea change by decreasing carbon emissions, improving the resilience of global supply chains, and bringing about a more sustainable future.
April 14, 2022 | By Andy Cohen
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Gensler Voices: Thokozani Mabena on How His Career Was Forged in Adversity
Thokozani Mabena, a Design Strategist in Portland, has faced challenges that would cause many people to wither. But by remaining true to his vision of himself, he was able to forge ahead and use lessons learned from his adversity to become a source of positivity and inspiration.
February 17, 2022 | By Brenden Jackson, Thokozani Mabena
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
Gensler Voices: Heidi Davis on Why Diverse Teams Can Create New Narratives
We sat down with Heidi Davis, HR Director, Gensler’s North Central Region, to ask her about her career path and the impact that design and architecture can have on our communities and the human experience.
February 16, 2022
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, David G. Broz
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
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
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
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
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, Cristi Moore
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 has reimagined the company’s 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
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
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
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
5 Considerations for Designing the Future of Higher Education
Learning has taken a hard hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the experience may lead to a future that is nothing like the past.
August 09, 2021 | By Erin Cubbison, Patricia Nobre, Kyle Sellers, Allison Bulgart
Why Circular Cities Play a Critical Role in Restoring Ecologies
To address pressing global challenges such as climate change, we must take a more regenerative, resilient approach to planning and developing our cities — one that is less linear, and more circular.
August 03, 2021 | By Carlos Cubillos, Daquan Zhou
Insights From Gensler’s 2021 City Pulse Survey and the Impact on Rising Cities
In this Gensler Design Exchange podcast episode, Gensler’s Global Cities Lead and regional leaders discuss how Gensler’s City Pulse Survey findings might impact the workplace, mobility, retail, culture, and entertainment for rising cities.
August 02, 2021
4 Emerging Patterns About Hybrid Work and the Future of the Office
As workers around the world continue to experiment with how and where they work in the face of ongoing uncertainty, Gensler's global Workplace Surveys uncover some universal truths and patterns about the hybrid future of work.
July 27, 2021 | By Janet Pogue McLaurin
Gensler Voices: Maddy Crippen Shares an Athlete’s Perspective on the Olympic Venue Experience
We sat down with Maddy Crippen, Southeast regional marketing director, to ask about her experiences at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, and the Olympic venue experience from the athlete’s perspective.
July 26, 2021
Q2 Stadium Celebrates Austin’s Local Roots With a Unique Stadium Design
Austin's Q2 Stadium is more than a stadium — it's a 365-day destination and community asset that capitalizes on the city’s cultural heritage, natural landscape, and tech-forward growth.
July 20, 2021 | By Jonathan Emmett
Designing a Climate-Ready Headquarters for FIS in Jacksonville
As we design adaptable sites and buildings along our coastlines, we must address these unique challenges in our project collaborations with building owners and developers. Adaptable, resilient buildings will need to be able to specifically withstand sea level rise and storm surges long-term.
July 12, 2021 | By Josie Hyde, Stephanie Benkert
Gensler Voices: O'Lanre Smith Shares How World Travel Shaped His Architecture Career
We sat down with O'Lanre Smith, architect and technical director, Gensler Morristown, to ask him about the impact design and architecture can have on our communities, and his personal journey to becoming an architect.
July 09, 2021
Delivering Wellness on Campus so Students Can Thrive
Here are five considerations for colleges and universities to create a campus-wide wellness ecosystem that supports students where they are.
July 06, 2021 | By Cindy Coleman, Patricia Nobre, Meghan Webster
Gensler Voices: Asenath Yeung, Gensler San Jose
We sat down with Asenath Yeung, interior designer, Gensler San Jose, to ask her about her career path and how design can help raise awareness about subjects of wellness, equity, and inclusion.
July 02, 2021
Travel’s Resurgence: Here’s What Post-Vaccine Travel Will Look Like
What will post-vaccine travel look like in the U.S.? Gensler’s Hospitality Pulse Survey offers some insights.
June 29, 2021 | By Ana Ardon, Michelle DeCurtis, Stella Donovan
Reimagining the Airport as the New Town Square
As passenger behaviors evolve and people seek more opportunities for connections and places to experience local culture, the airport will no longer be solely a place for coming and going, but a community hub where people come to interact and gather.
June 28, 2021 | By Tim Hudson
Gensler Voices: Brian Smuts, Gensler Chicago
We sat down with Brian Smuts, project director, Gensler Chicago, to ask him about his career path and how design can help raise awareness about subjects of wellness, equity, and inclusion.
June 28, 2021
Gensler Voices: Brooks Morelock, Gensler New York
We sat down with Brooks Morelock, design director, Gensler New York, to ask him about his career path and how design can help raise awareness about subjects of wellness, equity, and inclusion.
June 25, 2021
Inside the World’s Largest Hospitality Company
Tim Grisius, Global M&A and Real Estate Officer at Marriott International, talks about Marriott’s evolution to become the world’s largest hospitality company; the hospitality industry’s path to recovery; Marriott’s new headquarters; and more.
June 24, 2021
Creating a Destination for Pride, Diversity, and Inclusion in San Jose
With the city's first LGBTQIA+ district, the city of San Jose has created a welcoming, inclusive, and affirming new place that showcases the history, culture, and diversity of the queer community.
June 22, 2021 | By Jared Martin
Work From Home Needs a Home for Work
How can residential design evolve to support the growing at-home workforce? Gensler's Residential Experience Index offers some insights.
June 21, 2021 | By Michelle DeCurtis, Leigh Cowan
Why Now Is the Time to Rethink Workplace Amenities
As global enterprises prepare their return to the office, many are asking: what amenities might deliver the greatest returns in today’s evolving work landscape?
June 17, 2021 | By Evan Danchenka, Erin Saven
How D.C.’s Community of Hope Family Health and Birth Center Supports Black Women
Birth centers offer a promising way to level the playing field for low-income women and women of color.
June 17, 2021 | By Bonny Slater
Bridging the Gap to Bring More Diverse Voices Into the Design Profession
Here are six lessons from our HBCU Student Design Charrette for bringing more diverse voices and talent into the design profession.
June 16, 2021 | By Jordan Goldstein, Joseph Lauro
The Inclusion Utopia: Promoting a More Equitable and Inclusive Experience for Athletes
With over 100 anti-trans bills across the United States, we sought to understand how design can create opportunities for an inclusive and safe locker room experience — and to imagine what an inclusive utopia can look like for all athletes.
June 16, 2021 | By Santiago Rivera, Amanda Ramos
Designing a Black-Owned Gallery to Elevate Artists of Color
At Gallery 90220, a new Black-owned art space in South L.A., Gensler's designers leveraged the power of design to literally create a platform to share the stories of artists of color.
June 15, 2021 | By Kevin Sherrod, Chris Doerr, Wayne Thomas
The Benefits of Converting Class C Office Into First Class Residential
From coast-to-coast, clients are facing a similar challenge: in order to future-proof older buildings, they’ll need to make their buildings more energy efficient, more resilient, and more vibrant to attract and retain tenants and talent.
June 14, 2021 | By Steven Paynter, Duanne Render
7 Ways Creative Leaders Can Build Inclusive Organizations and Solutions: Lessons From a CMO
We invited Greg Hoffman, former Chief Marketing Officer and innovation leader at Nike, to share his thoughts about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the design industry.
June 14, 2021 | By Greg Hoffman
Work From Home Product Design: How to Make a Desk Its Best
With more people working from home, the demands on the home office will evolve and consumers’ performance expectations for home office equipment — particularly the desk — are expected to increase.
June 11, 2021 | By Scott Star
The Fifth Façade: Rethinking Urban Rooftops for the Post-Pandemic Office Building
Rather than being a sign of exclusivity, rooftop spaces are becoming one of the biggest opportunities in real estate development and an essential part of any well-positioned office building.
June 11, 2021 | By Ambrose Aliaga-Kelly
Will Remote Work Trends Benefit Smaller, More Affordable Cities?
How can cities function as an attractive extension of the office in the age of “anywhere work?”
June 08, 2021 | By Sofia Song, Janet Pogue McLaurin, Stella Donovan
Luke Kelly Discusses Diversity and Inclusion as a Designer Living with HIV
We sat down with Luke Kelly, an interior designer at Gensler London, to ask him about his career path and how design can help raise awareness about subjects of wellness, equity, and inclusion.
June 02, 2021
An 8-Step Model for ESG and Wellness in the Workplace
Helping people thrive at work through wellness design and initiatives may seem like an idealized goal. It’s not. It’s achievable and fundamental to the notions of ESG and wellness.
June 01, 2021 | By Cindy Coleman, Stacey Olson
Gensler Voices: Chang-Yeon Cho, Gensler New York
We sat down with Chang-Yeon Cho, Design Analytics Lead, Gensler New York, to ask him about his career path and the impact that design and architecture can have on our communities and the human experience.
May 28, 2021
What Gensler’s Latest Pulse Survey Uncovers About the Post-Pandemic City
As urban residents around the world consider relocating, our City Pulse findings offer a snapshot of their views, providing real-time research into how the pandemic has impacted global cities.
May 26, 2021 | By Sofia Song
The Most Timeless Design Differentiator Is Technology
In the past year, we have seen our practice evolve and transform thanks to a number of proprietary computational design tools Gensler has developed.
May 25, 2021 | By Erin Greer, Lucas Roberts
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.
May 24, 2021 | By Julie Jackson
Rethinking the Ways Cities Can Invest in Vital Neighborhoods
As we emerge from the pandemic, racial and socioeconomic disparities are more apparent than ever in our urban environments — and we must recenter our focus on creating accessible, equitable cities.
May 24, 2021 | By Andre Brumfield
Gensler Voices: Jon Park, Gensler Atlanta
We sat down with Jon Park, senior architectural designer, Gensler Atlanta, to ask him about his career path and the impact that design and architecture can have on our communities and the human experience.
May 21, 2021
Transforming Our Streets and the Public Realm Through Art and Programming
In 2020, we saw public space and art bring local and global communities together in new ways. How might we reimagine our streets and the public realm to steward more equitable and sustainable communities?
May 20, 2021
Lessons From China: What Hybrid Work Really Looks Like in Practice
The Chinese workplace is back open — and the experience of these workers holds lessons for the rest of the world as we consider what a hybrid workplace future really looks like.
May 19, 2021 | By Janet Pogue McLaurin
China’s Return Offers a Glimpse Into the Post-Pandemic Workplace
China’s profound and successful transition back to the office was the first of its kind — here are some emerging findings from our China Workplace Survey research.
May 19, 2021 | By Xiaomei Lee
Gensler Voices: Zoe Xu, Gensler San Francisco
We sat down with Zoe Xu, interior designer, Gensler San Francisco, to ask her about her career path and the impact that design and architecture can have on our communities and the human experience.
May 18, 2021
The HBCU Student Design Charrette: A Study in Inclusivity and Hope
Gensler's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Student Design Charrette is a bridge to academia that offers pathways to success within the architecture and design field.
May 17, 2021 | By Jordan Goldstein, Joseph Lauro
Gensler Voices: Lily Diego, Gensler Detroit
We sat down with Lily Diego, design director, Gensler Detroit, to ask her about her career path and the impact that design and architecture can have on our communities and the human experience.
May 13, 2021
What Do FinTech and Decentralised Finance Mean for Workplace Experience?
These disruptions in the finance industry present a significant opportunity to create next-generation workplaces with the choice, independence, and opportunity emblematic of the next generation of products.
May 12, 2021 | By Chandkiran Nath
Designing a Mother’s Room Reentry Roadmap for All Scales of Workplace
Best practices to provide a purposeful wellness strategy for nursing mothers that destigmatizes and prioritizes a mother’s journey back to the office.
May 07, 2021 | By James Bailey, Kiana Taie
Gensler Voices: Lori Mukoyama, Gensler Chicago
We sat down with Lori Mukoyama, design director, 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.
May 06, 2021
5 Tips to Negotiate Your Next Commercial Lease Like a Pro
Here are five tips to bring better clarity and increase confidence when you approach your next lease transaction.
May 06, 2021 | By Julie Henline
The New Hybrid Sciences Office Will Blend Tech Workplace, Hospitality, Brand Design, and Storytelling
In order to cultivate work environments that enable our sciences clients to develop effective vaccines, life-saving therapies, and innovative products and technologies, we must look beyond traditional conventions of buildings and workspaces as places that optimize performance.
May 06, 2021 | By Chad Yoshinobu
Gensler Voices: Fannie Cheung, Gensler San Francisco
We sat down with Fannie Cheung, technical director, Gensler San Francisco, to ask her about her career path and the impact that design and architecture can have on our communities and the human experience.
May 05, 2021
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