Program Details

Applications for the 2022 DSD program have now closed. Please check back in October 2022 for updates.

Gensler’s Design Strategist Development (DSD) Program is an 18-month, in-office, professional training program geared towards high performers considering a future career in design strategy. The DSD Program is focused on accelerating the development of well-rounded strategists, who will contribute to the growth of Gensler’s Consulting and Real Estate Services practice across the globe.

Each year Gensler will recruit a select number of diverse participants to work and train in one of the following host offices:

Atlanta, Georgia
Baltimore, Maryland
Boston, Massachussetts
Dallas, Texas
London, United Kingdom
Los Angeles, California
Morristown, New Jersey
New York, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
San Francisco, California
Seattle, Washington
Washington, D.C.

As a participant in the DSD Program, you will join the firm as a full-time consulting analyst and receive a competitive salary and benefits package. Learn about the great rewards of working at Gensler. The program will provide you the opportunity of a full-time Design Analyst role as well as training and professional development to kick-start your career at the firm.

During this 18-month program, you will be immersed in Gensler’s Consulting practice, where you will develop key skills and build a strong foundation in core functions, systems, software, operational tools, and organizational processes. Our program opportunities include:

  Program Bootcamps
Week-long intensive sessions are designed to orient you to all aspects of Gensler’s Consulting practice and develop your business acumen.

  Design Strategy 101 Course
A series of introductory classes and special topic seminars will familiarize you with Consulting’s practices, tools, and methods. These courses provide an academic corollary to the hands-on experience you will gain through project work.

  Personalized Professional Development
Over the 18-month program, you will be provided with a Gensler Coach and Buddy to help tailor your experience to your background and passions. Your Coach is an expert in the Consulting field who will take an active interest in your professional development at Gensler. Your Buddy is a peer who will be by your side from day one to offer advice and help you assimilate into your office as well as the firm's culture and social networks.

Meet some of the senior experts in the firm who will help mentor and guide your professional development:

Jane Clay
Cindy Coleman
Michael Chappell
Cheryl Duvall
Andrew Garnar-Wortzel
Ryan Haines
Nayan Parehk
Amanda Ramos
Bonnie Reese
Kevin Rosenstein

  Research & Thought Leadership Participation
You will have opportunities to participate in Gensler’s robust Research Program. Likewise, our thought leadership initiatives at the forefront of industry innovation will benefit from your insights. Check out examples of our past research projects and thought leadership. In the second half of the program, you will have an opportunity to explore an area of focus with a personal study project to showcase your thought leadership and bring awareness to your expertise within the firm.

  Global Leadership Forums
You will connect with fellow DSD Program participants from across the firm at an annual internal conference, providing a forum to share your experiences, present projects, and network with other members of the Consulting practice.

  Networked Global Community
The DSD Program is an extensive network where participants enjoy visibility with senior leaders of the firm and receive mentoring from the industry’s top professionals.

Post-DSD Program Career Opportunities
Upon the successful completion of the Gensler DSD Program, you may be eligible for a variety of job opportunities from across the firm — from roles in emerging Consulting services to roles aligned with your educational background, such as architecture, interior design, or urban planning.

Program Timeline
Applications are due January 6, 2022. The sixth cohort of the program is currently planned to begin in August 2022. Visit our FAQ page to submit questions regarding the program.

Information Webinar

To hear more about the Design Strategy Development program from DSD alumni, listen to our two informational webinars from November 15 and November 16, 2021.


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Design Strategist Development (DSD) Program

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