February 12, 2016

Three Gensler Architects Elevated to AIA College of Fellows in 2016

WASHINGTON — Gensler announced that three of its top professionals were elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The AIA elevated Gensler Chicago Principal Lamar Johnson and Los Angeles Principals Barbara Bouza and Thomas Ito to Fellowship.
Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member. Not only does it recognize the achievements of the architect as an individual, it recognizes those architects’ contributions to the profession and to society. 
Co-Managing Director of Gensler’s Los Angeles office, Bouza is a leader of the global Health & Wellness and Sciences Practice Areas. With more than 25 years of experience in design and strategic planning, she broadens Gensler’s practice expertise and delivers a higher standard of innovation. A passionate mentor, Barbara is actively involved with Girls Inc. and Dress for Success. She is also a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects and the Women Presidents’ Organization.
Ito launched Gensler’s Hospitality Practice Area in the late 1990s and has since expanded the practice to an international scale. He serves on Gensler’s Management Committee and co-leads the firm’s Lifestyle sector, providing strategic oversight for Hospitality, Brand, Retail, Entertainment, Sports, Mixed-Use and Tall Buildings. He was integral to the leadership of the 18-million-square-foot CityCenter development on the Las Vegas Strip and the award-winning Shore Hotel in Santa Monica. His team recently completed a number of exciting projects including the Westin Hotel at Denver International Airport and the Grand Hyatt Incheon in Seoul, South Korea.
Johnson, co-managing principal for Gensler’s North Central Region, has been with the firm for nearly 30 years. Since starting the Chicago office in 1997, he has extensive experience working with a wide range of project types and clients, including Wrigley, Goodyear, McDonald’s Corporation and McCormick Place. He played an integral role in establishing the region as an active participant in fundraising and volunteer opportunities for civic, community and non-profit organizations. He is a member of the Board of Directors for World Business Chicago and a Vice Chair for the Board of Trustees at the Adler Planetarium.