John founded Gensler’s Retail and Branding studios in 1980 and continues to expand these practice areas into emerging markets in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He was also instrumental in developing the Gensler brand into one of the most recognizable names in the design industry. His thought leadership and focus on the design experience lends an elevated perspective to the firm’s process and creativity as a whole. He was named one of the Top Retail Design Influencers of 2012 by design:retail and has been recognized by The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Interior Design, Contract, Hospitality Design, and The Business of Fashion for his industry-leading perspectives. His projects have won numerous awards, including the BusinessWeek | Architectural Record award for his design of the New York flagship store for Toys ‘R’ Us. John has spoken at SXSW Interactive, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Harvard University’s School of Design. He was also a panelist for Architectural Digest’s “Design Dialogue.” John holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Arizona State University.