Gensler is a global design firm that partners with clients to make cities more livable, work smarter and leisure more engaging. With more than 2,300 active clients, Gensler work across the global economy.
Their clients are remarkably diverse, and the Gensler’s philosophy is to help them grow, sustain and transform: whatever it takes to embrace their future.
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Since 1965, they have helped clients achieve measurable business and organizational goals, delivering projects as large as a city and as small as a task light for an individual desk.
Gensler is organized to support clients at every stage of the design cycle, from initial strategy and design planning through implementation and management.
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Arthur Gensler was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1935. He attended Cornell University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture. Upon graduation, he worked for architecture firms in New York and Jamaica. After moving with his wife Drue to California in the early 1960s, Gensler worked for a few architectural firms, including Wurster, Bernardi, and Emmons.
While at Wurster, he played a lead role establishing the design standards for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, then under construction.
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In 1965, Gensler opened his firm by pioneering architectural interiors for newly constructed office buildings, including the Alcoa Building (1967) and the Bank of America Building (1969), both in San Francisco. His firm grew fairly rapidly with offices opening around the U.S. in the 1970s and 1980s and then overseas in the 1980s and 1990s. By the early 2000s, Gensler’s firm was the largest architecture and design company headquartered in the U.S. In 2015 the firm is expected to complete the Shanghai Tower, currently the second tallest building in the world.
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