M. Arthur Gensler: The Art of Gensler

M. Arthur Gensler (B.Arch. '57) is the founder of Gensler, the global architecture, design, planning, and strategic consulting firm. From an office of three people in San Francisco in 1965, the firm has grown into one of the world’s leading architecture and design groups, with 3,000 people in 40 global locations. Gensler teams provide expertise in 20 practice areas — including workplace, retail, hospitality, education, brand design, and aviation and transportation — to international clients that span a wide range of industries. The firm is known for their design of many interior and architectural projects around the globe, such as the Shanghai Tower, which will be the second tallest building in the world when completed in 2014. Gensler was named the American Institute of Architects’ Architectural Firm of the Year for 2000. Gensler has been recognized as the number one architectural firm in the country and for the past 30 consecutive years has been selected as the “most admired firm” by its industry peers.

An architect by profession, Gensler is a graduate of Cornell University, which named him Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year in 1995. He currently serves on the AAP alumni advisory council. He has been a visiting professor at Cornell, the University of California–Berkeley, and Arizona State University. He is also a trustee of the Buck Institute for Aging, the California College of the Arts, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

A founding member of the National AIA Committee on Interior Architecture, Gensler was elected to fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 1980. A fellow of the International Interior Design Association, he received with the organization’s prestigious Star Award in 1992 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the contract design industry. He is a charter member of Interior Design magazine’s hall of fame, which recognizes individuals making outstanding contributions in the field of interior design. In 2009, Gensler was the first design firm to ever be inducted as a firm into the hall of fame.

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