M. Arthur Gensler
M. Arthur Gensler Jr. is the founder of Gensler, a global architecture and design firm with 46 offices in 14 countries, and 5,000 employees. Arthur founded the firm in 1965 while working as an architect at Wurster Bernardi & Emmons.
Under Arthur's direction, Gensler grew from a single project to nearly 2,500 clients in more than 100 countries. The company's client roster includes six of the world's 10 largest retail companies, and 66 of Fortune magazine’s 100 top Global 500 companies.
Arthur stepped down from his role as chairman of Gensler in 2010, but remains active at the company. He led the firm's Shanghai Tower project, a 632-meter tower sited in the heart of Shanghai's Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone. According to the project description, "The tower's transparent, spiral form will showcase cutting-edge sustainable strategies and public spaces that set new standards for green community." The 121-story building is scheduled to open in 2015, and will house office space, retail, a conference center, a luxury hotel, and cultural amenity spaces.
In 1999, Arthur and his wife, Drue, founded the Gensler Family Foundation to support higher education, geriatric research, and the arts. Arthur is currently a trustee at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the California College of the Arts.
Arthur and Drue's son, Douglas, graduated from AAP in 1990 and heads the Gensler Boston office. Their granddaughter, Aaron, received a M.Arch. from AAP in 2014.