Arthur Gensler is the founder of the global architecture, design, planning, and consulting firm Gensler, which began in San Francisco in 1965 and now has more than 4,000 employees (including numerous CCA alumni) in 45 locations in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He is a multiple winner of the BusinessWeek/Architectural Record Award and a charter member of Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and a professional member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Gensler has received numerous honors and awards, including Architectural Firm of the Year, the AIA’s highest honor for a collaborative practice; IIDA’s Star Award; Ernst & Young LLP’s Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Gensler graduated from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning and is a member of its advisory council. He is widely credited with having elevated the field of interior design to professional standing.

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