(March 24, 2008)
– The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) today announced that M. Arthur Gensler Jr., FAIA, FIIDA, RIBA, is the recipient of the Institute's 2008 Michelangelo Award. Gensler is also a member of BD+C's editorial board.
"CSI's Michelangelo Award is among the industry's most prestigious honors, recognizing individuals of excellence who have demonstrated exceptional service to the design and construction industry," says CSI Executive Director and CEO Walter Marlowe. "We are pleased to present this award to Mr. Gensler, for his innovation and leadership in the areas of design, sustainability, business and education."
The award will be presented on June 4, 2008, during the Opening General Session of CONSTRUCT2008 and the Annual CSI Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mr. Gensler is the founder of Gensler, an international architecture and design firm that grew from a three-person office in San Francisco in 1965 to 30 offices around the world today with more than 3,000 employees. He has been a transformative figure in the industry, having pioneered the discipline of commercial tenant interior design and encouraging the use of interdisciplinary design teams. Throughout his career, Mr. Gensler also has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to sustainable architecture and has strongly supported efforts to advance design education.
The award is named after Michelangelo Buonarotti, the renowned artist, architect and poet of the Italian Renaissance. It recognizes individuals for a lifetime of distinguished, innovative and far-reaching service to the design and construction industry, exhibited by excellence in the mastery of creating and sustaining the built environment.
Previous award winners include Dr. Charles H. Thornton, Ph.D., P.E., founding principal of the Thornton-Tomasetti Group Inc., and landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, FASLA.