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Moffitt Cancer Center Core Laboratory. Image © Gensler

Architects | April 13, 2017 | GenslerOn Justin Cratty and Erik Lustgarten
While most labs are designed to achieve that basic functionality, a transformational lab environment prioritizes a science organization’s most valuabl...

Image: Jasper Sanidad.

Building Team | March 28, 2017 | GenslerOn Nick Bryan
Restroom access affects everyone: people with medical needs or disabilities, caretakers, transgender people, parents with children of the opposite gen...

Image © George Clerk.

Hotel Facilities | February 20, 2017 | GenslerOn Claire Richmond
Change is inevitable and it impacts on everything, not least on the way we design.

Motorola Mobility’s Chicago Headquarters fuses cutting-edge technology and workplace design to become a benchmark for the creative office. Image © Gensler.

Education Facility | February 07, 2017 | GenslerOn Meghan Webster
As companies are increasingly looking for people who can do things like communicate clearly, solve complex challenges, lead teams, and define strategi...
Sports and Recreational Facilities | January 26, 2017 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings Jennifer Williams
Human performance facilities are emerging as a new way for people to attend to their overall wellness.

One Museum Place, Shanghai. Image © Gensler.

High-rise Construction | January 04, 2017 | GenslerOn Russell Gilchrist
In spite of the ability to build tall and taller buildings—usually fully glazed, often in extreme climates with increasingly smart technologies—it cou...

CBRE Masonic Temple in Glendale, California. Image © Gensler/Ryan Gobuty.

Office Building Design | December 14, 2016 | GenslerOn Kevin Rosenstein
More, and more, companies are emphasizing the importance of creating a meaningful sense of place in the office environment for all of their employees,...

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Augmented Reality | December 12, 2016 | GenslerOn Alan Robles
With the Trimble Software for Microsoft’s HoloLens device we’re able to bring into the physical world what exists only digitally.

Mecklenburg County Land Use Environmental Service Agency, Charlotte, NC, Image © Gensler.

Architects | December 01, 2016 | GenslerOn Bob Peck
Government work settings ranked the lowest in their effectiveness across the four work modes: focus (individual) work, collaboration, socializing (inf...

The Washington Post's nerve center. Image © Garrett Rowland.

Office Building Design | November 14, 2016 | GenslerOn Sumita Arora, Co-Leader of Gensler’s Global Media Practice
The converged environment is a live-streaming workplace, a zone where news and content flow continuously and speed to market is everything.

Costa Rica Convention Center. Image © Gensler

Building Team | November 07, 2016 | GenslerOn Lorraine Francis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Biomimicry takes inspiration from nature’s form, processes, and ecosystems to solve human problems. This design method, which incorporates lessons lea...

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Architects | October 14, 2016 | GenslerOn Martin Gollwitzer
As technology continues to evolve, we have to simultaneously adapt and help our clients think beyond the short term, writes Gensler's Martin Gollwitze...

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Office Building Design | September 30, 2016 | GenslerOn Lena Kitson + Kimberly Foster
No matter how lavish the amenities, they’ll prove ineffective in making any kind of positive impact if they don’t align to a company’s culture and the...

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Architects | September 19, 2016 | GenslerOn Diane Hoskins
Over the past 100 years, how we work has changed dramatically, and these changes have impacted workplace design.

City Point Brooklyn - Food Hall Study images.

Architects | September 13, 2016 | GenslerOn Toshi Kasai, Design Director, Hospitality Architecture, Gensler
Food halls have not only become an economical solution for restauranteurs and chefs experiencing skyrocketing retail prices and rents in large cities,...

Westin Hotel and Transit Center at Denver International Airport. Rendering Courtesy of Gensler.

Hotel Facilities | August 02, 2016 | GenslerOn Lisa Kong
Millennials’ desire for authentic experiences has been the catalyst for a refresh of most brand standards, writes Gensler's Lisa Kong
Designing with Office Heroes: Lessons from a network of startup professionals

Prezi office in San Francisco. Photo: © Michael Townsend, via Gensler

Designers | July 21, 2016 | GenslerOn Katie Rodrigues
Gensler Design Strategist Katie Rodrigues talks about how the design community can support emerging and startup clients.

The new University of Kansas School of Business building marks a departure from the traditional design model – and, thus, the traditional approach to learning – focusing on innovation, serendipity, and being “future ready.” Image: Gensler.

Higher Education | June 30, 2016 | GenslerOn David Broz
Academic incubators that bridge school and the workplace are transforming design in higher education. Gensler's David Broz offers 10 ways colleges can...

Cozy hideouts support an emerging work mode that's proving critical to helping workers recharge their batteries. Image © Garrett Rowland. Click here to enlarge

Office Building Design | June 07, 2016 | GenslerOn Penny Lewis
Workspaces are geared toward socializing and collaboration, but people need quiet, calm places where they can sit alone and focus. Gensler's Penny Lew...
Why corporate bathrooms stink and how good design can fix this

Bathrooms in hotels, restrooms and even airports tend to carry a touch of class that bathrooms in corporate offices so often lack. Pictured: a ladies room in SFO Terminal 2. Image: Bruce Damonte, courtesy Gensler.

Industry Research | May 11, 2016 | GenslerOn Johnathan Sandler
Despite their importance, bathrooms are often overlooked when it comes to building design. Gensler's Johnathan Sandler spoke with people in the indust...

Concept Sketch, Syracuse University, S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Renovation. All images courtesy Gensler

Architects | March 29, 2016 | GenslerOn Alex Fernández
Hand-drawn concepts allow ideas to emerge and build stronger connections between the design and the audience, as Gensler Principal and Design Director...
How museums engage visitors in a digital age

Museums such as the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum are exploring new ways to engage with audiences by investing in technologies to make the experience more interactive. Photo courtesy Gensler

Cultural Facilities | March 03, 2016 | GenslerOn Marina Bianchi
Digital technologies are opening up new dimensions of the museum experience and turning passive audiences into active content generators, as Gensler's...

Image © Jordan Berta.

Urban Planning | January 19, 2016 | GenslerOn Peter Weingarten
While cities are creating new jobs and attracting new residents, there are warning signs that suggest this current urban boom lacks the necessary sust...
Spec for Tech: Designing for the Creative Class

Uptown Station in Oakland provides amenities in a common paseo at the ground floor, where all tenants and the public can pass through, creating a vibrant and active place. Rendering: Steelblue


Office Building Design | January 11, 2016 | GenslerOn Ben Tranel
The new work environment, settings which blur the line between work and life, is inspired by cities and the attributes that all great urban environmen...
Image: © Wendy Andrew-Doele

Image: © Wendy Andrew-Doele

Office Building Design | December 23, 2015 | GenslerOn Johnathan Sandler
Gensler's Johnathan Sandler discusses efficient alternatives to dull, wasteful workplace meetings. 

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Architects | December 17, 2015 | GenslerOn Joan Meyers
While utilization is an important metric to inform how frequently a space is used, it’s important to consider activity data.
How virtual and augmented reality can shape architecture and design

Virtual reality—devices that block out the external world and present the user with a wholly fabricated visual experience—can be useful to architects and designers. Photo: Nan Palmero/Creative Commons

BIM and Information Technology | November 03, 2015 | GenslerOn Alan Robles
Gensler's Alan Robles examines a few ways VR and AR could create value for architecture and design professionals.
#Thank you for sharing: How social media is reshaping the workplace

Why work on a desktop PC when you can work on a mobile device? Image © Gensler

Office Building Design | October 16, 2015 | GenslerOn Philip Tidd
The rapid growth of mobile technologies threatens to push the desktop PC into extinction. When this happens, the most pertinent question for workplace...
6 lessons in campus planning

Photo:  David Nicholas/Creative Commons (via GenslerOn)

Architects | September 21, 2015 | GenslerOn Pamela Delphenich, FAIA
For campus planning, focus typically falls on repairing the bricks and mortar without consideration of program priorities. Gensler's Pamela Delphenich...

Image: Ryan Gobuty, courtesy GenslerOn

Healthcare Facilities | August 18, 2015 | GenslerOn Tama Duffy Day, GenslerOn
Flip the Clinic is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project invented to transform the patient-clinician experience. In their language, “flips” are act...
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