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Gensler Design Exchange
42 minutes | May 20, 2021
Cross-Regional Transit: How to Grow a Stronger and More Equitable Region
In a new era of mobility, connectivity is a critical component to a resilient, inclusive, and vibrant region. The Capital Region of Baltimore, MD, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, V.A. has an immense opportunity to spur regional economic competitiveness and collaboration, build the nation's most inclusive economy, and increase access to affordable housing for millions of residents by focusing on a key transportation asset: the extensive regional rail network. Currently, the region’s commuter rail systems’ lines and operators are segmented by political boundaries, causing simple commutes to nearby destinations to be needlessly cumbersome and inefficient. Gensler, alongside regional interest groups like the Greater Washington Partnership, have sought to re-imagine this system as a unified, connected whole through The Capital Region Rail Vision. Today’s guests have all been involved in the development of the Rail Vision, so we brought them together to discuss how we can work collaboratively to bring it to fruition and grow a stronger, more equitable and well-connected region.
55 minutes | May 6, 2021
Transforming Our Streets and the Public Realm Through Art and Programming
In today’s episode, Carolyn Sponza, Principal & Studio Director at Gensler, speaks with Leona Agouridis, Executive Director of the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID), and Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong, a New York-based artist, to explore the connections between art and architecture, current demands for space activation, and how we might reimagine our streets and the public realm to steward more equitable and sustainable districts.
47 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Looking Up: A Series With Armstrong World Industries | Episode 2: Redefining Resilient Spaces
In the second episode of our “Looking Up” series with Armstrong World Industries, a dear client of ours and an innovative global company that provides ceiling and wall solutions for commercial buildings and residential spaces, Katie Mesia, Southeast Region Design Resilience Leader and Gensler Executive Climate Council member, moderates a conversation between Gregory Plavcan, Sustainability Consulting Leader at Gensler, Helen Sahi, Director of Sustainability at Armstrong, Mark Hershey, Senior Vice President of Sustainability at Armstrong, about how our two organizations are charting the course toward a more sustainable, resilient future — for ourselves and for our clients. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
54 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
The Future of the Law Firm Workplace (Re-broadcast): Pandemic Sets Precedent for Lawyers to Rethink Their Real Estate
We’re re-broadcasting a panel discussion hosted by DCA Live last week. In this conversation, Christian Amolsch, Client Relationship Leader and Senior Associate, and Kim Sullivan, Principal in Gensler’s Washington D.C. office, speak with industry experts David Crew, Head of Real Estate at Hogan Lovells, Susan Berson, DC Office Managing Partner at Mintz, Brian Sprague, COO at Akin Gump, and Maurice Bellan, DC Office Managing Partner at Baker Mckenzie, to discuss how design trends that have accelerated in the last year will have a lasting impact on the world’s leading law firms, their workforces, and their design partners for many years to come. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
39 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Women's History Month: Highlights from Gensler's SE Women's Leadership Forum
Through the chaos of the past year, the Women’s Leadership Forum became an organic, uplifting digital meeting ground for people — both men and women — to share insights on our current world, our professional experiences, and our predictions for what’s to come. Though we’ve never opened up these conversations to the public before, today, we’re sharing some of our favorite moments from these enlightening dialogues. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
47 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Women's History Month: Leading Through Challenging Times | A Conversation with Leapley Construction CEO & Founder Meredith Leapley and Gensler Atlanta Principal & Co-Managing Director Tory Winn
It's Women's History Month! In today's conversation on the Gensler Design Exchange podcast, Gensler Atlanta Principal & Co-Managing Director Tory Winn sits down with Meredith Leapley, CEO & Founder of Leapley Construction, to discuss how their teams are successfully navigating these challenging "lockdown life" times under their leadership. Winn and Leapley also share personal anecdotes from their professional pasts and offer advice for budding leaders hoping to grow their careers in the industry. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
41 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Black History Month: The Slow Streets Movement Needs More Black Voices
As American cities shut down to slow the spread of COVID, car traffic across the country dropped by an average of 70% at one point. All those quiet roads opened the door for municipalities to tap into the Safe Streets (or Slow Streets) ethos and rethink how their many miles of pavement could be redesigned for additional or new uses. While these efforts are well-intentioned, they fail to address one basic question: Safe for whom? So far, many Safe Streets initiatives are unfolding in well-capitalized and majority-white areas that feature restaurants, shops, parks, and other cultural and leisure activities. Too often, communities of color have not been part of the equation. Architects and designers have an opportunity to change that dynamic by understanding the flow of resources, enabling more inclusive engagement and participation, and capturing measurements for success.
60 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
Black History Month: A Session on Embracing Multiculturalism with Michael Marshall, AIA, NOMA
Today's Black History Month feature is a rebroadcast of our episode "Embracing Multiculturalism" with Michael Marshall, Design Director & Principal of Michael Marshall Design, whose highly-acclaimed work has won countless industry awards and is featured in the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. Kicking off the episode is a special Q&A with Gensler's Dom Sanchez and Gail Malone, speaking on the importance of community to create action toward more inclusive future. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
30 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Black History Month: A Conversation on Leadership with Gensler's Vaki Mawema & Erica Farhat
This month we are celebrating Black History Month on the podcast with a new episode each week in February. This week, hear Gensler Baltimore Co-Managing Director Vaki Mawema deliver a keynote address at AIAS GR20 Conference, discussing the power of leadership and the unique significance of this moment in our history to make an impact on the architecture industry - and to create a better world for all through the power of design. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
40 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
Looking Up: A Series With Armstrong World Industries | Episode 1: Ceilings Offer Clean-Air Solutions for a Post-COVID World
As architects and designers meticulously work to transform our workplaces, retail, restaurants, schools, and virtually all places where humans connect in a post-COVID world, each space element has taken on a new sense of purpose and intentionality. Ceilings are certainly no exception. Today, we’re kicking off a three-part series we’ll be hosting with Armstrong that digs into how our organizations are reimagining buildings, spaces, and products to enhance health and wellbeing in our return to the office and shared spaces In our first episode of this series, Janet Pogue McLaurin, a Principal and Global Workplace Research Leader who has been at Gensler for more than 38 years, moderates a conversation between Vic Grizzle, CEO of Armstrong World Industries, and Don Ghent, a Principal and Design Realization Leader at Gensler, about how ceilings are an important part of the holistic approach to design we must take as we reimagine shared spaces in the future.
43 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
The Hybrid Workplace of the Future: Highlights from Gensler's 2020 Workplace Surveys
Since the spring of 2020, the Gensler Research Institute has been conducting surveys of workers across the globe to understand worker’s needs and make informative real estate and design decisions on the future of the workplace. In these surveys, many workers expressed evolving expectations for the future of work and the physical workplace. In today’s episode, we’re re-broadcasting our Regional Consulting Practice Area Leader Cheryl Duvall’s interview on the Business Learning Institute’s Future-Proof podcast with host Bill Sheridan, of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA), where Bill and Cheryl discuss key findings from Gensler’s 2020 Workplace Surveys. As we look to the future, our data helps us explore how employers and their workplaces can best support their employees in a post-pandemic future.
73 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
Gensler Gives Back: Community Impact in 2020
From Philadelphia down to Miami, we’ll take you (virtually) to visit each of our eight offices to hear stories about how our people reached out to their communities — both locally and regionally — to listen and take action to provide resources, time, expertise, and more that helped organizations, neighborhoods, and individuals in need. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
52 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
Reimagining the Public Realm Through Public Space Activation and Stewardship
Public space has always been an integral part of human life. It supports the widest diversity of experiences and offers some of the best experiences overall, according to Gensler’s Experience Index research. From your local park, to the sidewalks on city streets, to the terraces and gardens provided by restaurants or retail centers, these spaces define our collective urban (and suburban) experiences. And after months of isolation from much of the outside world through the lockdown spurred by coronavirus, public space has been at the center of our social lives as a “safe” place to connect with others while social distancing. Now more than ever, these spaces are poised to become the lifeblood of our neighborhoods and cities. Today's guests will discuss how we might design cities that work for everyone and facilitate both organized and spontaneous connections between diverse people.
46 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
Equity by Design: Redefining "Senior Living" | A Conversation with Stephanie Firestone, Esther Greenhouse, and Dr. Bill Thomas
Gensler’s firmwide senior living leader Tama Duffy Day interviews industry experts on essential principles to consider as we look at the current moment as a unique opportunity for change. Stephanie Firestone is a Senior Strategic Policy Advisor for Health & Age-Friendly Communities at AARP International; Dr. Bill Thomas is a geriatrician, industry trailblazer, and Independence Officer at Lifesprk; and Esther Greenhouse is a built environment strategist, environmental gerontologist, and a Strategic Director at the TC Age Friendly Center for Excellence. These three guests are collaborators on AARP International’s important Equity by Design webinar series dedicated to exploring different aspects of the active aging conversation. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
44 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
The Value of Authenticity in Design | A Conversation with Ken Baker, John Edelman, and Beth Dickstein
In a world of 7.6 billion people and counting, there’s bound to be repetition somewhere, right? In today’s post-modern age, it’s hard to ignore the omnipresence of content and product surrounding us. A simple scroll through social media might unveil a common pattern of rehashed content. But even in our increasingly oversaturated world, there are breaks in this repetition — our champions of innovation who advance ‘originality’ in the design of our products, spaces, and experiences. In today’s episode, we discuss this very idea. How do we protect innovation as an industry and promote diverse thinking and creativity in an age where we’re constantly inundated with information?
47 minutes | Oct 9, 2020
Design Inspiration in a Digital World: A Conversation with Design Director Nestor Santa-Cruz
As designers, the pandemic has challenged us to rise to the occasion and create better opportunities for interconnectivity in our future world. Without our physical studios, materials libraries, and in-person teams, our design processes shifted and our sources of inspiration have evolved. Today we’re inviting Gensler DC Design Director Nestor Santa-Cruz back to the podcast to explore how his work process has changed since March and offer insights on how to stay plugged in to find design inspiration even among these challenging times. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
42 minutes | Sep 3, 2020
Re-release: DESIGN BREAK - 3 Simple Meditations with Grace Ogden & Gregory Plavcan
At this critical inflection point in our history, it's important to reflect and recharge in order to preserve not just our individual wellbeing, but also our ability to return to designing the future of our cities with our best foot forward. As we continue to dream up innovative, purpose-built spaces both public and private, how can we be more mindful, intentional, and impactful? Insights & tips from Gensler's Gregory Plavcan & George Washington University's Grace Ogden. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
51 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
Embracing Multiculturalism: A session with Michael Marshall, AIA, NOMA
This week, we’re excited to share with you a webinar we hosted recently with our Gensler staff focused on embracing multiculturalism in design — both in our design work and in our industry. The conversation, moderated by Gensler Principal & Global Director of Design, Jordan Goldstein, featured special guest Michael Marshall, AIA, NOMA, Design Director & Principal of Michael Marshall Design, whose highly-acclaimed work has won countless industry awards and now been featured in the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
28 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
Re-Release: HOW TO Design Sustainability into Your Daily Life | With Benjamin Holsinger, Liz Resenic & Gregory Plavcan of Gensler
Are you confused by the Trash/Recycle/Compost bins at health food stores? Are you seeking simple ways to be less wasteful at work — or is your company interested in learning about how to establish some greener, more mindful operations in the workplace? You’ve come to the right place. Today’s episode of the Gensler Design Exchange podcast features Benjamin Holsinger, a leader in Sustainability & Wellbeing Consulting at Gensler, joined by fellow sustainability teammates Liz Resenic and Gregory Plavcan, to share tips on how you can design sustainable practices into your daily life. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
49 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
An Architecture of Optimism in a Post-Pandemic Society: Jordan Goldstein @ UPenn
This week on the Gensler Design Exchange podcast, Gensler’s Jordan Goldstein speaks with the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, moderated by Sarah Rottenberg, Adjunct Assistant Professor & Executive Director, Integrated Product Design Program at the University of Pennsylvania. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
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