Gensler Design Exchange
The Gensler Design Exchange creates a dialogue between design experts, creative trendsetters, and thought leaders to discuss how we shape the future of cities.
info_outline Psycho-oncology: An intersection of design, medicine & the mind in healing 01/23/2020
Psycho-oncology: An intersection of design, medicine & the mind in healing Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be one of the most stress-inducing events in a person's life. That's why researchers at the Aquilino Cancer Center are investigating new methods of oncology that will treat not only the physical symptoms of disease, but the psychological aspects as well. Today, Gensler's Tama Duffy Day sits down with design expert Chris Baer and research oncologist Dr. Manish Agrawal to discuss the science of psycho-oncology and how healing is at the apex of medicine, design, and the mind.
info_outline Experiential Retail & Placemaking: Exclusive Series with La Cosecha + EDENS | Episode 2: Arte 01/09/2020
Experiential Retail & Placemaking: Exclusive Series with La Cosecha + EDENS | Episode 2: Arte Today, we're peeling back the next layer of La Cosecha to discuss how the space's mindfully curated design and art selection establishes a cultural touchpoint authentically representative of today's Latin America. Gensler's Brandon Larcom returns to La Cosecha's Estudio to talk with EDENS Managing Director Bill Caldwell, IBD Mural Artist Mariel Ajras, and Gensler Design Director Walter Trujillo about how their collaboration culminated in an eclectic celebration of Latin American arte.
info_outline DESIGN BREAK: 3 Simple Meditations with Grace Ogden & Gregory Plavcan 12/19/2019
DESIGN BREAK: 3 Simple Meditations with Grace Ogden & Gregory Plavcan Hot off the heels of this year's Wellbeing Week, we'd like to share with you a few tips we learned from Grace Ogden, a mindfulness meditation teacher with the George Washington University Center for Integrative Medicine, who led our staff through three simple meditations to manage stress. Leading the conversation is Gregory Plavcan, sustainability specialist and Wellbeing Week champion here at Gensler.
info_outline Experiential Retail & Placemaking: Exclusive Series with La Cosecha + EDENS | Episode 1: Mercado 12/02/2019
Experiential Retail & Placemaking: Exclusive Series with La Cosecha + EDENS | Episode 1: Mercado We are excited to introduce a three-part series on the Gensler Design Exchange podcast in collaboration with EDENS. In this first episode Mercado, our host, Gensler’s Brandon Larcom, sits down with Norma Morales Perez, Senior VP of Brand + Culture for EDENS, and one of La Cosecha’s founding merchants — Brazilian native Carolina Furukrona of NOVA BOSSA — to explore how La Cosecha breaks down cultural barriers through design, curation, and engagement.
info_outline Introducing: The NEW Gensler Design Exchange! 09/23/2019
Introducing: The NEW Gensler Design Exchange! We're bring some exciting changes to the Gensler Design Exchange podcast, including a new logo AND new music! Stay tuned for more exciting episodes coming your way soon. In the meantime, don't forget to leave us a review if you've enjoyed the show! For more Gensler insights, check out the latest Design Forecast live on Gensler.com.
info_outline From Suburb to City: Nestlé USA Harnesses the Power of Urban | An interview with Dawn Striff, Nestlé USA 08/08/2019
From Suburb to City: Nestlé USA Harnesses the Power of Urban | An interview with Dawn Striff, Nestlé USA In today's podcast episode, Jill Goebel speaks with Nestlé USA's Head of Corporate Real Estate & Facilities Dawn Striff to discuss the vital role of change management in facilitating the company's large-scale move and how the new headquarters' design has impacted the culture, mission, community involvement, and workplace productivity of Nestlé USA.
info_outline Schools in the City| An interview with Matthew Shank, Marymount University & Samantha Baker, Ballston BID 07/25/2019
Schools in the City| An interview with Matthew Shank, Marymount University & Samantha Baker, Ballston BID In today’s podcast, Duncan Lyons, Design Director at Gensler, is speaking with Matthew Shank, President Emeritus at Marymount University and President of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, and Samantha Baker, Director of Operations at the Ballston Business Improvement District and graduate student at Marymount University, to talk about what makes Marymount a model for the future of higher education in mixed use, urban environments.
info_outline Exploring the Practice of Community Placemaking | An Interview with Jennifer Bowen, Augusta Visitor’s Center 07/11/2019
Exploring the Practice of Community Placemaking | An Interview with Jennifer Bowen, Augusta Visitor’s Center Today, Kathleen Allen, brand strategist at Gensler, speaks with Jennifer Bowen, Vice President of Destination Development of the Augusta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, about how the new “Augusta & Co.” redefines the traditional visitors center experience and creates a unique identity for the city of Augusta, Ga., serving as both a launchpad for an amazing visit to Augusta and a platform for the city itself.
info_outline Check Up From the Neck Up: Sound Health | An interview with Yoko Sen, Sen Sound 05/09/2019
Check Up From the Neck Up: Sound Health | An interview with Yoko Sen, Sen Sound In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we bring you a special episode focused on the impact of sound in health and wellness. In this episode, Gensler's health and wellness leader, Tama Duffy Day, speaks with ambient electronic musician Yoko Sen, whose research on noise in hospitals and its effects on stress, health, and healing for both patients and physicians alike led the two women to later collaborate on "tranquility rooms" for the Johns Hopkins Sibley Innovation Hub. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
info_outline HOW TO: Design Sustainability into Your Daily Life | An interview with Gensler's Bejamin Holsinger, Liz Resenic & Gregory Plavcan 04/25/2019
HOW TO: Design Sustainability into Your Daily Life | An interview with Gensler's Bejamin Holsinger, Liz Resenic & Gregory Plavcan In the spirit of Spring and Earth Day, today’s episode features Benjamin Holsinger, a leader in Sustainability & Wellbeing Consulting at Gensler, joined by teammates Liz Resenic and Gregory Plavcan, to share tips on designing sustainable practices into your daily life. Are you confused by the Trash/Recycle/Compost bins at health food stores? Or is your company interested in establishing greener, more mindful operations in the workplace? You’ve come to the right place. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
info_outline Furnishing The Future Workplace | An Interview with Barbara Nolan, Nolan Brands 04/11/2019
Furnishing The Future Workplace | An Interview with Barbara Nolan, Nolan Brands Trends change fast with the influence of social media, but in architecture and design, a reputation and success is built over time. From glass walls to tables and chairs, chances are Barbara Nolan has helped influence your everyday surroundings. Gensler Director of Product Development Brandon Larcom speaks with Barbara Nolan, founder and principal of the Nolan Brands furniture showroom, today on her experience turning boutique brands into national names for more than 30 years. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpo
info_outline Insights Into What Makes an Effective Workplace | An interview with Tim Pittman, Gensler 03/29/2019
Insights Into What Makes an Effective Workplace | An interview with Tim Pittman, Gensler Creating a great workplace experience requires a focus not just on space and effectiveness. The best strategies align space, culture, interaction, and behavior to create a high-performance workplace experience that optimizes people’s performance. On today's episode of the Gensler Design Exchange, Gensler's Brandon Larcom and Tim Pittman sit down to discuss major findings from the 2019 U.S. Workplace Survey, creating a path forward for the future workplace.
info_outline The Dialogue Between Facilities Management & Design | An interview with Rosalie Mignano-Aste, Endeavor 03/14/2019
The Dialogue Between Facilities Management & Design | An interview with Rosalie Mignano-Aste, Endeavor Few roles have as symbiotic a relationship with architecture and design as facilities management. The task challenges those carrying it out to think critically about space, its effect on people and productivity, and how it interplays with financial stewardship. Rosalie Mignano-Aste is the VP of corporate real estate and facilities management at Endeavor. Today, Gensler Design Director Meena Krenek sits down with Rosalie to discuss how their roles intersect and interact.
info_outline Master Planning for an Engaged University Campus | An interview with President Ross, Lynn University 02/28/2019
Master Planning for an Engaged University Campus | An interview with President Ross, Lynn University Lynn University opened its doors to students in Boca Raton, Fla., over 50 years ago. The campus is now a vibrant educational institution in a fast-growing urban center. In recent years, Lynn partnered with Gensler for its Lynn 2020 and 2025 and beyond campus plans. Today, Gensler Design Director Brian Watson speaks with Lynn University President Kevin M. Ross on everything from the intricacies of campus master planning to what’s next with the emerging Gen Z student class.
info_outline Battle for the Right of Way | An interview with Maggie Gendron, Lime, & Dan Emerine, DC Dept. of Transportation 02/07/2019
Battle for the Right of Way | An interview with Maggie Gendron, Lime, & Dan Emerine, DC Dept. of Transportation Growing up, our parents would tell us never to get into cars with strangers or take what isn’t ours. Today, that’s all the norm thanks to rideshare apps like Lyft and Uber and dockless bikes and scooters like Lime. As tech evolves, so do our cities and the ways we move around. How is that affecting our transportation systems and urban infrastructure? Today, Gensler's David Zaidain talks with Dan Emerine from the DC Dept. of Transportation and Maggie Gendron of Lime to discuss. Show Notes: bit.ly/gensle
info_outline How Public Policy Can Play In the Startup Economy | An Interview with Bill Chess, Public Policy Holding Company 01/25/2019
How Public Policy Can Play In the Startup Economy | An Interview with Bill Chess, Public Policy Holding Company Coworking isn't just for startup tech companies. Public Policy Holding Company (PPHC) is a Washington, D.C., based public policy conglomerate that houses a constant flow of boutique PR firms from both sides of the aisle. Today, Gensler Principal & Design Management Leader Jim Williamson, sits down with Bill Chess, CFO for PPHC, to chat about PPHC's unique business model and how the space Gensler designed for it has positively impacted its success.
info_outline Cultivating Culture & Community at the Shaw Create Centre | An interview with John Stephens, Shaw Contract 01/10/2019
Cultivating Culture & Community at the Shaw Create Centre | An interview with John Stephens, Shaw Contract Shaw Contract is an innovative flooring company that is transforming the way we walk through the world. In 2018, Shaw opened its cutting-edge Shaw Create Centre, a new workplace that combines thoughtful ideation with physical creation to put the power of production into designers’ hands. In this episode of the Gensler Design Exchange, Gensler Design Director Meena Krenek speaks with John Stephens, Shaw Contract's Vice President of Marketing.
info_outline Do Good, Be Good: Designing for Issue Advocacy | Gensler & Mera Kitchen Collective 12/20/2018
Do Good, Be Good: Designing for Issue Advocacy | Gensler & Mera Kitchen Collective The holidays are for giving back. This week, we’re celebrating issue advocacy through the power of design. On this episode, Elaine Asal, design strategist in our Gensler Baltimore office, talks with Ryan Cavanaugh (Gensler Atlanta), Michael Adkins (Gensler DC), Meredith Baber (Gensler DC), and Christian Fortuno (Gensler Miami) about their collaboration with Mera Kitchen Collective, a community-driven, food-based cooperative focused on refugee and immigrant women's empowerment. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerp
info_outline Thinking Beyond Borders | LIVE Podcast in partnership with Washington Business Journal 12/06/2018
Thinking Beyond Borders | LIVE Podcast in partnership with Washington Business Journal Recently, Gensler’s Washington, D.C., hub hosted a panel discussion in partnership with the Washington Business Journal to discuss the state of the DMV region, what’s on the horizon, and what that means for our local businesses and communities.
info_outline One Workplace Does Not Fit All | An interview with Janet Pogue McLaurin, Gensler 11/21/2018
One Workplace Does Not Fit All | An interview with Janet Pogue McLaurin, Gensler Brandon Larcom, Director of Product Development for Gensler's Southeast Region, interviews Janet Pogue McLaurin, Principal at Gensler, about global trends in workplace design. Janet is a workplace strategist, researching how design can impact office effectiveness, wellbeing, and innovation. Brandon sits down with Janet to discuss what a healthy work environment looks like, how to measure productivity, and where workplace design is headed.
info_outline How Red Bull Atlanta Got its Wings | An interview with Alastair Dickson, Red Bull 11/09/2018
How Red Bull Atlanta Got its Wings | An interview with Alastair Dickson, Red Bull Today, Gensler Design Director Meena Krenek speaks with Red Bull's Southeast Vice President of Marketing Alastair Dickson. The two dissect the importance of 'why' – why Alistair was interested to the Red Bull brand in the first place, why Red Bull decided to move its new Southeast HQ into an abandoned warehouse in a burgeoning part of Atlanta, and why design is pivotal to cultivating customer experience and fostering a positive, productive workplace that inspires employees everyday.
info_outline S4E4 - Working Better with WorkWell | An interview with Liz Resenic, Gensler 11/05/2018
S4E4 - Working Better with WorkWell | An interview with Liz Resenic, Gensler Greg Plavcan sits down with Liz Resenic of Gensler’s Washington office. Liz is a Sustainability Specialist and an active contributor to Gensler’s WorkWell model as well as Gensler’s internal wellbeing initiatives. In their conversation, Greg and Liz discuss the symbiotic relationship between sustainability and wellbeing, the history of Gensler’s WorkWell model, and how Gensler is continuing to evolve and expand it’s well-being program internally and externally.
info_outline S4E3 - Updating the ASLA HQ | An Interview with Nancy Somerville, American Society for Landscape Architects 10/29/2018
S4E3 - Updating the ASLA HQ | An Interview with Nancy Somerville, American Society for Landscape Architects In this episode of the Gensler Design Exchange podcast, host Gregory Plavcan talks with Gary Strehlke, the Wellbeing Navigator at Steelcase. Gary begins by describing wellbeing hubs at Steelcase as an accessible approach to HR. Rather than the “principal’s office” HR tends to be, a wellbeing hub is an intentional space designed with a holistic approach: a place where employees can address concerns both directly and indirectly related to work.
info_outline S4E2 - The Value of Investing in Human Resources | An Interview with Gary Strehlke, Steelcase 10/18/2018
S4E2 - The Value of Investing in Human Resources | An Interview with Gary Strehlke, Steelcase Gensler's Gregory Plavcan talks with Gary Strehlke, Wellbeing Navigator at Steelcase. Steelcase's wellbeing hubs are an accessible approach to HR. Rather than the “principal’s office” HR tends to be, a wellbeing hub is an intentional space where employees can address concerns both directly and indirectly related to work and where physical barriers to access are transformed or removed with a goal of making people feel comfortable enough to engage the resources. SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/genslerpod
info_outline S4E1 - What is Wellbeing? | An Interview with Grace Ogden, George Washington University 10/04/2018
S4E1 - What is Wellbeing? | An Interview with Grace Ogden, George Washington University Gensler's Gregory Plavcan talks with mindfulness meditation teacher Grace Ogden, who draws from 27 years of experience in mindfulness meditation and teaches at George Washington University and UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness. Gregory and Grace discuss the difference between wellness and wellbeing, how and why to cultivate a wellbeing-oriented workplace, how to get more people to engage in mindfulness practices, and two practical tips for fighting a distressed mind. Show Notes: bit.ly/genslerpod
info_outline S3E7 - How Gensler Sports Approaches Stadium Design | an interview with Kristin Byrd, Byron Chambers, and Steve Chung 06/14/2018
S3E7 - How Gensler Sports Approaches Stadium Design | an interview with Kristin Byrd, Byron Chambers, and Steve Chung Gensler Sports team has designed dozens of dynamic sports facilities across the world and across the college and professional leagues. In today’s final installment of the Gensler Design Exchange sports series, Ryan Sickman, Gensler’s firmwide practice area leader in sports, talks to colleagues Kristin Byrd, Byron Chambers, and Steve Chung, about Gensler’s innovative perspective on sports and stadium design.
info_outline S3E6 - How to Design Event Security for Large-Scale Sporting Events | an Interview with Russ Simons 05/31/2018
S3E6 - How to Design Event Security for Large-Scale Sporting Events | an Interview with Russ Simons If you’ve attended any sporting event in the last ten years, chances are you’ve walked through a metal detector or had your bag checked by a guard after you scan your ticket. Ryan Sickman, Gensler’s sports practice area leader, spoke with Russ Simons, Chief Listening Officer and Managing Partner at Venue Solutions Group, about the top trends in sporting event security today and how venues can design for more effective visitor and player safety tomorrow.
info_outline S3E5 - How the Capital One Arena is Bringing New Energy to Downtown D.C. | an interview with Jordan Silberman & David Touhey 05/21/2018
S3E5 - How the Capital One Arena is Bringing New Energy to Downtown D.C. | an interview with Jordan Silberman & David Touhey Today, the Capital One Arena has hosted 47 million people and more than 3,915 events. Its impact, however, far exceeds its walls. The neighborhood, once destitute, is now a lively mixed use district. Ryan Sickman, Gensler’s sports leader, spoke with Jordan Silberman and David Touhey, Vice Presidents of Operations for Capital One Arena, about the stadium’s commitment to its local community and how they are rethinking design to create enhanced experiences for its fans.
info_outline S3E4 - What College Athletes Want in Training Facilities and Stadiums | an interview with Scott Barnes 05/10/2018
S3E4 - What College Athletes Want in Training Facilities and Stadiums | an interview with Scott Barnes At Oregon State University, Gensler Sports is working closely with the athletics department to upgrade student-athletes’ resources and player spaces. Ryan Sickman, Gensler’s sports practice area leader, speaks with Scott Barnes, Vice President & Athletics Director at Oregon State University, to talk about how advanced technology is helping increase recruitment while designing optimized, individualized training programs and player safety strategies for student-athletes.