LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA – The Design Futures Council (DFC) presented Art Gensler with a lifetime achievement award on January 14, 2016, at the organization’s Leadership Summit on Design Innovation & Technology. The award was presented by James P. Cramer, cofounder and chairman of the Design Futures Council, and Doug Parker, managing principal of Greenway Group and an honorary senior fellow of the DFC.
Art Gensler founded Gensler in 1965 with three employees. The firm has since grown to 5,000 professionals who practice from a global network of 46 locations with billings in excess of $1 billion. In his recently published book, Art’s Principles, Art Gensler shares the essentials of leadership, talent acquisition and operations, while outlining the creative strategies that propelled a small business into one of the largest and most admired in its industry.
He is a Fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association, and a professional member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Art Gensler is a charter member of Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame and a recipient of IIDA’s Star Award. He has also received Ernst & Young LLP’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
“The Design Futures Council Lifetime Achievement Award is for extraordinary accomplishments that elevate and advance the profession of architecture and design. Art Gensler has built a firm that exemplifies the perfect balance of artistic, technical, and business excellence,” said James P. Cramer. “Gensler has helped define the way we practice and run firms today. He continues to serve as an inspiration to the profession.”
In its 22-year history, the DFC has only presented one other lifetime achievement award, which was given to Gene Kohn of Kohn Pedersen Fox in 2015.
“I am honored to receive this recognition from the Design Futures Council. Through their DesignIntelligence publications and research, and their leadership summits, the DFC has brought together and educated thought leaders of the built environment.” said Gensler.