As a global business Gensler is certainly gender diverse. Indeed, 52% of their staff identify as female, with several of Gensler’s senior leadership positions held by women, however it isn’t even something that comes to the forefront. In his own words Art Gensler says, “I employ really good people and then I get out of their way.” How refreshing to let people bring to the table their own qualities and see the best in them. Understanding that we all learn from each other is key to the success of any business or studio, and Art’s comment attests to this.
So a culture of sharing is important in the DNA of Gensler, a “one-firm firm” culture really does mean that the end result is the best version of itself. In replicating this across the globe, Gensler’s “Co-CEO” model means two people, and ultimately the entire firm, benefit from their shared knowledge and leadership. Working together at the top of the business really trickles down into the way the culture feels across the planet.