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Water and Resilience at the Clark

The reflecting pool at the Clark. Photo © Gensler, Chris Leonard Photographer

When visitors arrive at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (the Clark) in Williamstown, Mass., they are greeted by a wonderful sense of calm. Tadao Ando, design architect for the project, recently stated “This is a great place to contemplate what it means to be alive.” Whenever I’m immersed in this environment, I feel a deep connection to art, architecture and nature. Being at the Clark creates a heightened awareness of each; the beauty is in the overwhelming feeling itself. It is pure joy.

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The Future of the Campus Health Center and Student Wellness

Bechara Choucair, commissioner of public health for the City of Chicago; Denise Scarpelli, market pharmacy director for Walgreens; and Alex Lickerman, vice president of student health and counseling for the University of Chicago speak at Gensler’s Chicago office about the future of student wellness and on-campus health centers. Image © Gensler

What is your memory of the campus health center when you were in college? For many, it’s of a somewhat sinister building that you only visited when you absolutely had to – and even then, it was with the firm belief that you were going to check out in worse shape than when you checked in.

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Collaboration and the Executive Architect

Maddy Burke-Vigeland, Gary Hilderbrand, Tadao Ando and Annabelle Selldorf at the grand re-opening of the Clark Art Institute. Image Gensler

For the past decade, Gensler has had the privilege of serving as Executive Architect for the expansion of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (The Clark), and Principal Maddy Burke-Vigeland, AIA, has directed the project for our team. We’ve worked hand-in-hand with Design Architects Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, Selldorf Architects, and wHY Architecture; Landscape Architects Reed Hilderbrand; and Master Planner Cooper, Robertson & Partners, in the design and implementation of the project which includes a new Visitor Center, renovation of the existing Museum Building and the Manton Research Center, and extensive new landscaping.

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Designing for Legacy at the Duke Endowment

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In historical terms, legacy is something that is passed down from one time period to another. And in today’s dynamic world, personal legacy is becoming more relevant than ever. Legacy leverages the progress of previous generations and helps us envision the way to future prosperity. Carlos Salum has been studying legacy and peak performance at his management consulting firm Salum International Resources. He believes that humans have a hard-wired, animalistic drive to pass on our genes. He sees it in our DNA. In his mind, it is a uniquely human attribute to attempt to transcend our life span and make a mark, to positively influence our society and leave a path for others to follow.

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Campus UX: Branded Environments in Education

Good branding brings the built environment to life. Image © Gensler

When most colleges and universities consider their brands, they rarely venture beyond the design and implementation of a logo. Time and time again we have seen this “logo” inconsistently used on brochures and buildings without further thought into the potential power of branding.

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