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Friday
Mar102017

Bridging the Gap Between Design Education and Practice 

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Like many architecture and design students I did not set foot in a professional environment until after my studies were complete, and to this day I can recall exactly what I felt after spending my first few days at my first firm: a mix of panic and disarray and a worry that there was no possible way I could possibly survive a career in this field.

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Wednesday
Feb222017

Employee Engagement: A Core Business Strategy

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Successful business leaders realize that having engaged employees is not an HR program, but a core business strategy. We know that companies with engaged employees outperform those with less engaged employees. Yet, according to Gallup, a staggering 87 percent of employees worldwide are not engaged.

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Wednesday
Feb222017

Learning Through Practice: Gensler’s Case Study Series

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Here’s the scenario: you’re part of a design team for a 300,000 sq. ft. headquarters facility for an iconic global publishing company. The week before final construction documents are due, the company’s CEO announces plans to add a private executive office to the existing floorplan and hires a private architect to design this addition. Such a drastic change, as well as the inclusion of another architect’s vision at this stage in the design process, will not only push the completion of the construction documents past the deadline but could create additional costs for a project with little wiggle room left in the budget. What do you do? How do you raise these legitimate concerns with the client? What alternatives do you suggest? How might you lead the client and your design-build partners in a rework of the overall strategy?

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Monday
Feb062017

Hidden Truths (and How to Find Them)

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Research is a quest for knowledge; a way to discover hidden truths and challenge our assumptions. This quest requires a commitment to objective, systematic analysis focused on finding solutions to social and scientific challenges. When properly carried out, design research can be the difference between innovation, or simply maintaining the status quo. To achieve this, new knowledge—the currency of our era—needs to be created and freely exchanged so it can inspire new levels of expression and problem-solving. That commitment to both exploration and free exchange is central to both the Gensler Research Program and our Research Catalogue series.

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Thursday
Jan192017

Seven Ways Icons on Floor Plans Can Add Value to Your Organization

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When it comes to space and occupancy management, an accurate floor plan can do more than just represent the physical space—it can help an organization secure occupants’ safety and prepare for the unexpected.

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