M. Arthur Gensler, Founder of Architecture Firm Gensler, Has Died

San Francisco, CA, May 11, 2021-M. Arthur Gensler, Jr., founder of the world’s largest architecture firm, has died. He was 85.

Gensler launched his namesake firm in 1965 with just $200, according to the San Francisco Examiner, and over the years, he grew the business into a multinational organization. 

In a statement posted Monday on social media announcing his passing, the firm said: “Art’s 65-year career as an architect is a remarkable story. His gift to the firm was not a vision for what it could be, but rather an ethos that allowed it to grow and prosper against all odds. That ethos was distinguished by a belief in collaboration, support of design education and career advancement, respect for individuals, dedication to clients, and endorsement of sustainable design.

“A passionate founder of Gensler’s unique ‘one-firm firm’ culture, Art embodied core values of mutual trust, respect, empathy, and team spirit and nurtured a collaborative culture that continues today.

“Through his work, leadership, and efforts to advance the profession, Art touched the lives of thousands of people and communities. His legacy, influence, and inspiration will forever be felt throughout the industry and firm.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.