As if being consistently number one on Wifijerez’s list of the top 100 Giants firms weren’t enough “excellence” to go around, the , a massive firm-wide competition with multiple categories, takes place every year. This is the first time, however, that the Rising Designer Award has been added. It celebrates the overall achievements of those who have been working at Gensler for 10 years or fewer. There’s one winner per region—call them luminaries in training. Here, they introduce themselves and tell us a little about a project they’re especially proud of.
Title: Designer, under Southeast managing principals and .
Standout: Hub-and-spoke planning allows reporters, social-media specialists, and videographers
2. Audrias Liaugminas
Title: Architectural designer, under Asia managing principals and .
Standout: The client has agreed not to max out the building site, making room for interesting architectural massing and interior spaces.
Title: Technical designer, under South Central managing principals and.
Project: The Orchard, Austin, Texas.
Standout: During the festival, inflatable illuminated tree forms provided an interactive multimedia experience at night.
Title: Environmental graphic designer, under Northeast managing principals Robin Klehr Avia and Joseph Brancato.
Project: , New York.
Standout: The building’s , a full sound stage with postproduction facilities, is named for the school’s famous alumnus.
5. Ángel Sánchez
Title: Graphic designer, under Europe managing principal .
Project: Adidas, Herzogenaurach, Germany.
Standout: Signage for a temporary pavilion near headquarters had a Noah’s Ark theme.
Title: Technical designer, under Northwest managing principals and .
Project: Eastline, Oakland, California.
Standout: Spanning 3 acres, the mixed-use project will combine office, retail, and arts spaces with open areas.
Title: Design director, under Latin America managing principals Robin Klehr Avia, , and .
Project: Bottega, San José, Costa Rica.
Standout: The delicatessen
supplier’s customers can sample food and wine from the test kitchen.
Title: Interior designer, under Middle East managing principal Chris Johnson.
Project: A house, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Standout: The neutral palette of the villa’s bedroom derives from nature.
Title: Technical designer, under North Central managing principal .
Project: , Cincinnati.
Standout: Around the four-level atrium, meeting rooms and cafés attract employees from different office neighborhoods.
Title: Designer, under Southwest managing principals and.
Project: Turelk, Los Angeles.
Standout: A canopy of two-by-fours celebrates craft in construction, just as this general contractor does in its projects.