Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A Tradition of Architectural Superlatives

Diane J. Hoskins
Co-CEO, Gensler

Over 120 + years after the pioneering MIT architect Robert R. Taylor became the architectural director and master builder of Tuskegee Institute's signature buildings, Diane J. Hoskins is trailblazing another legacy of her own through leading the prestigious architectural firm - Gensler. Diane's professional accomplishments are exemplified throughout the complex and multi-dimensional arenas of architecture, design, real estate, and business.

Known as a contemporary model of the master architect, Hoskins's career has elevated the field of architecture and design through introducing groundbreaking programs in research, talent development, technology, sustainable design, strategic planning and client performance. She is known throughout the industry as a leading thought leader and innovative thinker, and she has been instrumental in Gensler's growth in becoming the largest architecture and design firm in the world. A sought after speaker and corporate strategist, Hoskins is her industry's authoritative voice on workplace design and research innovation. She is active in her community, and has been honored for her work promoting expanded opportunities for young people throughout her region.

Diane is one of two Gensler Co-CEOs, whose collaborative leadership model sets itself apart in the marketplace as a leading global design firm through its innovation strategies. A hands-on leader, Diane oversees Gensler’s global platform and its day-to-day operations, some 5,000+ people networked across 46 offices, serving clients in 120+ countries. Diane is focused on Gensler’s global talent strategies, performance and organizational development to ensure that we serve our clients with the world’s top talent. She is Vice Chair of Gensler’s Board of Directors and the catalyst for Gensler’s Research program, for which Diane is committed to delivering value to clients through strategies and innovations like Gensler’s Workplace Performance Index® (WPI). A Registered Architect, she graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (S.B. '79, Architecture) and holds an MBA ('87) from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.

Diane received an Outstanding Impact Award from the Council of Real Estate Women and is both a Regent of the American Architectural Foundation and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Her insights have appeared in the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post and The Economist; and she was a featured speaker at Bloomberg Businessweek’s CEO Conference. In her role as Co-CEO, Diane is one of the key contributors to what is acknowledged, by its peers, to be the most admired and largest architecture firm in the world, pioneering project types and design innovation strategies for the next century.

Excerpt from LinkedIn and Gensler respectively. Image Credit: Gensler

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