We also have to be mindful of health. The ubiquity of touchless [features], bringing sinks into public areas to encourage handwashing, HVAC systems installed in buildings with new levels of filtration—these features will be coming as the technology becomes better priced.
The last piece is inclusion and equity. We are building [an internal] database of Black professionals in the country. We have almost 2,000 people from the professions of architecture, interior design, graphic design, city planning, product design, and digital design [included], and it’s growing every day. We’re working with the AIA, NOMA [National Organization of Minority Architects], and others to ensure Gensler is a great place for Black architects. We’ve realized that it’s going to take intentionality. We have to look at our systems, and where we look for candidates. We’re really taking seriously the fact that we need to find talent in architecture, urban design, graphic design, and building from a lot of different sources.
CEO, American Society of Interior Designers
I see this pandemic, as horrible as it is, as a huge opportunity for the profession. What it’s doing for interior designers especially is showing others that interiors are the core to moving forward. The