Shaping the Future of our Cities

From Architectural Record’s 2018 Innovation Conference
Presented by Andy Cohen, FAIA, Co-CEO, Gensler

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the importance of cities on the impact of the future of the world.
  2. List the factors that have led to the migration of people to cities.
  3. Identify the trends occurring in the workplace that are shaping the urban environment.
  4. Create buildings using trends designed to be better for cities and healthier workspaces.


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Andy Cohen, FAIA, Co-CEO, Gensler
Andy Cohen is one of two Gensler Co-CEOs whose collaborative leadership model sets itself apart in the marketplace as a leading global design firm. For his innovative leadership, he and Co-CEO Diane Hoskins rank on Business Insider’s elite “Creators” list, a who’s who of the world’s 100 top creative visionaries. A hands-on leader, Andy oversees Gensler’s global platform and its day-to-day operations, some 5,500+ people networked across 46 offices, serving clients in 120+ countries. A champion of design, resiliency, and sustainability, Andy is a member of Gensler’s Board of Directors, spearheading design excellence strategies across Gensler’s diverse practice areas. Andy has been a speaker at many premier industry conferences, including the Urban Land Institute, Milken Institute Global Conference, Pension Real Estate Association, and TEDx. He is an active Young President’s Organization (YPO) Gold member and is also a board member of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. In his role as Co-CEO, Andy is one of the key contributors to what is acknowledged, by its peers, as the most admired and largest architecture firm in the world, pioneering project types and design innovation strategies for the next century and acknowledged by FastCompany as one of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies.”

Cities play a critical role in business, policy, and the human experience. Join Andy Cohen as he explores the implications of the most significant factors shaping the future of cities today, with a special focus on mobility strategies.


Originally published in March 2019