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J. Marshall Strabala Joins Gensler Houston As Director Of Design

4.7.06 | Houston, TX | Gensler announced today that J. Marshall Strabala, AIA, LEED AP, has joined the firm as Director of Design for Gensler's South Central Region, which includes offices in Houston and Dallas.

"With an impressive record of design performance, Marshall brings both talent and leadership to our firm," said James E. Furr, FAIA, Gensler's South Central Regional Managing Principal. "Marshall's collaborative approach to project delivery also makes him an excellent fit for Gensler."

Mr. Strabala joins Gensler from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago, where he was an Associate Partner and Lead Designer. He brings 25 years of architectural experience to his new role at Gensler. Some of the most notable examples of his work include projects at Canary Wharf in London for Morgan Stanley as well as the award-winning building for Credit Swiss First Boston at 15 The North Colonnade. A noted expert in the design of office buildings, convention centers, and performing arts venues, Strabala spent a year in Asia designing the iconic Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. Strabala has lectured on architectural design to a wide range of audiences around the world and has completed projects in locations ranging from Mainland China, Korea, Europe, to the Middle East. He was the SOM Associate Partner in Charge of Design for several "supertall" mixed-use projects, including the 5-million-square-foot "The Burj Dubai" in the United Arab Emirates; at well over 160 stories, it will be the world's tallest building upon completion in 2008.

An award-winning architectural designer, Marshall Strabala is recipient of the prestigious Burnham Prize in 1996 and the AIA Chicago Chapter-Grand Projects Award, and he is an Affiliated Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. Numerous books and periodicals have featured his work, including Interiors, Context, Designers West, Metamorphosis, and Space. Mr. Strabala holds a Bachelor of Arts in Design from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University.


Gensler is a leading global design, planning and strategic consulting firm, with more than 2000 people and 28 office locations. Gensler's South Central Region provides a comprehensive scope of architectural, design, planning, and consulting services. Led by Regional Managing Principal James E. Furr, FAIA, the region includes a 175-person office in Houston (David Calkins, AIA, Managing Director) and a 55-person office in Dallas (Judy Pesek, IIDA, Managing Director). Gensler is consistently listed as one of the largest architectural firms in the Houston and Dallas markets. Significant projects in the region include headquarter buildings for Anadarko Petroleum and Reliant Energy in Houston and interiors for Pier 1 and the Fidelity Westlake facility in Dallas.

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