Andy Cohen is Co-CEO of Gensler, a global architecture that redefines what it possible through the power of design. He has worked with Gensler since 1981, starting as an Architectural Designer before being promoted to Vice President. During his 12 years in this role, Andy was key to the office’s significant growth of staff and projects.
In 2000 he became Regional Managing Principal for Gensler’s Southwest region, comprised of offices in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Denver. In 2005 he assumed his current role of Co-CEO, in which he oversees the global platform and day-to-day operations, including 5,000+ employees serving clients in 120+ countries.
Andy grew up in Long Island, New York, and worked in his father’s dairy market on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. In high school he developed an interest in architecture while taking a drafting course. He graduated from Pratt Institute in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture, focusing on sustainable design.
Andy moved from Manhattan to LA to find work on the West Coast and has lived in the area ever since. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors. Andy has been a speaker at many premier industry conferences and has published case studies in numerous design journals and an active member of the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and is a Board Member of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He is married to Portia Policastro Cohen, and they have a daughter and a son.
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