Cathy Barrett Joins Gensler

SAN FRANCISCO, June 18, 2015 — Gensler, the global design firm, announced today that Cathy Barrett, AIA, LEED, AP, has joined its San Francisco office as an Interiors Senior Project Designer. With a diverse portfolio that spans from technology industries, workplace, health care and more, Cathy will join the consulting practice area – building relationships with new and existing clients to determine the essence of design problems and provide solutions to meet their needs.

“Cathy has a wealth of knowledge and experience that will positively impact our projects,” said Clark Sept, studio director at Gensler’s San Francisco office. “Her extensive experience working with tall buildings, like the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, will complement the firm’s growing practice in that area.”

Prior to joining Gensler, Barrett was an independent consultant working with Bay Area firms on notable projects including Dubai’s Entisar Tower and Sutter Health Medical Foundation. Her design-based background extends from roles as a Director of Interior Design at WRNS Studio and serving as a Studio Director at Studios Architecture. She, additionally, gained consulting experience at Stantec Consultants. A few of Barrett’s notable past projects include Stanford University’s Friedenrich Center for Translational Research, Mission Hall at UCSF Mission Bay Campus, Watsonville Water Resource and the Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, Calif.

The breadth of Barrett’s experience will be essential to guiding how strategy informs design and bridging the gap between both the consulting and design worlds. Her role will expand globally helping to link the firm’s global offices and practice areas. Currently providing expertise on the firm’s design work with Ericsson, the Swedish multinational provider of communications technology, Barrett’s leadership will also extend to providing market segment research for a variety of new industries for the firm’s consideration – including segment planning for entrepreneurial and startup incubators.

“As an interior architect with a great interest in data, I am thrilled to be working within the consulting studio at Gensler,” said Cathy Barrett. “With the diverse talents and deep knowledge of research in the studio, we’re able to ask the most relevant and essential questions and engage with our clients to get accurate answers using a wide variety of research methodologies. With data in hand, the design process becomes both an art and a science.”

Barrett is a registered architect in California, and is a member of several professional associations. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Design from Ball State University. She has won diverse awards including, AIA Committee on the Environment, IIDA National Design award and more. Barrett has been featured in several, notable publications such as Architectural Record, Interior Design, Contract Design and Healthcare Design Magazine.

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