I talked this week with Doug Wittnebel, design director in the Oakland office of the architecture firm Gensler & Associates. Gensler is headquartered in San Francisco, and just opened this new Oakland office about six weeks ago (after closing their old East Bay office, which had been in San Ramon). A lot of the work Gensler is doing is connected to Oakland's changing economy, like their work on the renovation of the former downtown Sears. Doug and I talked about those changes, the role of architecture in solving big problems, and about the art he makes for fun.
March 10, 2015