Consultant - Lighting Designer Fisher Marantz Stone
Consultant - Lighting Designer Levien & Company
Craig Byers, Brand Design Director Gensler
Andrea Plenter, Brand Design Lead Gensler
John Bricker, Creative Director Gensler
Kevin Carlin, Brand Project Manager Gensler
Jocelyn Mastroianni, Brand Designer Gensler
Corina Benatuil, Brand Designer Gensler
Zamie Casazola, Brand Designer Gensler
Jose Troconis, Brand Designer Gensler
A private not-for-profit organization established in 1936, the Ford Foundation partnered with Gensler for a mission-driven redesign of its landmarked Manhattan headquarters. The holistic renovation transforms the Foundation’s workplace and public spaces in a manifestation of its mission: to promote the inherent dignity of all people.
Completed by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates in 1968, the Ford Foundation’s building was hailed as an architectural icon with its interior garden and atrium, 12 floors of sophisticated office space, and mid-century modern furniture collection.
The design team created a new art gallery and mission-driven art program throughout the building to highlight and engage an equitable experience for all who work and visit.
A new double-height gallery was created by removing a portion of the building’s second floor concrete slab. Working with the gallery director, the design team developed a space to feature rotating contemporary exhibitions reflecting the social and cultural issues of our times. The rotating art on display has been commissioned by Ford Foundation and focuses on artists who are engaged in the broader mission of the organization. Art allows the Foundation to engage a community around the globe who align on a dialogue around social justice.
The comprehensive art program includes site-specific installations and murals that reflect the Foundation’s values. Powerful imagery and text support the narrative in all workplace and convening areas. Gensler’s environmental graphics, signage, and wayfinding design leverage powerful imagery and text throughout. All art installations and murals within the building are visible to the community through the atrium and common areas.
As part of the planning process, Gensler visited the studios of the artists creating site-specific murals including JR, Odili Donald Odita, Jess X. Snow, and Teresita Fernández. Drawings, building plans, and elevations were shared with the artists as they were creating their work for the Foundation. This allowed the art to be a deeply embedded design element which supports storytelling around social change. The power of art express the trials and tribulations of social challenges the world is facing today.
Robin Klehr Avia, FIIDA, Project Principal
Madeline Burke-Vigeland, AIA, Principal and Project Director
Ed Wood, IIDA, Principal and Design Director
Lydia Gould, CID, IIDA, Principal and Design Director
Ambrose Aliaga-Kelly, AIA, Principal and Technical Director
Johnathan Sandler, Principal and Strategy Director
Bevin Savage-Yamazaki, Assoc. AIA, Project Manager
Jonas Gabbai, LEED, Design Director
Karen Pedrazzi, AIA, LEED, Technical Architect
Thomas Turner, AIA, Architect
Meghan Magee, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, LEED-AP, Designer
Obi Elechi, Designer
Anthony Harris, AIA, LEED, Architect
Ian Korn, AIA, LEED, Architect
Kate Sherwood, AIA, Design Manager
David Briefel, LEED, Sustainability Director
Lissa Krueger, Designer
John Bricker, Creative Director
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Art matters. Attention to the details of our environment leads to love of place, which brings us to take responsibility for the spaces where we live and work. And by extension, the people with whom we live and work. And by extension, to our local communities, our cities, our nations, and our world.
We champion the role of artists in our society. We need artists to provide us with inspiration, creativity, and imagination, and to help us envision a better world.
Architects and designers know that remarkable design can change everything. They connect the dots across disciplines, collaborating with artists to make the world a more beautiful place. They are the ultimate patrons of the arts.
In the process, design professionals promote imagination and creativity, and through their commissions, make original art integral to and accessible in people's lives.
Art in our public and private spaces helps us fight ordinary buildings, ordinary streets, ordinary cities. We celebrate the extraordinary.
The architecture of our buildings and the design of our interiors affect our happiness and well-being. Each of us deserves a daily dose of inspiration.