Professional Services

We partner with professional services firms to transform offices into inspiring magnets for professionals and clients. We help management advisory and legal firms implement immersive, tailored workplace experiences that promote flexibility, productivity, shared purpose, and collaboration.
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Confidential Client, Shanghai
The future of design for professional services firms will be defined by new technologies, the amenities and workspaces that attract and retain top talent, and how the workplace demonstrates social impact and sustainability bona fides.
—Timothy Bromiley, Professional Services leader

Focus spaces and drop-in desks help define the hybrid law office.

Hybrid work arrangements mean firms are trading closed offices and assigned seating for focus spaces and drop-in desks — freeing up square footage for richer amenities and additional collaborative spaces with upgraded A/V technology that make the office a productive space for hybrid work and a cultural hub worth traveling for.


Firms are putting their sustainability credentials on display.

Sustainability is a key differentiator for potential talent, clients, and investors. As firms try to lessen their environmental impact, many are demonstrating their commitment to environmental sustainability by reducing their carbon and physical footprint, pursuing LEED, BREEAM, and other certifications, and designing the workplace to enable resource efficiency.


Design for culture and inclusion will stimulate workplace collaboration.

Culture is key to attracting and retaining talent. The physical workplace is essential in defining and sharing a firm’s culture with employees and clients. Offices should enable interaction and support connection and mentoring, while creating a sense of belonging for all employees. Creating human-centric workplaces that inspire purpose and demonstrate organizational values will help firms stand out to potential talent and clients alike.

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Design Forecast 2024
Design Forecast identifies the trends and design strategies that are shaping the future of the human experience and the built environment. We provide strategic advice, research, and projects from all 33 of Gensler’s practices to help clients prepare for transformational times.