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Trish Donnally Joins Gensler as Regional Public Relations Director

Focus will be on Gensler's PR in the South Central Region of the United States

AUSTIN, TX. September 28, 2017 – Gensler, the world’s leading design and architecture firm, is pleased to announce that Trish Donnally has joined the firm as South Central Regional Public Relations Director. A member of the National Press Club, Donnally is a public relations expert, author, and national award-winning editor with newspaper, magazine, television, radio, and social media experience.

Donnally was formerly the Director of Public Relations for seven years at ForrestPerkins, which merged last year with Perkins Eastman. Earlier in her career, she was Editor in Chief of Washington Spaces, a magazine owned by The Washington Post that celebrated architecture and interior design. Donnally has co-authored several books, including The New Traditional, Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2008, with Darryl Carter, an Architectural Digest Top 100 Designer. She and Carter also co-authored The Collected Home, Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2012, which Elle Décor named among the “Best Design Books of Winter 2012.”

Donnally’s work has appeared in Urban Land, The Washington Post, and Hotel Business Review, among other publications. While working at the San Francisco Chronicle where she was Fashion Editor for 15 years, Donnally was honored with more than 25 national journalism awards, including the George A. Hough III Award for “Overall Superior Reporting on the Apparel Industry.”

Located in Gensler’s Austin office, Donnally will oversee public relations in Gensler’s South Central Region, which includes its Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio offices.

About Gensler

Gensler is a global design firm grounded in the belief that great design optimizes business performance and human potential. Our 5,000 practitioners networked across 44 offices use global perspective and local presence to innovate at every scale. Whether we are refreshing a retailer’s brand, planning a new urban district or designing a super tall building, we strive to make the everyday places people occupy more inspiring, more resilient, and more impactful. Recent accolades: #1 Architecture Firm 2016 Architectural Record; #1 Top 100 Giants Research: Ranking 2016 Interior Design; #1 International Architecture Firm, Green Design Firm, Data Center Design Firm, University Design Firm, Retail Design Firm 2016 Building Design + Construction.

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