As Co-Managing Director of Gensler’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors, Joe Lauro’s leadership has advanced the firm’s climate change efforts, enhanced our firmwide architectural practice, and strengthened our design realization approach.
Throughout his 24 years at Gensler, Joe has established himself as a trusted advisor to clients across diverse sectors. From financial services and consumer goods to multi-family residential, healthcare, aviation, and critical facilities, industry leaders such as Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, L’Oreal, Michael Kors, Equinox, and Prologis regularly seek his expertise. In New York, Joe is widely recognized as an invaluable resource to developers, landlords, and tenants alike, leading large-scale base building projects for developers such as Boston Properties, Related Companies, and Vanbarton Group.
Through his passionate leadership and commitment to bettering the communities Gensler works in, Joe has led the firm’s market growth across the Northeast region, managing large projects including the repositioning of Citicorp Tower Plaza, New Terminal One at JFK International Airport, and various industrial and logistics centers. An early adopter of resilient design practices, Joe has motivated his clients and colleagues to adopt more ambitious sustainability goals for decades. Joe is a key originator of the firm’s GC3 initiative, which is Gensler’s industry-wide challenge to reduce carbon emissions by 2030.
Over his nearly 30-year career, Joe has also held many leadership roles outside of Gensler. He currently sits on the New York Building Congress Board of Directors and co-chairs the organization’s Energy Committee. He is a member of Urban Design Forum, ULI, and USGBC. As an executive board member of ACE Mentorship’s NYC Chapter, a founding board member of Make-A-Wish NY Real Estate Council, and a board member of Salvadori Center focusing on STEAM programs in underserved communities, Joe is committed to diversifying the pipeline of young architects into the profession and consistently puts the needs of his community first.