Walter Hunt Tackles Tough Times, Talent, and Time Management

Walter Hunt, FAIA, vice chairman, Gensler

Joan Capelin interviewed Walter Hunt, vice chairman of Gensler, for the ninth interview of the “Sound Advice” series.

The podcast provides Walter’s advice on why it’s important to consistently conduct talent searches and cultivate interns; how not to take on more than you can handle; why it isn’t necessary to drop fees; and who should run design firms.

Walter Hunt directs Gensler’s Global Client Program from its New York office and leads selected projects in New York – although he is often in Las Vegas on the MGM MIRAGE CityCenter project, the largest privately funded development in the US.  In addition he serves on Gensler’s board of directors. He began his career at Gensler San Francisco and served as managing principal of the Denver office from 1978-1985 before transferring to New York as co-managing principal.

In 1999, Walter served as president of the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter.  He currently sits on the Yale Architecture Foundation Dean’s Council.

Click here to listen to the podcast and view Walter Hunt’s full bio.  Visit our “Sound Advice” page to hear other podcasts in the series, which to date includes Jim Cramer, chairman of the Greenway Group; Thomas Scarangello, chairman of Thornton Tomasetti; Lenore Lucey, vice president of NCARB; Friedl Bohm, former chairman of NBBJ, now head of White Oak Partners; Marjanne Pearson, NextMoon; Eugene Kohn, KPF Architects; Ray Messer, Walter P Moore; and Hugh Hochberg, The Coxe Group.