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Wednesday, Jun 19, 2024

LA500 2024: Michael White

Co-Managing Principal, Gensler Los Angeles

White recently led a team of Gensler’s next-generation designers through its own “office of the future” transformation of its downtown Los Angeles office, meant in part to serve as a blueprint for how other companies can design their creative office space. White is also a Gensler board member and on the firm’s management committee.

What’s the best advice you ever got?
Be Where You Are: The importance of being present, actively focused and engaged in everything I do.

What’s your favorite movie, all time and in any category?
Studio Ghibli’s “”Ponyo”” was the movie I watched with my family when my children were growing up. I love the environmental message, the spiritual connection and a unique, creative animation technique.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?
Fantasy bucket list? To tour with a live band.

What was your first car?
Matchbox Porsche 910 (a miniature collectible).

Would you like to have it back?
I still have it.

What’s the best thing about living in Los Angeles?
The weather and the ocean. I surf with my kids every week.


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