Meghan Webster Firmwide Education Practice Area Leader, Senior Associate, Gensler

As a Firmwide Education Practice Area Leader at Gentler, Meghan leads teams and projects across contexts that are both global and local, strategic and built, virtual and physical. She helps shape strategic vision, develop new business, leverage research, and build client engagement. Prior to her time at Gensler, she lived and worked in Boston and Germany for Behnisch Architekten, developing an international perspective on architecture. Meghan’s vision and focus on delivering results to clients cultivates long-term relationships. She has experience in every phase of the design, management and construction process. Her work with Northwestern University over the past several years encompasses projects at multiple scales, the most recent of which is a strategic, data-based planning project to refurbish andrebrand 1.9M square feet of campus common space.

Meghan’s portfolio of education projects includes Capitol Federal Hall for the School of Business at University of Kansas – a building that has received multiple awards since its opening in 2016. She is currently leading the team for the new Columbia College Chicago Student Center, a ground-up building that aspires to redefine this campus paradigm.

A frequent blogger and speaker, Meghan regularly contributes to GenslerOn and has presented at regional and national SCUP conferences and SXSW EDU. With her team, Meghan started a panel discussion series called Dialogues with Gensler. She now moderates the series, covering trends at the forefront of higher education. Since its inception in 2012, the series has drawn support from leadership at many of Chicago’s institutions, including the City of Chicago, industry partners, and clients. Meghan is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and currently is a vice chair on ULI’s Chicago Product Council on Mixed Use & Urban Development.