Lauren Hlavenka D’Urso

Northeast Regional Communications Director Senior Associate, Gensler

An innovative thinker with a record of creating results-driven communications, Lauren has been helping design firms tell their stories for 18 years. At Gensler, Lauren works closely with leadership to advance the firm’s business goals and communications strategies in New York, Boston, Morristown, and Toronto. Lauren oversees business development efforts for the northeast region, including coordinating large, multi-office pursuits and client account strategies. A natural storyteller, she also coordinates the region’s marketing collateral, working with designers and architects to share the stories behind their portfolios. Lauren leads the internal communications to more than 1,000 employees and works with local marketing professionals on external communications, including press releases, newsletters, events, award submissions, and speaking engagements. Prior to Gensler, Lauren led marketing, business development, and public relations efforts for STUDIOS Architecture and Handel Architects. She has been involved in SMPS-NY for her entire career, serving on the Board as Director of Communications and Professional Development, and President of the New York Chapter (2008/2009).