Ashley Marsh

A subjective demostration of societal values, architecture is that which stands between utopia and reality.


Ashley Marsh is a design strategist and architect who believes the bandwidth of the world is greater than that of your...


A licensed architect, Ashley brings over a decade of expertise in strategic design and planning for the built environment. She is passionate about non-linear design approaches and is most at home scenario planning the future of the human condition. 

Currently a Senior Design Strategist at Gensler, she leads engagement processes that leverage the social and reputation capital of communities. She’s proud of having facilitated in unique settings: the warehouse of a river rafting company in rural Idaho, in an empty parking lot on Oakland’s west side and at the Headland Center for the Arts in Marin. 

She’s an alumna of The Third Teacher + design consultancy and in 2009, she co-founded Open Hand Studio -- a virtually-based social impact studio -- which garnered her a Design Futures Council Emerging Leader award and positioned her as an inaugural member of the Public Interest Design 100. She was honored in 2017 as '40 under 40' by the San Francisco Business Times.


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