Courtesy GSA

Considering today’s economy, former U.S. General Services Administration Public Buildings Service chief Robert Peck, Hon. AIA, practically flew off the job market. Peck, who was fired four months ago in the fallout of a Las Vegas conference spending scandal, will now head one of San Francisco–based Gensler’s consulting practices.

Starting Sept. 4, Peck will join Gensler as part of its Southeast regional workplace consulting group, based in Washington, D.C. Currently made up of about 15 people, the group has been in search of a leader for nearly two years, regional managing principal Diane Hoskins says.

Despite his break with the GSA, Hoskins says Gensler is confident in Peck’s leadership skills. “His record of accomplishment really speaks for itself,” she says. 

What really set Peck apart from the other candidates the firm interviewed for the role is Peck’s understanding of both the real-estate market and workplace strategy, Hoskins says. As the head of the Southeast region workplace consulting practice, Peck will focus on developing new business both locally and globally, and helping to meet the needs of multi-location clients.

Peck met firm co-founder Art Gensler in 1992, Hoskins says, and he has worked closely with Gensler ever since.