Josef Gesing's work is connected with Frankfurt (Oder). The city established a School Council Office in 1925. Gesing started to design modern architecture, influenced by Expressionism. In the late 1920s he decided to use more plain, functionalistic elements.
He stayed in Frankfurt (Oder) until 1963. He tried to participate in the reconstruction of the city after World War II. In the last year of his life he moved to Trier, West Germany.