Three Ways the Homewood-Brushton YMCA Strengthens the City

  • December 6, 2016
  • Author: Ryan Mustio

Three Ways the Homewood-Brushton YMCA Strengthens the City.

Open Hand Studio Meet & Match 2016: Back to Chicago!

  • November 28, 2016
  • Author: Emma Cuciurean-Zapan

The 6th annual Meet & Match event in our Chicago office to develop strong partnerships between design professionals and non-profit organizations.

What the Election Tells us About Where Healthcare (and Healthcare Design) is Heading

  • November 9, 2016
  • Author: Dr. Manny Hernandez

As the old saying goes, may you live in interesting times. In what was one of the greatest political stunners in modern American history, the world awoke Wednesday morning to a President-elect Donald J. Trump. While some people are likely standing around the water cooler today reflecting on what this means for America and the world at large, for those of us working in the healthcare design field, we have to think about what this means for our businesses and our clients’ businesses. So, what does a Donald Trump presidency look like for healthcare? In a phrase, buckle up. We’re in for an interesting ride. Over the past six years our clients have…

Design is Everything

  • November 2, 2016
  • Author: Arjun Bhat

Key takeaways from the University of Kansas Architecture + Design Alumni Symposium Earlier this year, I was privileged to be given the opportunity to help organize the First Annual University of Kansas Architecture and Design Alumni Symposium (titled “The 12,000 that Innovate”), which took place October 13-15th. The day’s sessions all centered around a broad analysis of the Practice of Design – with the invited Symposium presenters narrating stories illustrating the day’s three major touchpoints: design culture, societal engagement, and emerging technologies. Presenters spanned a wide cross-section of fields, ranging from architecture to graphic design to public policy to user experience. The aim of the day’s discussions was to take…

CannonDesign Shines at 2016 AIA St. Louis Design Awards

  • September 23, 2016
  • Author: David Polzin

The annual AIA St. Louis Design Awards celebration is one of my favorite nights of the year. Being from St. Louis and a proud member of the city’s design community, I’m always excited to see the best work from the past year – and the people who made it possible – recognized. Fortunately, the design awards often prove especially rewarding as CannonDesign consistently brings home multiple awards. This year proved no different for our firm as CannonDesign received an Architecture Merit Award for our work with the University of Missouri – St. Louis Recreation and Wellness Center and a Merit Award for Unbuilt Architecture for the Maryland Heights Community Center….

From Excellent to Outstanding: Yale Sterling Chemistry Lab Opens

  • September 1, 2016
  • Author: John Jennings

The CannonDesign team was pleased to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the renovated Yale Sterling Chemistry Laboratory. This opening culminates three years of intense work that drew on integrated expertise from a variety of CannonDesign offices including Boston, Washington DC, St. Louis and New York City.  There has been a very positive response within the Yale community, with the Yale Daily News covering the opening extensively and capturing President Salovey’s remarks. We are at a moment here at Yale when we will take the excellent science, research, and education we do on campus, especially Science Hill, and move it to a truly outstanding level. – Peter Salovey, Yale President Yale’s Sterling Chemistry Lab has…

BuiltWorlds Obama Presidential Center Crowdsourcing Competition

  • August 17, 2016
  • Author: Timothy Swanson

One of the more fascinating events I’ve been able to take part in over the past year has been serving as a judge for the BuiltWorlds Obama Presidential Center crowdsourced design competition. If you’re unfamiliar, the Barack Obama Foundation announced it had narrowed its field of candidates to seven prominent architects who will compete to design the upcoming center and library on Chicago’s south side. For fun and creativity’s sake, BuiltWorlds decided to ask, “What sort of Presidential Library would the people design?” and invited all designers, from everywhere, to unlock their design talent and generate visionary architectural and urban design schemes for this extraordinary, one-time opportunity to shape our…

How Great Facility Design Can Earn Millions More in R&D Grants

  • July 26, 2016
  • Author: Stephen Blair

Excellent facility design will be your R&D grant differentiator Funding challenges are a major concern for many institutions around the United States. Colleges and universities are tasked with securing hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars in grants each year to continue their important research and development. When applying for R&D funding from the federal government, the proposed scientific concept needs to hold merit, but equally important is showing the merit of your research facility. How will the facility support the research and development within? Related Content: Infographic: Navigating the Complexities of Federal Grants For construction, renovation and equipment grant applications, the requirements include engineering criteria, architectural criteria, line drawings, timelines,…

Millipore Lobby Renovation Wins IES Illumination Award

  • July 12, 2016
  • Author: Sara Schonour

We are thrilled to announce that our design of the Millipore lobby renovation in Boston has received an Award of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). The award recognizes projects for their ingenuity and originality, as well as their contributions to the lighting design industry. More about the Millipore lobby renovation. As a part of a branding and image transformation, this international life-science client sought to create a feature lobby gallery to welcome, engage, and educate visitors who enter the headquarters. The design has become the basis for six more of the company’s lobbies — expanding and empowering the client’s fresh new brand. The glowing, backlit walls of the…

Placemaking, Impactful Design and the Bloomberg BusinessWeek Design Conference

  • July 11, 2016
  • Author: Aaron Hyland

Placemaking and its role within the world of design. In recent years and months I have committed a good deal of my time and energy to advancing placemaking and its role within the world of design. As defined by The Project for Public Spaces, “Placemaking capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness and wellbeing.” It’s a process that involves exploring and understanding what place means to a community, and then creating a physical, cultural and social response that makes sense. Due to my passion for placemaking, I was pleased to see the idea embedded throughout the…

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