A Man on a Mission: Jeff Jackson Shares Stories and Lessons Learned from the Army

  • November 15, 2016
  • Author: Michael McManus

Jeff Jackson’s life story is the American dream. Although he grew up poor and lived in the “projects,” his life turned around. He joined the army, married his hometown sweetheart, rose to First Sergeant of over 200 soldiers in the Army Reserves, and today, works at CannonDesign as a leader in our federal group.

EAW Sustainability Competition

  • November 7, 2016
  • Author: Robyn Wolochow

To celebrate during our annual Environmental Awareness Week (EAW), CannonDesign hosted its first firm-wide sustainability competition. Teams of 6-10 people tracked points for their sustainable practices like taking public transit to work, composting, recycling, using re-usable containers, and minimizing printing. The competition lasted for one month and continued through the end of EAW. It was an opportunity for every CannonDesigner to be more sustainable while gaining points for their teams. 53 teams participated, representing more than 400 people across 14 offices. The winning team, the Earthwormz from the Boston office, scored a total of 1,676 points over the four weeks and was awarded – in addition to bragging rights –…

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…

DC Volunteers – Design Like a Girl Summer Camp

  • August 19, 2016
  • Author: Carrie Parker

This five-day summer camp was organized by the Washington Architectural Foundation and the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital that seeks to use design and the arts to enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) skills. Every day last week, a group of ten or so volunteers from architecture and engineering firms across the city arrived at the District Architecture Center to teach a group of 40 girls and boys (mostly girls) about the basics of architecture, planning, and construction. The task for the week was to build a special space for themselves that would support their hobbies and interests in a 6’x6’x6′ cube. They were taught to think through what uses their building had to…

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…

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