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…

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…

AIA National 2016: Advancing BIM, Design Innovation and More in Philadelphia

  • June 1, 2016
  • Author: Terri Swiatek

CannonDesigners share their experiences from the AIA National Convention 2016 One of the most anticipated annual events for designers – The AIA National Convention – took place in Philadelphia on May 19-21 and CannonDesign was well-represented. Billed as the ultimate convention for the architectural profession to share cutting-edge innovation and ideas, this year’s event drew more than 21,000 attendees and featured over 500 sessions including world-renowned speakers like Rem Koolhaas and Neri Oxman. Several CannonDesigners were able to attend the event this year and share their experiences and key takeaways with us: Brian Skripac speaks about BIM and Digital Practice “As expected, the convention had a wide range of sessions that covered…

The Pittsburgh Redbud Project

  • April 19, 2016
  • Author: Danielle Forsyth

Native redbud trees beautify Pittsburgh When Frank Dawson, ASLA, was traveling back and forth from his hometown of Pittsburgh to New York City, he noticed the beautiful early blooms of the native redbud trees that are clustered at the ridgetops along the highway. He always admired redbuds trees, having a few in his own yard. “I wondered if my excitement and passion for these trees could translate to the landscape in Pittsburgh, to create a buzz for the coming of spring in the city,” said Frank. So, he set out to make his idea a reality. From planning to planting Frank sits on an advisory panel called Paris to Pittsburgh, a…

Virtual Reality and its Role in Architecture

  • April 5, 2016
  • Author: Jacob Simanowitz

On March 24th, I gave a presentation on real-time rendering and virtual reality (VR) at Midwest University 2016. Coordinated by CAD Technology Center and sponsored by Autodesk, Midwest University is a regional AEC conference held annually in Minneapolis. Straying slightly from this year’s central theme of BIM process workflows, I presented an introductory course on VR as many architects are just starting to embrace it, but they either don’t know how to get started or don’t know how to present it to their clients. Also, recent advancements in headset technology along with new software created specifically for the design industries have made VR much more accessible and affordable. To define…

Meet Haley Darst, Architectural Engineer

  • February 26, 2016
  • Author: Jen Maser

In honor of National Engineers Week we are showcasing a few of the people behind the scenes of our world-class engineered solutions. Meet Haley Darst, an architectural engineer from our Boston office and learn why she loves engineering at CannonDesign. What type of engineer are you? I am an architectural engineer with a focus in Lighting Design –I have a Bachelor’s of Architectural Engineering (BAE) from Penn State University (2011). Why did you decide to become an engineer? I excelled in math and science courses in school, but also had a deep appreciation for architecture and wanted to somehow influence the built environment. Architectural engineering was a great major to pursue, as each…

Designing Places with Purpose

  • February 23, 2016
  • Author: Timothy Swanson

The Design Community’s Power to Elevate the Human Condition Above all else, we must never forget that designing places is about understanding people. While we can appreciate the beauty of the buildings we create and the intelligence of the systems we define, ultimately these things are only successful if they help the people who will use them. Creating successful schools and hospitals is not simply about designing modern facilities with cutting-edge technology. It’s about listening to the pulse of the community that needs these spaces. Understanding its challenges, its economy, its health outcomes, its fundamental needs – and delivering the right solution for that specific community. When the design community…

WE CARE – Toronto employees put a smile on children’s faces

  • February 22, 2016
  • Author: Ilinca Popa

On February 10th CannonDesign Toronto employees participated in the We Care event. For those that don’t know  “We Care” is a charity event that is hosted by Herman Miller for children in the community that brings together a number of local design firms in order to host a holiday gathering for children. The Toronto design firms are asked to come up with a craft idea that could be executed by children ages 4 to 12. The event had over 200 children and crafts varied in size and approach, however one common denominator was the happiness and pleasure children had in putting together and taking home their crafts creations. After a…

Brian Skripac to Speak at European BIM Summit in Barcelona

  • January 13, 2016
  • Author: Terri Swiatek

Pittsburgh-based CannonDesigner Brian Skripac will speak at the 2016 European BIM Summit held in Barcelona Feb. 18 and 19. The annual European BIM Summit is an international event held to discuss the latest advances in Building Information Modelling (BIM). BIM is a process based on following and managing all the information created during a construction project. The BIM summit strives to introduce the latest and most relevant information on this new method throughout the year. A Leader in BIM and Digital Practice Skripac, a leader in CannonDesign’s BIM and Digital Practice team with 20 years of experience in the field, has spent the last 10 years focusing on the integration of…

4 Ways to Promote Design Culture

  • November 16, 2015
  • Author: Jonathan Wirth

What is good design? Do you think good design happens automatically? For my entire career, I have been interested in design culture and am motivated by the power of individual expression and perspective. Encouraging ideas and creativity within our offices is not only invigorating, but is essential for sustaining a practice focused on design excellence. How do we advance and nurture design culture? Here are four ways that I’ve seen work well in our St. Louis office: 1. Believe in design excellence In order to create a true culture of design excellence, everyone needs to be engaged with the goal of improving each stage of a project. From every level…

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