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Gary Miller

Gary R. Miller

Principal and CEO Emeritus



After serving as CannonDesign’s Chairman and CEO for nearly 25 years, Gary Miller will provide strategic business insight and support to the firm’s leadership team, and continue to champion the Vision. During his tenure, the firm grew from one location in Western New York to 16 offices across North America and internationally. By surrounding himself with some of the “smartest people I know,” he propelled the firm to its current standing as one of the leading design firms in the world with completed work in more than 45 countries.

A fervent believer in the importance of being a purpose-driven firm, Gary led the creation of CannonDesign’s first unifying Vision in 1996. At the time, the company had six offices and functioned as a network of independent offices — with different identities, operating philosophies and aspirations—without a common purpose or shared agenda. The firm was structured as a family of firms.  He led the creation of the Single Firm, Multi Office (SFMO) model, which removed the separate identities and adopted a single team concept unified by a shared Vision and Purpose for the future. In 2012, Gary led a refresh of the firm’s Vision, which included a new Purpose Statement: “Together, we create design solutions to the greatest challenges facing our clients and society.” At the core of the firm’s foundation are its core values, of which integrity, innovation, creativity and collaboration are key to who we are.

CannonDesign is a special place for people who want to make a difference. We challenge each other to do better, to be better. By living our core values and pursuing our Purpose, we do great things. It is very gratifying to hear from our clients and communities how our designs have helped transform the lives of the people who live, work, and play in their facilities and communities. It is also very gratifying to work with passionate professionals every day, who give so much of themselves. We innovate and design to make the world a better place, and through the gratification of others, we become rich in memories of a job well done.

Gary R. Miller

Together, we create design solutions to the greatest challenges facing our clients and society.