Team Accolades

Team Accolades

Kudos

Congratulations to these CannonDesigners who have demonstrated great personal drive and motivation to achieve professional licensure.

The firm encourages and supports professional registration and accreditations across our professions. Roll over the photos and learn each individual’s story.

David Cameron

Sarah Plum Janssen

Kaleb Quirin

Erin Johnson

David Goyne

Annie Sit

Carrie Parker

Kevin Dunphy

Donald Reeves

Emily L. Spirakes

John Roach

Peter McCarthy

Alex Oliver

Stephanie Vito


Jain Selected to 2016 Lab of the Year Jury

Punit JainPunit Jain, AIA, LEED Fellow, has been selected as a juror of the 2016 Laboratory of the Year Awards. A prestigious and global competition, the Lab of the Year Awards recognizes the best in laboratory design through innovation, construction, sustainability and operation.

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CannonDesigner Catherine Corbin Named to ENR Midwest’s Top 20 Under 40 List for 2016

Catherine Corbin, health practice leader for our Chicago office and member of our board of directors, is featured on the cover of the October 2016 issue of Building Design + Construction (BD+C). A 40 Under 40 honoree, Catherine is included in BD+C’s 2016 list of “superstars” representing the next generation of leadership in the architecture, engineering and construction industries.

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Luke Johnson Honored with the AIA Buffalo/WNY Community Service Award

Luke Visiting a Buffalo Public School classroom as part of the Arch+Ed program.

Luke Visiting a Buffalo Public School classroom as part of the Arch+Ed program.

Luke Johnson, Assoc. AIA, received the 2015 AIA Buffalo/Western New York Community Service Award for outstanding volunteer service on behalf of architecture and the built environment. Luke has made a priority in his architectural career to promote and enhance the profession through community outreach. He has an incredibly active voice in Buffalo’s design and non-profit communities. Luke currently holds a board position at the Buffalo Architecture Foundation (BAF) and co-chairs the Architecture+Education (Arch+Ed) program run through BAF.

Arch+Ed was founded to increase awareness of the importance of design and use architecture as a lens for multidisciplinary and active learning. The program’s success lies in the collaboration between Buffalo Public School teachers, University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College students, and volunteer architects like Luke from firms throughout WNY. The program has grown to include 16 schools, 92 architects, and 82 classes, and over 2,500 students in the Western New York area.

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CannonDesign is proud to celebrate our people and their work. We recognize their commitment and contributions to helping our clients solve their greatest challenges and to the success of CannonDesign.

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Associates
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Arjun Bhat, Assoc. AIA
ST. Louis
Associate
Arjun Bhat

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture

“Arjun is engaged, focused and diligent in his work and has a seriousness of purpose that motivates his teammates and elevates the design discussion. That said, he is very personable and fun to be around.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Food + drink. Occasionally riding my bike to obtain food and drink. Fly fishing, road trips, cooking, graphic design, storytelling

Andrew Bickell, LEED AP
WASHINGTON DC
Associate

Andrew Bickell

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture

PERSONAL INTERESTS

AIS volunteer, beach volleyball

Michael A. Brinkman
CHICAGO
Associate

Michael A. Brinkman

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Engineering

“Michael demonstrates leadership on a daily basis by being proactive in providing valuable input to the various teams he is part of.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Shredding like a boss!!!! (guitar)

Shaylee Carmona
WASHINGTON DC
Associate

Shaylee Carmona

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

MarCom

“As an experienced Marketing Coordinator, Shaylee has consistently demonstrated her ability to deal with the many challenges the workplace throws her way.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Good times with family and friends, cooking, travel

Melissa Cataldo
LOS ANGELES
Associate
Melissa Cataldo

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture

“Melissa leads by example. She often puts in extra time and her passion and interest drives her daily work.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Going to the beach, hiking, traveling, exploring LA, making things

Hye Yeon Cho, IIDA,
LEED AP
BUFFALO
AssociateHye Yeon Cho

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Interior Design

“Hye Yeon has seamlessly blended into the project teams to support the project goals demonstrating a high level of creativity in accomplishing the
client’s vision.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Cooking, swimming and reading with my 7 year old son

Heather Clinger, LEED AP, NCIDQ
NEW YORK CITY
AssociateHeather Clinger

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Corporate/Commercial

“Heather is a strong communicator, with a degree of assertiveness and proactiveness that is beneficial to her continued growth and success.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Cycling to work, hiking, ballet, welding, riding horses, and puzzles

Haley Darst, LC, Assoc. IALD, LEED AP, EIT, CDT
BOSTON
Associate
Haley Darst

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Engineering

“Haley has a great reputation with the designers she works with on a personal level, and when she represents the firm in the industry community, she demonstrates the values of our Vision.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Co-chair of IALD New England chapter, Board of Directors for the IES Boston & Rhode Island chapter, hiking, indoor climbing, traveling, cooking

Brett Farbstein, LEED AP, CEM, CBCP, EBCP, CDT
BOSTON
Associate

Brett Farbstein

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Engineering / Education

“Brett has demonstrated a senior level of technical knowledge in his project work by helping clients define project goals, and confirming those goals are met throughout the process.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

My daughter (10) and son (4) take up most of my time outside of work. Watching them learn and grow gives me immense pleasure. I also enjoy traveling, gardening, cooking, and eating great food

Mntambo Fisher, LEED Green Associate, NOMA
CHICAGO
Associate

Mntambo Fisher

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture (Health)

“Tom is a dedicated and strong professional that shows a great deal of commitment to the profession of architecture, the firm and our clients.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

ACE Mentor Program, Project Pipeline mentor program and chairperson

Dolores Garcia
LOS ANGELES
AssociateDolores Garcia

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Construction Services

“The UCSD client is very happy with Dolores and they all know that they can go to her at any time to obtain help.”

Brittany Hahn
CHICAGO
Associate

Brittany Hahn

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Interior Design

“Brittany is a very positive member of our studio and an integral part of each team she joins.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Yoga, reading, volunteering for American Cancer Society

Kenneth Hallmark
BUFFALO
Associate

Kenneth Hallmark

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Fincance

“Ken works directly with a large number of project managers spread over four offices when closing month end invoicing, processing consultant invoices, and assisting with the setup of projects and budgets.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Taking my kids to fun places on the weekend

Purvashri Hatkar, EDAC
CHICAGO
Associate

Purvashri Hatkar

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Health

“Recently, Purvashri has shown a heightened interest in understanding our clients’ perspectives and how she may better support them.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Trying new recipes, exploring the city, and being a movie buff

Benjamin Juckes
LOS ANGELES
Associate

Benjamin Juckes

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture

“Ben has proven himself as a designer with both natural ability and a willingness to put in the hard work necessary to develop his skills to a very high level.”

Michael Klosterman, AIA, CDT
ST. LOUIS
Associate
Michael Klosterman

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Health

“Michael’s dedication to quality control, rigorous document management and detailed coordination has been an asset to the CHUM project.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Spending time with my family, DIY craft projects, spending time outdoors

Benjamin Kweller, Assoc. AIA
CHICAGO
Associate

Benjamin Kweller

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Traveling, photography, and rooting for the Buffalo Bills with impracticable enthusiasm

Brett Lawrence, AIA
CHICAGO
Associate
Brett Lawrence

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Corporate Commercial

“Brett will research topics on his own and bring them to the team for discussion and actively helps build a good rapport with our Ingredion client.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

ACE Mentoring, Urban Land Institute, cycling, Chicago softball

Marion Lawson, LEED AP BD+C
CHICAGO
Associate

Marion Lawson

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture

“As director of Environmental Awareness Week, Marion works across the firm to bring together this massive effort to inspire and educate staff, clients and community.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Exploring playgrounds in Hyde Park with my 2 kids and going out for family ice cream dates

Deb Leighton
CHICAGO
Associate

Deb Leighton

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Health

“Deb has intelligence, drive and excellent people skills in addition to her skills as a project architect.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Step Up Women’s Network member, hiking, camping, mountain biking, snowboarding, working in the backyard

Javier R. Madrigal
CHICAGO
Associate
Javier R. Madrigal

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture (Education)

“Javier focuses on how to achieve high levels of production not only for himself but also for others on the team to make sure that the projects are staying within the firm’s budgets and the client’s budgets.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Golf, sunny beaches, motorcycle riding, carpentry, and keeping up with my rental properties

Alissa McFarland,
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
WASHINGTON DC
Associate
Alissa McFarland

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture

“An example of where Alissa has excelled by making a client a trusted advisor is with the University of Maryland where she has consistently exceeded the client’s expectations.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Spending time with baby Sophie, 8 months old. Outdoors, cycling, hiking, kayaking, and taking Sophie swimming at the lake (future Olympian 2032)

Andrew McGregor, AIA
CHICAGO
AssociateAndrew McGregor

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Health

“Andrew has become an essential element of the Chicago office culture, and is being recognized for his contributions to making CD a great place to work and develop.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

ACE Mentorship Program, playing softball and volleyball, running 5Ks, wandering around Chicago, making soap, cats

Maria Michilini, Assoc. AIA
CHICAGO
Associate
Maria Michilini

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture

“Maria’s confident knowledge of our client’s requirements and the work we are doing in response are immediately evident when she is representing CannonDesign at meetings and workshops.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Running, traveling

Elizabeth Nesbitt
LOS ANGELES
Associate
Elizabeth Nesbitt

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Human Resources

“Since joining the firm, Liz has engaged with her internal clients in LA/SF/VAN/PHX, as well as the HR team, with a high level of professionalism and accountability.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Spending time with family and friends, cheering for the Green Bay Packers and Anaheim Ducks, traveling

Casey O’Hara
NEW YORK CITY
Associate
Casey O'Hara

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Health

“Casey is incredibly productive, completes work efficiently, and always works to make sure we are meeting our deadlines.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Travel, sports, concerts

Daniel Olberding
WASHINGTON DC
AssociateDaniel Olberding

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture

“Daniel has taken on what could have been a simple junior designer role on a client effort and he has become a ‘go to’ design leader in the eyes of the client.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Brunching, running, volunteering, and recent claim to fame: CD Global Olympics 2016

Alexander Oliver, PE
ST. LOUIS
Associate
Alexander Oliver

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Engineering

“Alex has been working directly with several of our clients and is doing a great job in managing the mechanical engineering issues and relationships on the projects he is working on.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Spending time with my wife and two kids, traveling, woodworking

Murjani Oseguera
LOS ANGELES
Associate

Murjani Oseguera

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

MarCom

“Murjani works tirelessly to produce the best submissions possible under difficult circumstances such as tight deadlines and busy schedules.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Traveling, reading, animal rescue, concert-going, spending time with my awesome family, exploring Los Angeles

Esosa Ozigbo
NEW YORK CITY
Associate

Esosa Ozigbo

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Advisory Services / Health

“Esosa has distinguished herself not only as one of our strongest analysts, but also as someone truly passionate about healthcare and in making a difference in this field.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Black Lives Matter movement

Carrie Parker, AIA,
LEED AP

WASHINGTON DC
Associate

Carrie Parker

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Education

“Since joining CannonDesign a few years ago, Carrie has been extremely committed to the office and firm and consistently lives the Vision.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

DC Office community engagement group, helping my fellow young archies along the path to licensure, home renovations, vegetable gardening, travelling and sketching, water sports

Andrew Petty
ST. LOUIS
Associate
Andrew Petty

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture

“Andrew introduced the Mount Sinai Team to the Google Cardboard virtual reality tool that allows clients to see and occupy the spaces prior to completion.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Wedge Community Garden leader, cyclist, lecturer at Washington University

Melissa Pirtle
ST. LOUIS
Associate
Melissa Pirtle

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Construction Services

“Melissa is the center point of all communication and process for our office and does an outstanding job.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Love to travel, read books, go to concerts, and have adventures

Sanja Residbegovic
CHICAGO
Associate
Sanja Residbegovic

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture

“Sanja is confident in her ability to organize a team and lead the production of a high-quality set of documents, but also knows what she does not know and is not afraid to seek counsel.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Peloton bicycling, gardening, dog and bunny momma

Majd Safa, RIBA
ABU DHABI

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture

“Majd leads many efforts and activities within the Abu Dhabi office, communicates well with clients, demonstrates self-management and leads others in order to meet the projects deliverables and schedules.”

Laura Scallon, IIDA,
LEED AP

CHICAGO
Associate
Laura Scallon

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Interior Design

“Laura is an incredibly strong designer and contributor on her teams; she takes charge of her tasks and owns them.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Cooking, hosting a good dinner party, sewing, golfing and traveling as much as I possibly can

Kristen Segarra
BUFFALO
Associate
Kristen Segarra

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Finance

“Kristen has consistently put the firm ahead of herself. She is a dedicated employee who thinks about the good of the firm from a fiscal perspective and from a compliance perspective.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Spending time with my family, vacations, shopping and enjoying my Chihuahuas, Chico and Belle

Annie Sit, AIA, NCIDQ, LEED AP, EDAC
CHICAGO
Associate
Annie Sit

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Health

“Annie is not only a champion of CannonDesign’s best practices when in the field, but she also educates fellow team members on our client’s standards, objectives and culture.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Painting, cooking, traveling with my husband

Nicole Sowinski
BUFFALO
AssociateNicole Sowinski

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

MarCom / Graphics

“Nicole’s ambition to connect herself into growing our top line reflects her commitment to firm success and her versatility as a graphic designer.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Painting, sewing, drawing, looking, cooking, my dog, yoga, family, friends

Alex Sperfeld, AIA,
LEED AP

CHICAGO
Associate
Alex Sperfeld

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Health

“Our clients’ greatest challenges cannot be solved without talented, dedicated architects like Alex who know how to realize our solutions.”

Emily L. Spirakes, LEED AP, NCIDQ
CHICAGO
Associate
Emily L. Spirakes

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Interior Design

“Emily has set herself apart by taking responsibility for her work product, demonstrating good judgment, having a positive attitude and always acting with the utmost professionalism.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Traveling, yoga, and fostering dogs

Nicholas Valencia
LOS ANGELES
Associate
Nicholas Valencia

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture

“Nic works hard and puts in long hours to ensure the quality of our projects remain high while maintaining internal project budgets.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Surfing, photography, 3D printing

Keri VanSant, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
CHICAGO
Associate
Keri VanSant

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Education

“In a very short time, Keri has integrated herself into the leadership of our group and given a lot to help educate both herself and the whole core group on our portfolio and educational design.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Spending time with family and friends, photography, traveling, scuba diving, hiking

Stephanie Vito, AIA
BUFFALO
Associate
Stephanie Vito

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture

“Stephanie has a client-first perspective and a great work ethic to ensure our clients are receiving the best innovative and creative design work, on time and on budget.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Parkside Community Association board member, cycling, traveling

Cheri Weatherston
BUFFALO
Associate
Cheri Weatherston

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture

“Cheri has recently joined our healthcare team transitioning from interior design. She has been doing an excellent job developing plans and learning healthcare planning quickly.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Arch+Ed volunteer, Bennett Park Montessori parent volunteer, gardening, reading and boating, and of course hanging out with my son!

Senior Associates
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Bassem Almuti, CDT,
LEED AP, PE
BOSTON
Senior Associate
Bassem Almuti

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Engineering / General

“On a complicated, challenging, changing project, Bassem was innovative with the solutions, as well as disciplined in tracking very detail through to project completion.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Sports, hiking, music

Scott Bricker
CHICAGO
Senior Associate
Scott Bricker

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Health

“Scott is a conscientious, results-driven individual who understands how our work influences the team at large, including the client, the CM, consultants and the internal team.”

Jenny Coble
CHICAGO
Senior AssociateJenny Coble

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

MarCom

“Jenny’s actions have led to a meaningful high hit rate of making short-lists of 58% in Higher Ed and working through K-12 leadership transition of 39%.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Reading (lately children’s literature and post-apocalyptic fiction) and spending as much time outside as possible with my husband and 8 year-old son

Michael Cornoni, AIA, LEED AP
BOSTON
Senior Associate
Michael Cornoni

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Sports

“Mike has demonstrated team leadership skills and grace under pressure.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Hiking, biking, cooking and never ending home improvements

Nicholas R. Derr,
Assoc. AIA

BUFFALO
Senior Associate
Nicholas R. Derr

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Facility Optimization Solutions

“The truth of the matter is that Nick can convince people to believe in the firm and FOS because he truly believes in the vision for both.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Arts and crafts, sidewalk chalk, changing diapers, cleaning finger-paint out of area rugs, fixing dolls and books, gardening, treehouse building

Carlos Fernandez, AIA, LEED AP
BOSTON
Senior Associate
Carlos Fernandez

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Corporate / General

“Through his passion and competent technical knowledge, Carlos implemented greater day-to-day staff awareness of QAQC initiatives.”

David Goyne, RA, LEED AP
MONTREAL
Senior Associate
David Goyne

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Health

“David has become one of our key leaders for the exterior envelope work on CHUM and has taken on resolution of several key challenges on the project related to the exterior envelope.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Héritage Montréal Member, Conseil de l’enveloppe du bâtiment du Québec (CEBQ) member, interested in photography and public art, and enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, kayaking, cycling and running

Aaron Hernon
BALTIMORE
Senior Associate
Aaron Hernon

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture

“Aaron’s role as integration leader for two of our most important clients and largest projects in the Baltimore office have required him to take these from strategic planning through construction.”

Pinky Hira
MUMBAI
Senior Associate
Pinky Hira

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Human Resources

“Pinky puts in extra effort to help us meet deadlines and serve our clients. She demonstrates a willing attitude and her interest in learning sets an example for others.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Spending time with my daughter, reading, watching movies

Michael Klein
BUFFALO
Senior Associate
Michael Klein

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Finance

“Mike communicates well up and down within the finance department, as well as outside the department”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Volunteering for Jr. Achievement, playing with my two boys (ages 4 and 7), woodworking

Gregory Koch, SEGD
WASHINGTON DC
Senior Associate
Gregory Koch

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Graphic Design

“Greg understands our practice, he understands the importance of collaboration and teamwork, and he understands the goals and aspirations for the environmental graphics group.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Playing guitar (not well), watching baseball and hanging out with my family at the park (proving you’re never too old to try out a new slide)

Ritsaart Marcelis
CHICAGO
Senior Associate
Ritsaart Marcelis

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Education

“Rits is a holistic designer and embraces the need to create facilities that resolve and incorporate all of the life safety, sustainable, operational realities with in a beautiful solution.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Playing and recording music

Leslie McCanne, NCARB
LOS ANGELES
Senior Associate
Leslie McCanne

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Health

“Through creative thinking, Leslie has been able to simplify and organize very complex functions into an efficient, value conscious solution.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

I was born and raised in the heart of Hollywood, so I am very passionate about my city, its vibrant culture, and rich history both socially and architecturally. I am involved with Friends of the LA River, the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Conservancy, and Toastmasters International

Kristy Nice
CHICAGO
Senior AssociateKristy Nice

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

MarCom

“Kristy is an exemplary member of CannonDesign’s Chicago, MarCom, Health, and International teams. She is a valuable conduit that advances our partnerships with domestic healthcare and international clients in all of our markets.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

National Parks (shout out to Joshua Tree), bouldering, biking, travel, textiles

Aimee Platt
CHICAGO
Senior Associate
Aimee Platt

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Interior Design / Health

“She has gained the trust and confidence of clients through a careful and detailed development of the design, and very effective presentation of solutions.””

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Participating with my 5 year old daughter on the Sustainability Committee at her school, cooking, biking with my family, kickboxing class

Ilinca Popa, OAA, RAIC
TORONTO
Senior Associate
Ilinca Popa

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Health

“Ilinca has taken on an increased responsibility as being the client liaison, including leading client meetings as the firm’s representative.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Skiing, nature, spending time outdoors with my daughter

Nicholas Pryor, CDT
CHICAGO
Senior Associate
Nicholas Pryor

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Corporate / Commercial & Civic

“Nic is a champion for elegant and responsible city planning across multiple markets at CannonDesign. He makes all of us better designers and better thinkers.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Espresso, vintage motorcycles, cycling, running

David Przeklasa, AIA, LEED AP, CDT
WASHINGTON DC
Senior AssociateDavid Przeklasa

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Education

“David is one of the strongest project architects in the office in regards to taking design ideas and translating those into sound technical documentation.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Volleyball, running, skiing and snowboarding, traveling

Jimmy Rotella
CHICAGO
Senior Associate
Jimmy Rotella

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Information Technology

“Jimmy is a strong Digital Practice team member because of the leadership he demonstrates through this creative and innovative personality.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Chicagoland buildingSMART group, Chynamo – Chicago Dynamo User Group, saltwater reef aquariums and fish, tinkering with electronics and IoT, snowboarding, mountain biking

Kate St. Laurent, LC, Assoc. IALD
BOSTON
Senior Associate
Kate St. Laurent

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Engineering

“Her knack for thinking outside the box has earned her a reputation as a practical problem solver, and she remains a team player even in challenging situations – elevating the representation of our firm.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Hiking, traveling, being a new mom, and teaching – you know, in all my spare time!

Thomas Sutton
CHICAGO
Senior Associate
Thomas Sutton

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Graphic Design

“His greatest strength is his ability to make ideas clear and simple with designs that are surprising and beautiful.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Reading, documentaries, live music, exercising, exploring

Ian Waldschmidt, AIA, LEED AP
ST. LOUIS
Senior Associate
Ian Waldschmidt

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Education

“As the primary client interface for the College of Pharmacy, Ian has developed a strong lasting relationship with the team exemplified in the recent request to set up an indefinite delivery contract with us to be their architect for future work.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Hiking, travel, college football, and working on my old house

Kurt Weissenborn, EDAC, LEED AP
CHICAGO
Senior Associate
Kurt Weissenborn

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Health

“In project work, Kurt has been able to take a design concept and bring it to reality with his understanding of the technical requirements for construction.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Music, gardening, home improvement, camping, hiking, Enjoying the beauty and regenerative qualities of the natural world around us

David Zielinski, AIA
BUFFALO
Senior Associate
David Zielinski

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Health

“David has served as project architect on the Kaleida Flint Road project, and in that role has demonstrated strong leadership and accountability characteristics, leading coordination with our partner engineers on challenging renovation issues.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Board member of the Buffalo/ WNY Chapter of AIA, making renovations to my home, collecting Buffalo NY postcards

Associate Vice Presidents
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Deepa Balgi, Assoc. AIA
SAN FRANCISCO
Associate Vice President
Deepa Balgi

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture

“Deepa leads by example, raises the bar in a very humbled manner, and is a pleasure to work with. A great employee who can be put in front of any client and placed on any team.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Traveling with family, hiking, reading, cheering for my son at the track, dark chocolate

Sarah Beach
LOS ANGELES
Associate Vice President
Sarah Beach

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

MarCom

“Sarah is an inspiration to everyone she works with for her tenacity, her creativity, her attention to detail, her ability to stay cool under pressure, her positive spirit and commitment to the firm’s success.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Events Committee, spending time at the beach, traveling, taking photographs, being crafty

Jon Beyer, CPD, CDT
BUFFALO
Associate Vice President
Jon Beyer

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Engineering

“Jon has become a de facto leader in our relationship with Wegmans, ensuring that the client’s project goals and needs are met.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Wilson Central School Booster Club, Niagara County Community College, CADD Advisory Board, Member of the Buffalo-Niagara ASPE, Buffalo-Niagara ASPE past president. Enjoying various outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends

Andrew Cichocki, CDT
BUFFALO
Associate Vice President
Andrew Cichocki

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Engineering

“Andy is a knowledgeable systems engineer and works tirelessly to improve the Technology Group at CannonDesign by working with project managers and team members to educate them on our specific contract issues, required schedules and system design requirements.”

William Cielinski
CHICAGO
Associate Vice President
William Cielinski

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Engineering

“Through Bill’s efforts, we have demonstrated that our in-house engineers are fully capable of working in south Florida and in most cases, better than our competitors there.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Watching and playing sports – specifically baseball and hockey (Go Hawks & White Sox!), traveling, spending time with my family and friends

Susana DeFrancesco, CDT, EIT, LC, LEED AP
CHICAGO
Associate Vice President
Susana DeFrancesco

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Interior Design / Health

“Susie has demonstrated a careful attention to a client’s vision and goals in the approach she takes with interactions with them and in the development of a design solution.”

Daniel Dolan
PITTSBURGH
Associate Vice President
Daniel Dolan

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Engineering

“The PA Turnpike repeatedly and consistently distributes sole-sourced work to our office because of Dan’s team spirit, leadership and solid stewardship of his client’s money and resources.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Member of ASHRAE and ASPE

Melissa Gorman, AIA, CDT
LOS ANGELES
Associate Vice President
Melissa Gorman

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Health

“Melissa has worked tirelessly at finding practical solutions to constructability constraints while remaining true to our vision of its design.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Sewing, baking bread, hiking and exploring Los Angeles

Mark R. Graf, CPD, CDT
PHOENIX
Associate Vice President
Mark R. Graf

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Engineering

“Mark has taken on the role of managing the day-to-day responsibilities within the Phoenix office including understanding how we market ourselves in the Phoenix marketplace.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Chasing my son around, golf, and family

Leslie Griffin
BALTIMORE
Associate Vice President
Leslie Griffin

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

MarCom

“Leslie has gained the respect of all coordinators, developing a team spirit among coordinators that has not existed at CannonDesign.”

Mimi Lam, AIA, LEED AP
LOS ANGELES
Associate Vice President
Mimi Lam

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Public

“Mimi is a highly talented designer and a creative force that has consistently raised the profile of the work done in the Yazdani Studio.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Human rights activism, ADL (Anti-Defamation League) member, avid museumgoer

Scott Laoboonmi, Assoc. AIA
LOS ANGELES
Associate Vice President
PScott Laoboonmi

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Health

“Scott lives our Vision and sets an example for others in the LA office and at the UCSD jobsite. The UCSD client is sold on Scott, and they trust him to look at our work from their point of view.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Snowboarding, camping, USC Trojan football, LA Dodgers, LA Rams

Marc McManus, PE
ST. LOUIS
Associate Vice President
Marc McManus

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Engineering

“Marc is the leader of the mechanical engineering group in the office. He has a lot of potential as a more outward focused engineering leader in the community and our strategic growth of engineering will rely on this effort.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

ASHRAE member, fishing, spending time with my family, and playing the guitar around campfires

Michael Mueller, OAQ, OAA, NCARB,
LEED AP, CCCA
MONTREAL
Associate Vice President
Michael Mueller

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Health

“Michael has not only made suggestions for improvement to the CHUM project internally, but also to our client which has resulted in improved CA site response time, a stronger relationship with our client and also a better-organized team.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Parent of two young kids (1 and 3), reading, running, and hanging out with my wife. Helping local homeless youth, setting up an alumni career mentorship program for my high school, and getting involved with a local drop-in center for people with behavioral health issues

Nadine Quirmbach
LOS ANGELES
Associate Vice President
Nadine Quirmbach

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture

“Nadine is always trying to enhance our brand in the Yazdani Studio and looks for ways to expand it in the market. She is a known entity in the design industry and is a leading individual within the product provider industry.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Working on furniture projects, rowing/ hiking on weekends, supporting my parents on their nature preservation projects when in Germany and next council work

Andrew Schilling
CHICAGO
Associate Vice President
Andrew Schilling

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Information Technology

“Andrew is an incredibly dedicated employee at CannonDesign and goes above and beyond daily to make sure that technology needs of the firm are met and maintained.”

Daniel Schmidt, AIA, LEEP AP
CHICAGO
Associate Vice President
Daniel Schmidt

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Health

“Dan’s collaboration skills contribute to his excellent work on public private partnerships. Dan worked tirelessly during the CHUM pursuit worked tirelessly to help the CSM team win the competition.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Treasurer of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, being out in the yard cultivating a larger garden and using a chainsaw whenever I can, building and fixing what I can

Mark Schrock, Assoc. AIA,
Licensed General Contractor
BUFFALO
Associate Vice President
Mark Schrock

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

FOS

“Mark is a very dedicated member of our team and has contributed to topline success by taking on proposals, attending interviews and always seeking additional services.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Volunteer for Compassion International, playing guitar, wood and metal working, spending time with family

Tumelo Schultz, AIA, LEED AP
ST. LOUIS
Associate Vice President
Tumelo Schultz

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture / Health

“Tumelo is the heart and soul of the St. Louis Health practice… though it may not be widely known. He has been with us for a decade and participated in many of our most important projects as a lead technical Project Architect.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Playing or watching a good football match, traveling, coaching grade school kids

Brendan Smith, AIA, LEED AP, CDT
ST. LOUIS
Associate Vice President
Brendan Smith

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture

“Recently in resolution of some complex space planning with our engineers, Brendan worked closely with various team members to resolve the matter in a manner that met all the criteria and will not need revisions.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Playing music, woodworking, home renovation, being the fun uncle

Michael Steward, PE, LEED AP, CxA
CHICAGO
Associate Vice President
Michael Steward

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Engineering

“For Froedtert, Michael has become an indispensable member of the team. Our client recognizes him as a subject matter expert and regularly consults him regarding design solutions or code questions.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Having moved from Florida a few years ago, my wife and I still enjoy exploring new parts of the city (Chicago) and traveling to different parts of the Midwest. I’m also an amateur cook and mixologist and go to live music events as often as possible

Genevieve Szablya
NEW YORK CITY
Associate Vice President
Genevieve Szablya

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

MarCom

“Genevieve has been an integral part of developing a strong MarCom team in support of firm top and bottom line revenue. She has spearheaded a number of initiatives to improve archival and retrieval of key information that accelerates project delivery and provides best-practice information to our teams.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Reading, traveling, spending time with family, and finding local adventures that are fit for a 1 year old

Christopher Whitcomb
BUFFALO
Associate Vice President
Christopher Whitcomb

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

MarCom

“Chris focuses on all national and trade publications and has demonstrated outstanding leadership in this space across all markets, and in 2016, is leading local PR campaigns for Boston, Chicago, LA, STL, NYC and Buffalo.”

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Long runs, enjoying a good beer, swimming, golfing, hanging with my wife, or trying to be an optimistic Buffalo Bills fan

Vice Presidents
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Todd C. Accardi, AIA
CHICAGO
Vice President
Todd C. Accardi, AIA

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture (Health)

“Our client has described Todd as a ‘keeper’ in a recent email, and has expressed comfort with the concept that Todd will assume a greater share of client leadership duties in the days ahead. While our project team for Froedtert Health is relatively small, Todd assumes a considerable and growing level of accountability for the results of the team and our project.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

Being some of the most technologically complex spaces to design, healing environments require a delicate balance of art, architecture and sophistication to provide an optimized experience conducive to the healing process.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

I’ve been blessed with two amazing young sons and a third on the way; I’m fascinated watching them grow up and discover the world around them. Personal interests include cheering on Chicago sports teams, Little League coaching, DIY home renovation, gardening, bourbons, ryes, stouts and porters.

Steven J. Benesh, AIA
NEW YORK
Vice President
Steven J. Benesh, AIA

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture (Education)

“Steve is able to understand our resources (people, projects, and processes) and combine the strongest attributes into working with and for clients. People want to be on Steve’s teams because they know that their contributions will be valued and respected; this is his greatest strength and contributes a great deal to the positive culture of the education group.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

Every day, I create possibilities or, in other words, “I dream for a living.” (Steven Spielberg)

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Reading, hiking, star gazing and chasing my little girl around!

Noelia Bitar, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP, NCARB, OAA, OAQ
TORONTO
Vice President
Noelia Bitar, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP, NCARB, OAA, OAQ

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture (Health)

“Noelia has demonstrated in her tenure at CannonDesign the fortitude, entrepreneurship, collaboration and team first attitude from an office development and project level. She has demonstrated sound judgment in voicing her opinions and recommendations in the improvement of the people culture in the Toronto office.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

I love that as a healthcare architect I can influence both the design and planning of a project. For me, they both go hand
in hand.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Photography, traveling, tennis and Zumba

Kimberly Cook, EDAC
CHICAGO
Vice President
Kimberly Cook, EDAC

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture (Health)

“Kimberly has demonstrated strong client and project leadership in her role as interiors lead for health projects. Her work is building bridges that is setting up teams for future success.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

My passion in interiors is to find the organic connection between the practical requirements and the underlying spirit of each project in order to create healing environments that inspire and positively affect a patient’s experience through design excellence.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

When not at work I take archeology classes at the University of Chicago, run half marathons and enjoy adventure traveling (I leave for a cruise down the Nile next week)!

Anne Kroger
BOSTON
Vice President
Anne Kroger

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Marketing/Business Development

“Anne consistently demonstrates her creativity and innovation in developing client relationships and maintaining those relationships from initial outreach through RFP and interview. She coaches staff in our office and in the eastern offices and leads them to and through successful marketing efforts.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

I am passionate about meeting new people and networking to help solve problems. I have the perfect job for this!

PERSONAL INTERESTS

In my spare time, I ski, bike, play golf and travel the world.

Christopher Lambert, LEED AP
CHICAGO
Vice President
Christopher Lambert, LEED AP

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture (Corporate/Commercial)

“Chris joined the Workplace Strategy team a little more than a year ago and has absolutely excelled in his personal and professional career as a result. He has found his calling. Chris is leading the workplace practice in Chicago.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

For me, strategy is about people. To be sure, we’re smart about collecting and using data to make decisions, but our approach always focuses on engaging our clients’ employees and enabling them to thrive in their workplace.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

I love engaging with our communities through Open Hand Studio. As designers, we have a huge potential to improve where we live and work.

Eric J. Lindstrom, PE, LEED AP
BUFFALO
Vice President
Eric J. Lindstrom, PE, LEED AP

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Engineering & Sustainability

“Throughout Eric’s 20 years with the firm, he has always been seen as staying on the forefront of A/E design and innovation. He has turned his sustainability expertise into a community engagement and business development opportunity by joining and serving on the board of the
WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

I care about people, and my work impacts society’s ability to meet the meet the needs of future generations.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

I love seeking out new food and travel experiences with my family, within Western New York, across the border into Canada, and to any ocean beach. I also bought Buffalo Bills season tickets for the first time last year, after a lifetime of futile devotion.

Mary Kay Maines
CHICAGO
Vice President
Mary Kay Maines

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture (Corporate/Commercial)

“Kay is an effective peer-to-peer client relationship manager and her successful relationship management has led to ongoing (non-compete) work and maintenance of positive references. She is an exemplary role model for junior staff, not afraid to make the project team accountable to the budget and makes expectations clear.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

On a daily basis, I am presented with an opportunity to assist
in creating and implementing a client’s vision. I connect to projects on a personal level, impact a company’s growth
as well as advance the quality of lives in a new workplace.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Travel, golf, reading, animal rights, gardening and exercise.

Stella W. Nicolet, AIBC, AIA, LEED AP, CCCA, CCS
VANCOUVER
Vice President
Stella W. Nicolet, AIBC, AIA, LEED AP, CCCA, CCS

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture (Health)

“Stella has made a significant contribution to the Vancouver office since joining CannonDesign in 2014. She has become engaged with clients, taking over existing relationships. She is very collaborative and has spent considerable time mentoring our staff, creating development plans, and coaching them in the evolution of their careers.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

It allows me to work with an amazing group of people to effect positive change in the world.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Armchair quarterbacking the GB Packers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Cubs (yes, hockey and baseball can be quarterbacked from an armchair!). When my teams aren’t playing, I enjoy sea kayaking, biking, and hiking in “Beautiful British Columbia” to keep my heart pounding.

Christine A. Soto, IIDA, LEED AP, CID
BUFFALO
Vice President
Christine A. Soto, IIDA, LEED AP, CID

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture (Health)

“Christine has been a long time and dedicated CannonDesigner that represents our firm with the utmost professionalism in front of our clients and community. Her strongest traits are a commitment to excellence and creating the most innovative and cost effective environments for the clients that she serves.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

I am passionate about my work because I can make a positive difference in how healthcare is delivered and experienced.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Some of my personal interests are photography, gardening and traveling.

Erik Terry, LEED AP
NEW YORK
Vice President
Erik Terry, LEED AP

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture (Science + Tech)

“Erik is an S&T industry leader and expert planner and brings a great deal of credibility to our teams and our program. As a solid team player with a firm-first attitude, he is continually looking out for the interests of the entire firm.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

Aside from the challenge and complexity of laboratory design, I am energized by the clients I get to work with and their passion for finding cures to the diseases that affect our society.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Training and coaching youth soccer, being outdoors and active playing sports with my kids.

Scott C. Whitehead, AIA
BALTIMORE
Vice President
Scott C. Whitehead, AIA

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture (Health)

“Scott’s ability to develop creative and innovative solutions to complex technical issues is unmatched. He steps into every situation with a focus on the how the team can best work together to deliver excellent solutions and documents for our clients.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

I find it challenging and exciting to integrate technology tools into delivering our work, creating new ways to produce our documents, and informing our designs.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

To de-stress, I enjoy fishing and riding my motorcycle.

Senior Vice Presidents
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Michael W. Agate, AIA
BUFFALO
Senior Vice President
Michael W. Agate, AIA

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture (Education)

“Mike is steadfast in his commitment to delivering the best design project that we can, he embodies what we are trying to achieve from a design perspective and advances that on a daily basis on his projects. He is admired by many of the emerging leaders as he is always in total control of his projects, his team and his budgets.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

It is about problem solving and being able to positively impact our clients, the people that use our buildings and the environment(s) in which we build.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Traveling, good food, spending time with my family and watching my daughter and son compete in college and high school sports.

Keith R. Hammelman, PE
CHICAGO
Senior Vice President
Keith R. Hammelman, PE

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture (Education)

“Over the past year, Keith has expanded his involvement in leadership of both the Chicago office and the firm. He actively manages the HVAC group in the Chicago office, provides technical and managerial support to St. Louis engineering, and provides leadership and managerial support in Phoenix and on the west coast.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

My passion for our work has come from realizing the satisfaction I get knowing that what we just designed is making a difference for our clients and the ability to say that I was a part of that success.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

My personal interests are bowling, golfing, and spending time with friends. I do spend my free time taking my son and daughter to rugby festivals where they both play on the weekends.

Supina Mapon, MBA
CHICAGO
Senior Vice President
Supina Mapon, MBA

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture (Health Advisory Services)

“Supina is central to business development activities across the health practice and has been a part of successful pursuits at levels that exceed that of many principals. She has earned the respect of her clients who see her as a critical part of the success of projects.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

I believe the transformation of healthcare towards an aligned, affordable, value-based system of care is the most complex challenge facing our society – and that every day, with my CannonDesign colleagues, we come closer to unraveling that puzzle one piece at a time.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Camping/hiking, spending time with family, learning to play new musical instruments, copious amounts of reading.

Joseph P. O’Neil, AIA, CDT
CHICAGO
Senior Vice President
Joseph P. O'Neill, AIA, CDT

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture (Quality)

“With over 25 years of experience in designing and technically developing buildings in all markets and building typologies, Joe brings a level of creativity and innovation that is rare in our industry. He was one of the pioneers in adopting BIM among our project architects, and one of the most advanced in its applications.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

Family comes first, but I also enjoy baking, cooking, working on my house and following college sports.

Carey S. Woo, AIA, CDT
SAN FRANCISCO
Senior Vice President
Carey S. Woo, AIA, CDT

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture (Science + Tech)

“Carey is a strong leader in the San Francisco office – the leader that people in the office most look to for mentoring and technical knowledge. He also is an effective client leader, whom our clients trust and respect.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

I enjoy seeing how our built projects will positively impact our client’s lives.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Personal interests include cycling, reading, and trying to stay two-and-a-half steps ahead of my two boys.

Principals
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Robert Benson
CHICAGO
Principal
Robert Benson

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture (Corporate/Commercial)

“His design prowess and ability to explore and develop compelling conceptual options (at times on the fly) on behalf of our clients is somewhat unheard of. He is a force that we as a firm need to be able to support, manage and celebrate.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

I am motivated by beauty, the hope of improving the places we inhabit, and the opportunity to inspire the next generation of thinkers.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Sports, music, camping, cooking, reading, painting, cinema, photography.

Catherine I. Corbin, AIA, LEED AP
CHICAGO
Principal
Catherine I. Corbin, AIA, LEED AP

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture (Health)

“Catherine demonstrated her professional leadership and accountability by leading the firm’s largest health office practice in 2015 successfully from a client, staffing, professional development, and financial perspective. She has creatively worked to sharpen the CannonDesign message to prospective clients and nowhere is this more clear and present as in the winning of new work and growing our top line.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

The reasons vary based on the week! Last week a client sent an e-mail to our team that said, “Awesome, like always you are one step ahead of us.” Working as a team with our clients so that they feel supported, prepared, well-advised, and enthusiastic about their projects and engagements makes me look forward to coming into the office each day.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Travel has become a real love, not just a work necessity. I’d get on a plane anytime to go anywhere.

Paul L. Gonzales
LOS ANGELES
Principal
Paul L. Gonzales

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Business Process Leader

“Our people in the Yazdani Studio speak of him as the ‘glue’ which holds the Studio together, the ‘rudder’ which guides the performance of the team, and he compels teamwork with extraordinary results from a disparate, highly creative group of individuals.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

I am passionate about my work because, as a design professional, I feel privileged to continuously collaborate with dedicated, creative people who aspire to make our world a more beautiful place.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Free time with my wife, daughter, extended family, and friends. Art, cinema, indoor cycling, discovering new music with my daughter. All things food and wine. New Mexico, my homeland. Most team sports, for now I’m a bit obsessed with soccer, especially British Premier League football and the LA Galaxy.

Robert C. Masters, AIA, LEED AP
NEW YORK
Principal
Robert C. Masters, AIA, LEED AP

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

Architecture (Health)

“Rob is a true leader and has taken on the health practice leadership for NYC. He continues to lead with his incredible knowledge and creative thinking about the healthcare planning and process.”

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK?

Developing meaningful solutions to the challenges that our clients face has the power to positively impact people’s lives — from the clinicians, caregivers, and researchers who devote their careers to medicine, to the patients and families who benefit from their life-saving discoveries, clinical advances, and compassionate care.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

I enjoy sports and fitness, coaching youth baseball and music.


Meg Osman Named to Bisnow Chicago’s 50 Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate List

Meg Osman Bisnow Chicago’s 50 Most Influential Women in Chicago Commercial Real Estate

Meg Osman, Executive Director of CannonDesign’s Corporate/Commercial practice, has been named to Bisnow Chicago’s 50 Most Influential Women in Chicago Commercial Real Estate list. Bisnow ran a feature on Osman last week and will also officially honor her at a cocktail awards reception Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Osman holds global accountability for strategy, evolution and business performance of CannonDesign’s Corporate/Commercial practice and consistently leads the development of significant real estate and work place strategies for clients in Chicago and around the world. Bisnow highlighted her professional achievements, including her recent work with Zurich North America and Fast Company piece, and also touched upon her passion for French cooking.

Read the full Bisnow profile on Meg here.


Lynne Deninger Named to Bisnow Boston’s 50 Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate List

Lynne Deninger

Lynne Deninger, CannonDesign’s Boston Office Practice Leader, has been named to Bisnow Boston’s 50 Most Influential Women in Boston Commercial Real Estate list. Deninger is featured as part of Bisnow Boston’s eight-part Power Women series and will be officially honored at an awards reception Monday, Dec. 15.

Deninger leads the firm’s Boston office while also providing both regional and national expertise for CannonDesign’s higher education practice. The Bisnow feature focuses on Deninger’s involvement in the firm’s work at Novartis and also her education and background across the New England region. Deninger also offers a quote in her profile that encourages others to, “Be passionate about your work, have fun, learn to manage diverse personalities and make a fresh start each day.”

Read the full Bisnow profile on Lynne here.


Robert Meyer Receives George Pressler Under 40 Award at Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo

Robert Meyer George Pressler Under 40 Award

Robert Meyer has been recognized with the George Pressler Under 40 Award at this year’s Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Exposition in Chicago. The award celebrates emerging leaders in the next generation of healthcare planning, design, construction and operations professionals. Specifically, the award seeks individuals who have demonstrated stand out leadership and vision within their organization and project teams.

A LEED certified architect working out of CannonDesign’s Chicago office, Meyer received his nomination for the award from a former colleague. The nomination essay highlighted Meyer’s leadership, collaboration, communication and management skills and included quotes from clients and consultants who have reaped the benefits of working alongside him.

The George Pressler Under 40 Award is part of Healthcare Facilities Symposium Distinction Awards program that recognizes design teams, projects and individuals who have made a profound contribution to the healthcare design industry.

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