We worked to develop guidelines for the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor in Baltimore, MD. Once implemented, these guidelines will encourage an improved quality of life, an economic boost to business, higher property values for property owners and overall beautification for the area.Read more
the CannonDesign way
At the center of every CannonDesign project is the desire to impact a community—whether it's families and medical teams in a remote children's hospital, or neighbors working together to address climate change. We're committed to making our communities stronger, more equitable, and better positioned for tomorrow's challenges through our Open Hand Studio and culture of volunteerism. These stories reflect some of the work we've done recently to better our world.
Improving neighborhoods through community planning
Empowering kids at camp
We created two simple and flexible cabin designs for a YMCA camp in Huguenot, NY. The camp promotes diversity and inclusion, allowing campers to learn the importance of shared values and friendships which can last lifetimes. These new cabins will enhance the experience for campers and counselors alike.Read more
Taking a day to give back
CannonDesign offices across the world volunteered their time and expertise to address immediate needs in our communities. We helped over 30 nonprofit organizations for our first annual Community Service Day. We collected some amazing stories of hard work and giving back.Read more
Bowie and backpacks
Our Denver office donated 44 backpacks for the “Stuff the Bus” campaign to help local homeless students. Bowie the office dog and team were proud to support such a great cause.
Bringing HOPE to pediatric cancer patients in Africa
We are working with an amazing network of organizations to improve the survival rates for children with cancer and blood disorders by building treatment facilities and educating healthcare professionals.Read more
For Cook County’s Bond Court, a design with dignity
Bond hearings are typically complicated and hurried. With the number of in-person parties required per case, the courtroom is busy and overcrowded. Cook County’s facilities needed a major redesign in order to ensure a smoother and more dignified, fair and equitable process for all.Read more
Increasing awareness and promoting diversity in architecture
This award-winning program pairs working professionals and public school teachers to develop entire lesson plans through the lens of architecture—exposing students to a different way of thinking, learning and problem-solving.Read more
Preparing for the effects of climate change
For over a decade, our week-long Environmental Awareness Week seeks to educate and prompt important conversations about how design can create solutions to our rapidly changing world.Read more
Golfing at the gallery
Set within the second-floor Sheldon Art Galleries in Grand Center in St. Louis, MO, the interactive exhibition blends art, architecture and family fun into a playful, accessible mini golf course. Dubbed the “Warped Tour,” our St. Louis designers used computational modeling to create their course to have just right angle to get the ball onto a complex warping surface and, hopefully, into the hole.
Revitalizing a community center for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago
With a vital need to support youth and families in the Near West Side community of Chicago, we have teamed with a number of organizations to enhance and expand programming so it will serve its intended mission to be a hub of hope and opportunity.Read more
Engaging a community to build for the future
In preparing vacant neighborhood lots for new houses, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis relied on our Open Hand Studio team to engage in community dialogue, build alignment, and identify solutions. Our support would help reconcile Habitat for Humanity requirements with homeowner and neighbor input while building a sustainable site plan for future use.Read more
ClimaTeens share resilient design ideas for Boston
Our Boston office collaborated with the New England Aquarium’s educational program, ClimaTeens, to come up with design solutions for a local Boston park that is threatened by the effects of climate change. The boards were displayed at the Aquarium during the Boston Design Week.
Designing a more diverse industry
We are unrelenting in our commitment to dismantling the systems that perpetuate inequity. We celebrate humanity’s beautiful differences and are committed to ensuring our practice is equitable for all and representative of the diverse communities we serve.Read more
Architecture in Schools inspires young designers
We’re bringing hands-on design activities to DC-area students, who learn the fundamentals of design and together build pyramids, tree houses, aqueducts, sustainable cities and more. Parents, teachers and volunteers often take part, too!
Elevating the brightest ideas for our communities’ future
A connected series of public conversations about the intersections of design, culture, business, community, equity, progress and innovation. These events unite a diverse representation of creative, professional, cultural and community leaders to share their ideas and contribute to what’s coming next.Read more