Designing a more diverse industry

A diverse workforce is imperative for a just economy. Design can help propel that justice. The more representational our firm’s workforce is, the closer we are to serving our clients’ needs with informed, empathetic and innovative solutions. We are committed to ensuring our practice is equitable for all employees, representative of the communities around us, and focused on the future of design.

What we do

We advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion efforts through the leadership of our Diversity + Inclusion (D+I) Council and Women’s Forum. These groups partner with individuals throughout the firm to turn diversity aspirations into reality.


D+I Council members



Women’s Forum office ambassadors



Conference scholarships funded by the D+I Council in 2019

What we're doing

Started largely as a grassroots effort by employees, our Diversity + Inclusion Council and Women’s Forum push forward programming focused on enriching the employee experience, fostering inclusiveness and driving change in the industry. One of the group’s signature events was a live broadcast with architectural historian Despina Stratigakos to present a lecture based on her book, “Where Are the Women Architects?” The event helped raise awareness surrounding the gender equity issues in the A/E/C profession.

To help our industry gain a better understanding of the experiences design professionals have based on gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity, we were honored to be a sponsor of Equity by Design’s (EQxD) 2018 initiatives. The initiatives included firmwide participation in the largest survey on equity ever employed in the architecture profession. We’re also proud sponsors of the 2019 National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) conference in Brooklyn and the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit in Minneapolis. To support Pride month this year, we designed a CannonDesign Pride shirt and donated more than $1,200 to GLSEN — an organization working to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

To give employees opportunities to expand their understanding of the diversity challenges and opportunities our industry faces, we provide annual scholarships for emerging leaders to attend conferences focused on equity in the profession. Our six 2019 scholarship winners will be attending the NOMA conference, the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit, the Women in Design+Construction conference and the Society of Women Engineers conference.

These initiatives have started some important conversations that are contributing to the progress being made in our industry. There’s a lot more work to do, of course, but we look forward to having an even bigger impact in 2019 — and beyond!

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