March 9, 2021

Fast Company Names CannonDesign #2 Most Innovative Company in North America

We are deeply proud to share Fast Company has selected CannonDesign as the #2 Most Innovative Company in North America as part of its 2021 Most Innovative Companies List announced today.

This marks the third time in the past five years our company has been named to the prestigious list. It is remarkable recognition of the incredible work, ingenuity and positive impact our people make possible each day by design. To mark the special moment, we’ve created a video and launched an Instagram series focused on highlighting out innovative team members.

“Our firm’s journey is built on seeking positive and inventive impacts across the built environment,” says CannonDesign’s CEO Brad Lukanic, AIA. “ We believe innovation happens when leaning in, being ready—and open—with solutions and tools to truly understand the complexity of great challenges. We are fortunate to partner with impressive clients who lead with their own innovative fronts and seek us as their trusted partners.”

While there are numerous reasons for CannonDesign’s innovative culture, two especially fueled our companies selection as the #2 Most Innovative Company in North America for 2021. 

First, our people, clients and their incredible work. We are currently helping leading institutions in healthcare, education, commercial, science, sports and other industries reimagine what’s possible for the years ahead. This work is raising the bar and helping society reimagine what’s possible when it comes to patient experience, the future of work, equity in education, innovative research, city design, urban resources and so much more. 

Second, our Living-Centered Design approach to problem solving continues to drive widespread impact. This novel approach addresses challenges from five interconnected scales – people, business, community, society and the environment. It has transformed our creative culture and helps us design solutions that surface new opportunities to improve the world.

“It is an absolute honor for Fast Company to recognize our company for our innovative spirit and indelible contributions to society,” said David Polzin, our Executive Director of Design. “One of the maxims that drives our Living-Centered Design philosophy is the simple creed to Go There. We encourage our people to take risks, explore unexpected ideas, challenge precedents, and forge bold new connections each day. We’re fortunate to be able to work with organizations who embrace that same passion to Go There in the pursuit of meaningful innovation.”

Fast Company’s annual Most Innovative Companies list is a definitive source for the organizations reshaping our world and leading with stand-out creativity. The full list is published online.

This year’s recognition builds on incredible momentum for CannonDesign. In the past five years, Fast Company has recognized us as one of the world’s Most Innovative Companies, a World Changing Organization, an Outstanding Health Company of the Year and secured hundreds of design awards.