September 30, 2020

Lynne Deninger Receives BSA Women in Design Award of Excellence

We are proud to share Lynne Deninger has been recognized by the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) with its prestigious 2020 Women in Design Award of Excellence.

Each year the award is presented to select women in Boston’s design community who have built their lives around design, whose work exemplifies the best of process and product, and who use their positions of achievement to give back to the world of design and the community at large. The BSA is recognizing just three women this year with the remarkable honor.

Talented, creative, and an empowering leader, Lynne is a positive change agent in Boston. Below are just some of her career achievements:

CannonDesign Leadership
Lynne leads our Boston team—which includes multidisciplinary creative professionals spanning architecture, engineering, interiors, lighting design and more—and has worked on projects for some of the region’s most respected organizations, including Novartis, Boston College, MIT, Yale University, Boston Children’s Hospital, MilliporeSigma, Partners Healthcare, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Brigham and Women’s, Lasell College, Hallmark Health and more.

Beyond her office leadership, Lynne has also served on our Board of Directors, is a key leader for our national education practice, and has contributed to the firm’s integrity committee and Women@CannonDesign employee resource group.

Professional Excellence and Stewardship
Lynne is respected in Boston and nationally as a dynamic leader in the design profession. She regularly speaks at conferences, authors thought leadership, and holds key leadership positions.

With the BSA alone, Lynne has been part of the organization’s Women in Design committee, Women’s Principals Group, Ethics Committee, Mid-Career Mentoring program, Equity Diversity & Inclusion Task Force and Sustainable Design committee. Through each of these roles she tirelessly advocates for a stronger, more equitable design community across Boston and the New England region.

Lynne is also respected as a national voice on student life. She has led paradigm-changing student life projects at University of Utah, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Florida and Pratt Institute, among others. Her numerous speaking engagements at regional and national professional conferences have impacted how architects and designers think about their own work. She also regularly contributes through leadership pieces in industry publications like the Association of College Housing Officials (ACUHO)-I Journal or Student Housing Business. Lynne has also served as a Board Member and key task force member for ACUHO-I.

Community Involvement
Lynne’s community impact—from engaging in local Boston not-for-profit organizations, having a role within the Boston Society of Architects, or leading by example within her office and industry—has a proud footprint.

She was instrumental in helping CannonDesign launch a national Community Service Day during which all of its offices close for a day to support local not-for-profits. In Boston, her teams have helped Franklin Park Zoo clear and redevelop key spaces and clean up Fenway Victory Gardens. Beyond Community Service Day, her team has also contributed to or partnered on events with New England Zoo, New England Aquarium, Fenway Alliance and more.

Lynne is also a past mentor and Board Member for the ACE Mentor program, an after school program designed to attract high school students into pursuing careers in the architecture, engineering and construction industry, including skilled trades.

Lynne will be officially recognized during a virtual awards ceremony later this year hosted by the Boston Society of Architects.

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