We are pleased to announce that Aaron Jon Hyland, AIA, has joined the CannonDesign team as principal and office practice leader of our San Francisco office. Aaron is an architect with more than 25 years of experience in design thinking, preservation and placemaking, and an active voice in the Bay Area design community. He thrives on engaging people and communities to create memorable inspiring places to live, work and play — connecting them to each other and to their sense of place. As leader of our San Francisco office, he will focus on strengthening our firm’s impact throughout Northern California by fostering new community relationships, championing client engagement, partnering with other leadership to grow and advance our markets, and demonstrating the value CannonDesign brings to our clients’ worlds.
San Francisco is an innovation hub and an important part of our firm’s overall growth strategy,” says Robin Cibrano, executive director and firm development leader. “Aaron’s energy, creativity and passion for design and community is infectious, and we are confident he will help us accomplish great things in San Francisco and beyond.
Prior to joining CannonDesign, Aaron spent more than two decades at Architectural Resources Group, including as managing principal for eight years. His experience spans just about every architectural typology, with a concentration in higher-education work. Notable projects include the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, the proposed renovation of the Oregon State Capitol, restoration and cultural interpretation of the Angel Island Immigration Station, and more than twenty years’ worth of work at Stanford University.
On a civic level, Aaron serves as the 2016 President for the AIA San Francisco, Treasurer for the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco (AFSF) and Vice-President of the San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission. He is a member of the PlaceMaking Leadership Council for Project for Public Spaces and the founder of PlaceMaking San Francisco — an organization that amplifies the voice of architects in ongoing conversations about building community through collaboration, design thinking, architecture and preservation.
Higher education campus work has always been interesting to me. The sense of place, anchored to its heritage and cultural identity, provides the foundation for inspiring design opportunities,” Aaron notes. “I’m excited to be able to participate and contribute to CannonDesign’s transformative and innovative approach to campus planning. Whether it’s a historic campus or a brand new planned one, our design is anchored in its community, helping our clients evolve to an ever-changing unknown frontier.
Aaron holds a BS in Architecture from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and attended the Architectural Management Executive Master’s program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He is an active member of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and for the last ten years has mentored high school students with an interest in design, construction, engineering, and architecture through the AFSF’s BuildSF Institute.