Solidifying our nearly 30-year commitment to California, we are happy to announce Brandon Dekker has been named the Office Practice Leader of our Irvine and San Diego offices. Brandon, who has spent the last 12 years leading business development for gkkworks (which joined CannonDesign in 2018), will focus on strengthening our local brand, establishing new client relationships and growing and mentoring our regional teams. He’ll also collaborate with leadership across our Los Angeles, Pasadena and San Francisco offices to push forward our growth strategy for California.

Reflecting on Brandon’s new leadership role, Robin Cibrano, executive director of office strategies at CannonDesign, noted it was a no-brainer to put Brandon in this position.

“Time and time again Brandon has demonstrated his commitment to our firm, whether through engaging with the community, mentoring staff or driving new business. Our Southern California clients are consistently faced with unique challenges, and Brandon has the expertise needed to help them realize the many ways design can help them achieve their goals,” said Robin.

Recognized for his charismatic and strategic approach to leadership, Brandon has already played a significant role building CannonDesign into a full-service integrated solutions practice and securing some of our most high-profile local commissions. Recent projects in the Irvine and San Diego regions include the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Spinal Cord Injury and Long Term Community Living Center, UC San Diego Health’s Jacobs Medical Center, three new libraries for the County of Riverside, Incipio’s new world headquarters in Irvine and numerous projects at John Wayne Airport.

Brandon’s specific expertise is design-build, a project delivery method that breeds collaboration, shortens project delivery and guarantees cost and schedule. He’s presented on the topic at numerous conferences, including the recent Community College Facility Coalition conference in Sacramento, and sits on the board for the Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) Western Pacific Region where he also serves as the region’s conference chair and a member of the progressive design-build sub-committee. Additionally, Brandon is a board member for the Southern California Construction Management Association of America (CMAA).

Brandon has a Masters Degree in Construction Management with a concentration in Professional Real Estate Development from Drexel University’s College of Engineering, and is a graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Leadership in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program.