We are thrilled to announce that gkkworks, a leading architecture and planning firm with an office in Denver, has joined CannonDesign. This merger expands our presence in Denver significantly, building on our recent merger with Denver-based Bennett Wagner Grody Architects and growing our local employee count to nearly 50. Going forward, both gkkworks and Bennett Wagner Grody Architects will conduct business as CannonDesign.
Founded in 1991, gkkworks is known for its progressive approach to architecture and interior design. Notable projects in the region include The Denver Central Library; Hyatt Regency Denver at The Colorado Convention Center; the Halcyon Hotel; the Morgridge Family Exploration Center at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science; the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse; CU Boulder’s Sustainability, Energy & Environment Complex; Jacquard Hotel; Denver School of Science and Technology at Stapleton; and Frederick High School.
“CannonDesign seeks innovative opportunities and partners to further impact our changing world,” said CannonDesign’s CEO, Brad Lukanic, AIA. “The design profession is in a state of change and we believe merging our great design firms will change the architectural landscape in Denver, Colorado and beyond. Our clients now have direct access to increased expertise in education, healthcare, hospitality, civic and cultural project designs, in addition to market-changing strategic services of transformational change management, experiential design and workplace strategies.”
CannonDesign is one of the largest architecture and engineering firms in the world with 19 offices and more than 1,100 employees. In 2017, Fast Company named our firm of the 10 most innovative architecture firms in the world. As CannonDesign, gkkworks will continue partnering with higher education, PK-12, municipal/civic, commercial and hospitality clients, while bringing new levels of expertise to local healthcare and science organizations.
“When we started gkkworks more than 26 years ago, our goal was to evolve into one of the most influential design firms in the world,” said Praful Kulkarni, president and CEO of gkkworks. “This merger helps us accomplish exactly that. It gives us access to some of the most creative design experts in the world, and positions us to deliver extraordinary value to our clients for a comprehensive, successful project outcome.”
Complementing gkkworks’ work in Colorado is CannonDesign’s portfolio of work in the state, including the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Holaday Athletic Center, Colorado State University’s Behavioral Sciences Building and Health and Medical Center, Colorado Mesa University’s Confluence Hall Engineering Building, Roaring Fork School District’s Riverview PK-8, and the expansion of the University of Colorado Hospital’s Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion among others.
Reflecting on the merger, Don Grody, a principal at CannonDesign and one of the founding members of Bennett Wagner Grody Architects, noted the admiration both firms have for each other. “The architecture community in Denver is fairly sizeable, but gkkworks has always stood out as a firm we’ve admired. Their design talent is second to none and their commitment to client relationships is exemplary.”
Brian Klipp, the leader of gkkworks’ Denver office, echoed those sentiments. “Being that we practice in many of the same markets, we’ve had a friendly rivalry for quite some time. But now we’re thrilled to be working alongside the talent we once viewed as competition. Our combined local expertise, coupled with CannonDesign’s extensive resources and services, puts us in a position to accomplish extraordinary things together as one firm.”