We’re excited to announce Joe Cassata, RA, NCARB, has been named our new Buffalo Office Practice Leader, assuming the role vacated by Chip Berry upon his retirement at the end of 2018. Joe also currently leads our global Facility Optimization Solutions (FOS) team and will balance these responsibilities moving forward.
In his new role as Office Practice Leader, Joe takes the helm of a Buffalo practice with more than a century of experience in the region. He will direct the overall growth and development of the office with special focus on fostering new community relationships, championing business development, mentoring employees, identifying and nurturing talent, and establishing strategic partnerships across the health, education, commercial, science and civic industries the office serves.
Joe joined CannonDesign in 2003 as an architect in our education practice before spending more recent years launching and building our FOS service line and team. Under Joe’s leadership, FOS grew from a team of two to a major, multi-office practice within CannonDesign that has assessed over 300 million sf of space to date and ranks in the Top 5 of World Architecture 100’s Facility Management Service category. Joe also currently serves on CannonDesign’s Board of Directors.
“I’m both humbled and excited to lead our Buffalo office moving forward,” said Cassata. “While CannonDesign has grown into a global firm, the Buffalo Niagara region has always been home base. We’ve been part of the city’s history for more than a century, we’ve contributed to some of the region’s most important institutions and their buildings, and I look forward to helping ensure our team builds on this legacy and helps Buffalo leverage design to achieve its full promise moving forward.”
CannonDesign’s recent work in and around Buffalo includes D’Youville’s Health Professions Hub, The Martin Group’s HQ, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s Golisano Center for Community Health, the Kaleida Health Gates Vascular Institute and SUNY Buffalo Clinical Translational Research Center, along with extensive work with SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo State, Rich Products, the Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Public Schools, and the creation of a 10-year master plan and citywide crisis management system for the City of Buffalo.
We also recently launched the Buffalo Urban Futures Forum, an event series to identify and amplify the best ideas for Buffalo’s brighter future. To date, the series has hosted four events with key organizations including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Delaware North, The Martin Group and Rich Products all hosting.