Chicago Office Practice and City Design Practice Leader Tim Swanson was selected for Newcity’s 2017 Design 50. The annual listing recognizes “the curators, organizers, educators, critics and thinkers who lead Chicago’s design scene, who provide the outlets and channels for practitioners to create and be acknowledged, who ensure there’s still space for substance to weigh the airless culture down, who keep those frames in place, those windows clean, and the vision for a better designed tomorrow clear.”
Tim joined Cannon Design in 2011 after living and working abroad in Abu Dhabi and rural India. Recent notable projects include: reimagining the Cook County Bond Court; design and planning for the new health sciences campuses at Malcolm X College; master planning for the University of Texas at Brownsville and McGill University; and planning and design for Cummins, Inc.
As Chicago Office Practice Leader, Tim spends considerable energy supporting the next generation of design voices while enabling staff to give back to their local communities. For example, a partnership with Archeworks led to six CannonDesigners with postgraduate certificates in Public Interest Design. He also served on the Builtworlds jury for an alternative, crowdsourced Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. In partnership with Chicago Children’s Theatre and local elementary school students, Tim and the staff envisioned a future city resulting in Dream Boxes for child-focused imagination and exploration. And later this month, Tim will give a presentation titled “Learning Spaces to Catalyze Socioeconomic Growth” at SXSWedu and will host a Metropolis Think Tank Panel in Chicago.
An advocate for smart growth and sustainable development, Tim strives to leverage design to elevate the human condition in every project he takes on. It’s this drive and passion for community development that lead to his selection, and continues to motivate his teams and office every day.