February 24, 2021

Andrew Blocha Rejoins CannonDesign as Our Texas-based Design Principal

Andrew Blocha, AIA, has rejoined CannonDesign as the design principal for our Texas-based studios. In this role, he oversees the creative direction of our Houston and Dallas architecture studios and leads the design of major healthcare, education and science projects. Andrew returns to our firm nearly 30 years after he helped open our Chicago design practice.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Andrew back to CannonDesign at such a pivotal moment,” said David Polzin, CannonDesign’s executive director of design. “Our clients and communities are facing some of the biggest challenges in modern history, and Andrew has proven throughout his career his ability to upend convention and design provocative solutions. He brings a strong body of design work and a commitment to innovation that will no doubt help our clients achieve enduring success and help achieve our goal of greater societal impact through design.”

Andrew joins CannonDesign from Perkins&Will where he led its Houston studio and focused on large-scale projects, mentoring young designers and building a design-forward practice. He’s designed buildings for leading-edge organizations across the country, including MD Anderson, UT Health, Mayo Clinic, Duke University, Argonne National Laboratory and more. His recent projects include the Mayo Clinic’s Mangurian Outpatient Building, Legacy Community Health’s Sharpstown Clinic, Bowie State University’s Center for Nursing Sciences and Mathematics and Bridgestone North American Headquarters Tower.

Reflecting on his decision to rejoin CannonDesign, Andrew notes the transformation the firm has experienced. “Unarguably, CannonDesign is recognized as one of the most innovative in the profession,” he said. “I’m excited to be back and to push the boundaries of design alongside some of the most creative designers and thinkers around.”

Andrew went on to say that by expanding our design studios in Texas, our firm is able to benefit from a rapidly growing population and cultural and talent base, and work with national institutional leaders like the Texas Medical Center and the many leading companies moving to the region. “CannonDesign is a fully integrated practice that puts conceptual design leaders on the same team as highly specialized subject matter experts, resulting in projects that set the leading-edge benchmarks of their respective specialties,” he said. 

Andrew brings a proven design philosophy that uses a story-centered methodology to advance the human condition through a heightened connection to our environment. Exercising discovery and insight, he gives form to shared space and experiences defined by optimism and imagination. 

More about CannonDesign Texas

CannonDesign has called Texas home for nearly 85 years, designing healthcare, research and education projects across the state. Recent work includes the new Legacy Tower at Texas Children’s Hospital, the Student Center at Texas Woman’s University, Parkland Health & Hospital System’s Medical/Surgery Outpatient Clinic and Women’s and Infants Specialty Hospital Clinic, and University of Texas Medical Branch’s League City campus, among others. In 2019, the Houston Business Journal named CannonDesign one of the most Innovative Companies in the city, and in 2020, our ideas on the future of design in Dallas were published by NBC Dallas and D magazine.