In the piece, Kristin discusses her career path, current goals, what differentiates CannonDesign and some of her favorite parts of the city. She elaborates on how she balances being both our office leader focused on the growth and development of the Houston team, and a key interior designer for our healthcare practice, consistently delivering functional, empathetic spaces for patients, families and staff. Under her leadership, our Houston team has worked with leading institutions to deliver valuable community resources.
Kristin’s full profile is available online. Here is a key excerpt
Hi Kristin, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
What really sets CannonDesign apart is our Living-Centered Design platform. We are committed to designing beautiful, functional buildings and spaces where people can flourish. Our approach is deeply rooted in stakeholder and community engagement, sustainability, data and analytics, research and more to ensure we create resources that can empower people for generations. Just some of our recent work in Texas includes dynamic healthcare spaces like Texas Children’s Legacy Tower and The Woodlands, the University of Texas Medical Branch League City’s expanded patient tower and key education spaces with Texas Christian University and Texas Woman’s University.
We’ve also designed breakthrough spaces across the country like Children’s Hospital of Orange County’s Thompson Autism Center, a 2020 Fast Company World Changing Idea. The project is one of very few across the country dedicated solely to helping children with autism. I’d also add that CannonDesign has an incredibly unique service set. Yes, we offer architecture and engineering but we also offer Facility Optimization Solutions, modular design and construction, lighting design, consulting, environmental consulting and much more. Through these services and significant project work, we intend to grow in the years ahead.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
As a global design firm, we routinely host team members who live elsewhere across the country and are from all different backgrounds and cultures, to the great city of Houston. Of course, we try and schedule large firm meetings during March to align with Houston Rodeo. It is certainly a must attend event for our visitors to experience the food, music, carnival and the rodeo itself. When it comes to the culinary world, we’re always sure to treat our guests to a feast. That might be Texas BBQ, local seafood or TexMex.
As far as relaxation, steering our guests to one of our local parks like Hermann Park, or Levy Park (one of my favorites) just down the street from our office is the best way to escape the big city life. We can also take others through the museum district (again, not far from our office) along the way to the Texas Medical Center. This is an especially inspiring walk to our architects and art aficionados. As our office has grown in the past few years, we have several employees relocate to Houston. We encourage our new Texas families to stay in several of the surrounding communities before determining their home base. Everywhere from The Woodlands, to Katy, Sugar Land or Clear Lake, each area has a unique offering of activities and culture to experience.