CannonDesign Ranks Top 5 in Modern Healthcare Annual Design Firms Report

  • April 11, 2018

Michael Bonomo to Speak at SHFM 2018 Critical Issues Conference

  • 04/04/2018 - 04/04/2018
  • Presenter(s): Michael Bonomo

CannonDesign & Steelcase Education Present: The Education Symposium

  • 04/11/2018

Three CannonDesigners Selected for 2018 BWAF Emerging Leaders Program

  • March 7, 2018

Carisima Koenig Appointed Co-Chair of AIA New York Professional Practice Committee

  • January 31, 2018

Assembly Design Studio Joins With CannonDesign

  • January 10, 2018

Michael Bonomo Joins CannonDesign

  • December 18, 2017

CannonDesign Hosts Wellness Fast Track for Fast Company Innovation Festival

  • December 7, 2017
  • Author: Alexandra Hammarth

In October, our New York City office was fortunate to be a part of the 3rd annual Fast Company Innovation Festival. As part of this year’s theme of “Leading with Optimism”, CannonDesign hosted a Fast Track event inviting attendees to explore “The Need for the Third Place: Creating Wellness Spaces of the Future”.

The festival, which occurs each year in New York City, gathers thousands of attendees from all parts of the world, ranging in backgrounds from tech, fashion, design, retail, health, business and more. Like the diverse groups of people who attend, the events also range from keynote presentations to interactive workshops. For our event, we chose to do a bit of both: a presentation and a workshop.

Set in Studio Tag’s intimate Manhattan showroom, our event welcomed twenty-five people for a healthy lunch, a presentation from NYC Interior Design Director, Tina Manis, and an interactive workshop. Throughout the entire event, we sought to establish the need for “The Third Place,” a term coined by sociologist Ray Oldenberg that refers to the idea of a public, social place outside of our homes and workplaces where we can feel well. Everyone’s personal “third place” is unique and attendees shared their own ideas ranging from the gym, to cafes and even less physical notions like “anywhere with friends” as the exercise began.

After the presentation, CannonDesign workshop leaders gathered groups of five at random and began to lead them through a series of brainstorming exercises about how they define “The Third Place.” Our workshop leaders came from different disciplines – architecture, interior design, advisory services – and modeled the workshops based on how they engage clients. None of the attendees knew they’d be part of an interactive workshop, which ensured their responses were authentic and unrehearsed – making this a learning moment for everyone involved.

Throughout the exercises, we asked attendees about their definition of wellness, their ideas for their own third place and what they perceive to be key factors that support well-being, both now and in the future. Our goal for the workshop was to determine any recurring themes that could be translated into design ideas. By the end of the workshop, we regrouped as Tina Manis concluded three themes that attendees came up with on defining the future of wellness:

  • Inclusion (for everyone, equally through community, etc.)
  • Integration (wishing for better connections through wellness)
  • Discovery (Individual and internal that extends beyond the self to others)

CannonDesign practices this daily, with wellness spaces being a key component of our projects, not just in health care, but in education and corporate/commercial work as well.

These themes demonstrate the need for a space that caters to many, while being personalized for the individual.

  • Inclusion: A representation of how we as designers can continue to make spaces that cater to the various types of people who will use them,
  • Integration: A unique idea where the goal would be to support a person’s individual needs in a space designed for many (people brainstormed ideas from making amenities more visible in a space, to how we can seamlessly integrate someone’s personal records into an experience that doesn’t compromise their privacy)
  • Discovery: The final and most appropriate theme of the workshop, demonstrating how we should encourage people to discover new interactions in space.

In so many ways, our Fast Company Fast Track modeled the ways we engage our clients. As designers, we are constantly working with our clients to infuse wellness into the spaces we create across healthcare, education, workplaces, etc. We help our clients articulate the needs they know they have and hopefully uncover needs they hadn’t previously considered.

It was awesome to host a Fast Track as part of the Innovation Festival and we’re grateful to everyone who attended and took part. We’re hopeful the participants learned as much about wellness and “The Third Place” as we did for the experience.

CannonDesign Attends 2017 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit

  • October 23, 2017
  • Author: Bridget Supplitt

Hilda Espinal, Carisima Koenig and Patricia Bou recently attended the AIA 2017 Women’s Leadership Summit held in Washington DC. The sold-out event brought together over 400 architects to continue the national conversation on equity in the design profession. Workshops and lectures explored topics including:

  • Equity and pay
  • The missing 33 percent
  • Process and outcomes for leadership
  • Business acumen and negotiation as a power tool
  • The language of power

As part of the Summit, the AIA Washington D.C. chapter also hosted the first ever WIELD event (Women Inspiring Emerging Leaders in Design), where Hilda was a featured speaker. CannonDesign was honored to attend this event and is committed to fostering discussions surrounding women in leadership to help promote diversity and inclusion within the industry.

CannonDesign to Host Fast Company Innovation Festival Fast Track

  • 10/26/2017 - 10/26/2017