December 20, 2019

Business First Buffalo Names CannonDesign Company of the Year

Business First Buffalo has named CannonDesign a Company of the Year for 2019 and published another look at our move to downtown Buffalo.

There are numerous highlights from 2019 for our Buffalo team, including:


  • Our 201 Ellicott project moved forward as a mixed-use affordable housing and fresh food market. The site will be one of the first “mobility hubs” for downtown Buffalo, providing residents and the community a place of alternative transportation opportunities.
  • Construction began on the D’Youville Health Professions Hub this past fall. The project brings health and job opportunities to the city’s West Side community while helping address the region’s critical shortage of health professionals.
  • UB’s One World Café progresses as an authentic, internationally themed eatery centrally located on the UB campus.
  • Park School of Buffalo opened the Knopp-Hailpern Science Center, a project that will significantly advance science learning opportunities for students. It is the first new academic building on the campus in more than 50 years.


  • CannonDesign moved from its long-time home on Grand Island to a temporary workspace in the Bank of America Building downtown. We will move to our new permanent space at 50 Fountain Plaza in Summer 2020.


  • CannonDesign held two Buffalo Urban Futures Forums in 2019. The first focused on how food and hospitality development can reshape cities and included speakers from Delaware North, WS Development and Larkin Development Group. The second event focused on nurturing Buffalo’s technology ecosystem for positive growth. It featured speakers from M&T Bank, Campus Labs, HiOperator and Delaware North. We are already planning events for 2020 and looking to grow impact beyond just discussion.


2019 proved a banner year for national recognition for CannonDesign:

  • Fast Company named CannonDesign one of the most innovative architecture firms in the world and a World Changing Company.
  • We were the No. 4 firm overall in Architect 50, a prestigious ranking of the country’s best architecture firms.
  • Healthcare Design named CannonDesign its 2019 Outstanding Health Organization of the Year.