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Bobby Vance


Bobby Vance leverages his experience in both the profession and academia to bring a unique perspective to CannonDesign’s Chicago office. He has experience in product design, commercial, residential and healthcare architecture, design+build, project management, marketing and fundraising. Bobby looks to bolster the impact of Amp, CannonDesign’s in-house innovation incubator initiative, to encourage the entrepreneurial ideas recognized by Fast Company as one of the Most Innovative Companies in architecture. Bobby most recently designed and prototyped the COVID Shield to combat the ongoing effects of the coronavirus.

Prior to joining CannonDesign, Bobby served as the Program Manager for the Center for Design Research at Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies. After completing both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Architecture from Virginia Tech, Bobby joined the faculty in the School of Architecture + Design. Co-leading many design+build projects during his tenure, he helped lead the team to victory in the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East competition in Dubai with FutureHAUS, a prefabricated smart home exhibited in Dubai, Times Square, and Washington, D.C.

As a member of CannonDesign’s NEXT Council, Bobby serves as a conduit between design teams and firm leadership to evolve the practice. The NEXT Council functions as a think tank for innovation and actionable solutions that help differentiate CannonDesign as a leading design practice.