Top 50 largest architecture companies in the world (P.13) CannonDesign: Top innovative architecture firm in the world


( In 2017 and 2019, Fast Company named CannonDesign one of the 10 most innovative architecture firms in the world.


CannonDesign is a global architecture, engineering and consulting practice that provides services for a range of project types, including hospitals and medical centers, corporate headquarters and commercial office buildings, higher education and PK-12 education facilities, hotels and hospitality, mixed-use, sports facilities, and science and research buildings.

Will Cannon, Sr. started his architecture practice in Niagara Falls, New York in 1915. His best-known work from this period was the Beaux-Arts style Niagara Falls City Hall in 1923. When his sons, Will Jr. and Don, revealed natural talents in architecture and engineering, the trio formed a family business in 1945 that would grow from its humble roots into one of the leading design practices in the world.

CannonDesign employs a design approach it created called Living-Centered Design. The approach addresses the complex interdependencies that exist between people, businesses, communities, society and the environment. Inspired by the best attributes of human-centered design, systems thinking and traditional architectural and engineering processes, Living-Centered Design solves challenges through the lens of the broader ecosystems they exist within—helping organizations and communities realize more impactful, systemic change.

Brad Lukanic has been the CEO of the employee-owned firm since 2015. In 2017 and 2019, Fast Company named CannonDesign one of the 10 most innovative architecture firms in the world.

CannonDesign’s notable awards and recognition

  • 2018, Laboratory of the Year Winner, R&D Magazine
  • 2019, Outstanding Organization of the Year, Healthcare Design Magazine
  • 2019, One of 9 World Changing Companies, Fast Company
  • 2019 & 2017, One of the 10 Most Innovative Architecture Firms in the World, Fast Company
  • 2020, Design Firm of the Year, Engineering News-Record

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