"UIUC School of Architecture offered me a superb foundation of architectural understanding.  The school presented highly influential faculty whose wisdom and instruction resides in my brain to this day.  UIUC was a great collegiate experience."

Robert Benson

Design Principal
Chicago, Illinois

CannonDesign is an integrated Living-Centered Design firm focused on helping people continuously flourish. We leverage the heart, passion and intelligence of our more than 1,000 creative thinkers to develop design solutions that solve challenges and seize opportunities. Whether designing for innovations in health, new scientific discoveries, equity in education, inclusive communities or the “next big idea” in business, we partner with organizations to help them improve human life. In 2019, Fast Company recognized us as both a World Changing Company and one of the Most Innovative Design Firms in the world. 


Higher Education / Institutional / S+T

John Hopkins APL B201 Lab + Office Building
Laurel, MD

Western Michigan University, Student Center
Kalamazoo, MI

Purdue Bioscience Innovation Building
Calumet, IN

University of Illinios at Urbana-Champaign, Data Sciences and Mathematics Building
Urbana-Champaign, IL

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chemistry Building
Madison, WI

Northwestern University, Wirtz Performing Arts Center
Evanston, IL 

Argonne National Laboratory, Building 460, 200, 213
Lemont, IL


Showtime Entertainment Headquarters
West Hollywood, CA

Fulton Office, New Shell and Core
Chicago, IL 

GSA JCK LIFE +, Headquarters Workspace
Chicago, IL 

Brunswick Corporation, Headquarters
Lake Forest, IL

DCI Artform, Workspace - Digital Cave 
Chicago, IL 

Chicago, IL 

CA Ventures, Workspace
Chicago, IL 

Echo Global Logistics, Headquarters Workspace, IL IDEXX R+D workplace
Portland, ME

Michigan Plaza Plaza/ Lobby, exterior skin renovation
Chicago, IL 


Pasco Technical High School
Pasco County, FL

Rockford Public School District 205
Rockford, IL

Chicago Jewish Day School
Chicago, IL 


Cripple Creek Boutique 120 key hotel
Cripple Creek, CO

When Recruiting Architecture Students Robert looks for:
Intelligence and talent.  Diversity of interest.  Ability to communicate.