Denver Architecture Firm Acquired by Global Design Firm

DENVERBennett Wagner Grody Architects has joined global design firm CannonDesign. This merger brings together the leading Denver-based practice with one of the most respected and innovative architecture and engineering firms in the world and will help launch CannonDesign’s presence in Colorado.

Reflecting on the merger, Donald Grody, CEO of Bennett Wagner Grody Architects, noted the partnership allows our firm to transcend the notion of what a traditional architecture practice should be. “There are many design firms that do good architecture in Colorado,” he said. “But this merger allows us to do more – to harness new services and expertise to help our clients leverage the built environment to improve performance and create stronger futures. It gives us a very distinct perspective in the industry.”

CannonDesign is recognized as one of the most forward-thinking design firms in the industry; in 2017, Fast Company named the firm one of the “10 most innovative architecture firms in the world.” Key to achieving this recognition is the firm’s ability to leverage the power of design to address complex challenges across the health, education, corporate/commercial, science + technology and sports + recreation and civic markets. As a result of this merger, we gain this deep expertise, as well as an extensive platform of new services, including engineering, workplace strategy, technology consulting and more.

“This new partnership energizes CannonDesign with Bennett Wagner Grody Architects’ solid reputation in higher education, prek-12 and healthcare markets, strengthened by their focus on student housing, libraries, interior design and civic work,” said CannonDesign’s CEO Brad Lukanic, AIA. “We found a like-minded firm to align our strategic goals with, advancing our design impact across the architectural industry.”

Complementing our work in Colorado is CannonDesign’s portfolio of work in the state, including the University of Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, the expansion of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Student Recreation Center, the expansion of the University of Colorado Hospital’s Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion, and the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Holaday Athletic Center among other projects.

Going forward, the Denver design firm will conduct business as Bennett Wagner Grody Architects | CannonDesign until a future transition to the CannonDesign name.

Image of University of Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, courtesy of CannonDesign.

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