CannonDesign merges with FKP Architects

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Centre Hospitalier de L’Universite de Montreal
Centre Hospitalier de L’Universite de Montreal, one of CannonDesign’s healthcare design projects (CannonDesign)

Grand Island-based CannonDesign has merged with FKP Architects, an architecture firm based in Houston, Texas specializing in design of academic, research, scientific and healthcare projects. (Grand Island is near Niagara Falls, NY.)

The merger was announced Nov. 17 by CannonDesign CEO Bradley Lukanic. FKP currently operates as FKP | CannonDesign until it fully transitions to the CannonDesign name.

“CannonDesign’s five-year strategic framework focuses on proactive strategies for strengthening our client partnerships through personal and firm growth by office expansions, new hires and mergers,” said Lukanic. “Today’s merger with FKP intentionally increases CannonDesign’s commitment to total health solutions with a focus on children’s health, while advancing our design impact, being a top-tier employer and taking a stronghold in key geographic areas like Texas and Ohio.”

Led by CEO Diane R.K. Osan, FAIA, ACHA, FKP has three offices in Houston, Dallas and Columbus. These offices will continue to operate.

“The marketplace is rapidly evolving and demanding even more from designers,” Osan said in a statement. “Merging with CannonDesign creates a broader and deeper solutions palette, with more innovative and agile competences to propel our client’s design solutions. Our mutual goals support missions that advance education and health environments.”

FKP | CannonDesign says in the news release that it aims to create new perspectives and push the boundaries of facilities design in the fields of children’s health, pediatrics and well-being. “Both firms have solid foundations, now we can expand in key areas to further serve our clients and create partnerships to evolve our design practice,” said Lukanic.

Osan will join CannonDesign’s board of directors, and will be named as the firm’s pediatric health practice leader.