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Principal: Charles Smith

Principal: Charles Smith

Known for his high energy and demand for design excellence, Charles is a recognized leader in the higher education market. He believes a holistic and integrated approach to architecture contributes to a project's success. A key member of Cannon Design's management, Charles has led as Principal-In-Charge for scores of academic, wellness, recreation, student life, and laboratory projects in the course of his 26-year career.

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." 

Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Digital Learning Strategist: David Jakes

Digital Learning Strategist:
David Jakes

David Jakes spent 27 years in education as a teacher, learner, designer, storyteller, and technologist. From his first Macintosh Classic to his current iPad and Chromebook, he has witnessed firsthand the changes in education that technology has empowered. David is recognized as a thought leader in the educational technology field on a variety of topics, including digital storytelling, cloud-based learning environments and their relationship to physical learning spaces, mobile learning, professional development, and the use and impact of social media in education. David shares his knowledge through blogging and is a frequent speaker at educational technology conferences.

 
Artist: Lori Day

Artist: Lori Day

Though Lori is formally trained as an architect, she is an artist at her inner core. Whether it's encaustic wax painting, sketching or graphic design, she finds the most fulfillment when immersed in creative pursuits. For the past 15 years, she's worked as an architectural designer on K-12 and higher educational projects in Chicago, Boston and San Francisco. At Cannon, she organizes a weekly mentoring program where students from underprivileged Chicago schools come to learn about the architectural profession. Earning her Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Design from Ball State University, she explores how human behaviors are shaped by both built and natural environments, and environmental psychology of schools.

 
 
 
Architect: Jessica Figenholtz

Architect: Jessica Figenholtz

Inspired by a strong passion for sustainability, community engagement and architecture, Jessica is an advocate of design that integrates nature, people and urbanity. Having worked on a wide variety of public and private projects, Jessica applies critical thinking and design expression to link the human experience with ecologically based design. Jessica’s connection to the ACE Mentor Program, which continually aids Chicago Public high school students reach their potential of one day being an architect, allows her to contribute to the design process in a thoughtful, clear and concise manner, and brings insight at a holistic application.

    

 
Laboratory Design Specialist: Daniel Niewoehner

Laboratory Design Specialist: Daniel Niewoehner

Daniel is an architect that has focused on Science and Technology spaces for research, healing and teaching for the past 16 years.  The application of scientific method to the planning, return on investment, and organization of spaces for science has been at the core of his work with clients. As a father of three grade school learners he is curious about how children are taught, how they learn, and develop into lifelong learners.  The spatial response to learning continues to evolve and develop and influence the methods of teaching. He also plays guitar and am fascinated by how music and the arts affects scientific understanding and Nobel Prize winners.