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SUSAN COLE CANNON

FAIA
CANNONarchitects

SAY IT LOUD - NORTH CAROLINA Exhibitor
North Carolina Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The opportunity and collaborative spirit fostered between clients, employees and peers that is dedicated to interjecting modern design thinking and opportunities into all projects.

SUSAN COLE CANNON

Bio:

Susan has architecture degrees from both NCSU and Harvard. In 1995, I became a partner at Cannon Architects, and in 2007 the firm was incorporated as a woman-owned business. Cannon Architects won the NC 2015 Firm of the Year. I have taught Architectural studios at the NCSU College of Design for over 30 years. I hope to inspire students to use technology, structure and programmatic restraints as design opportunities rather than as obstacles.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

things and being challenged to come up with unique solutions. I knew I wanted a career that would be different every day.

What do you do?

I am President of CANNONarchitects, Designer and Project Architect. I also am an adjunct Professor of Practice at NCSU School of Architecture.

What excites you in the work you do?

The challenge for the potential for thoughtful solutions to everyday requirements by designing the extraordinary from the ordinary. I like looking for ways to use common materials in unique ways to create a new aesthetic.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The opportunity and collaborative spirit fostered between clients, employees and peers that is dedicated to interjecting modern design thinking and opportunities into all projects.

 

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

In 2014, I was inducted as a Fellow in the American Institute of American in Design. It was rewarding to be able to go to the National AIA Convention in Chicago and meet fellow peers from around the country.

Featured Project Name: 

2D Studios (Printmaking, Letterpress, Book Arts and Painting)

Featured Project Location: 

Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2015

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Architect and Designer

Featured Project Description:

The 2-D studios echo the artistic pursuit of craft and expressive construction. The studio spaces are in a simple form that opens with large expanses of glazing balanced with display walls, providing abundant natural light, inspirational views and a strong sense of connection to the surrounding landscape. Exterior balconies extend the studio spaces to outdoor work areas with commanding views of the mountain valley.

Photography Credit:

Keith Isaacs Photography