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Andrew Balster

Chicago Office Leader


Throughout my career, I have led projects that use design to make positive change. CannonDesign has been deeply rooted in Chicago for decades and has the talent, desire and expertise to create projects that advance our communities, our society and the next generation.

As office practice leader of the Chicago office, Andrew Balster helps strengthen community relationships, mentor teams and create client partnerships across the health, education, commercial and science industries. He is widely respected for his contributions to the fields of architecture, urbanism, public policy and academia. Andrew will continue to explore opportunities to design for social equity and justice through Open Hand Studio — CannonDesign’s platform for public interest design — fostering community and civic partnerships across Chicago. Andrew joined CannonDesign after serving as the executive director of Archeworks, a design lab and think-tank focused on using the power of design to confront social, cultural and environmental urban challenges.