Allison Méndez is a project designer and associate at CannonDesign in St. Louis, where she has worked for over four years. She is involved in a range of project types, but most often works in healthcare and sports and recreation. She has a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Science in Design from Arizona State University.
At Washington University, Allison was nominated for several design awards and received the William Tao Prize for excellence in the integration of building systems. She spent much of her later academic career exploring ways to address agricultural and water management issues with infrastructural design projects and continues to be interested in this research. Some of her collaborative projects on this topic were featured in the ACSA conference and annual publication, and at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam.
Recently, her design projects and drawings were also recognized with honors and awards, and featured on Archdaily, the St. Louis AIA website, and in the St. Louis Business Journal.
Allison’s design philosophy is that great design results from simple, clear problem-solving that reaches beyond the physical site constraints, beyond the baseline programmatic needs, and results in a deeply interconnected project with consistency at the scale of the part and the whole. She likes to call it “the apparently undesigned” - something that seems more discovered than authored.