EDUCATION PROJECTS:  k-12, college & university

Houghton College PACE Program, West Seneca NY

Interior design & furniture selection for 7 academic and residence buildings of new university, led by Roxanne Button AIA while employed at Cannon Design.


Inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, the interior design concepts for Ave Maria University focused on colour, pattern, and the filtering of natural light through the red-framed windows.  Natural wood accents on the furniture brought warmth to the tilt-up concrete structures and interior walls.  The floors were either stained concrete or carpet tiles with a Wright-inspired patterns.


The project included interior design and furniture selection for the Library, Science Building, Student Center, and Undergraduate Residence Halls.


Completed:  2010

Architect:  Cannon Design

Interior Design:  Roxanne Button AIA, while employed by Cannon Design

Dining facility, commercial kitchen renovation and expansion


SUNY IT embarked on a full renovation of its dining facility including an expansion of the kitchen and recapture of dining space on the second floor level.  The result is approximately 600 seats in a bright, modern facility that has multiple food stations and seating options for students to choose from.  


Working with the Facilities Department, Roxanne Button selected furniture that was durable and functional, but which also fit the contemporary aesthetic that the College was looking for.


Completed:  2012

Architect:  Architectural Resources PC

Interior Design:  Roxanne Button AIA, while employed by Architectural Resources

Photos:  MidCity Office Furniture

Interior design & furniture selection for new home of the College of Business and College of Education, led by Roxanne Button AIA while employed at Cannon Design.


The project included the reuse of the historic Perboyre Hall and construction of a new Academic wing adjacent to it.  Working with the University's Facility Design staff, Roxanne developed a modern colour palette that alternated by floor and complimented the stone walls of the historic building.  


Completed:  2007

Architect:  Cannon Design

Interior Design:  Roxanne Button AIA, while employed by Cannon Design, and Karin Crumb Kosmala, Allied ASID, former Facility Designer, Niagara University

Academic Complex, Niagara University, Lewiston NY
SUNY IT Dining Hall Renovation, Utica NY

Offices, classrooms, and student lounge spaces


Houghton College was looking for a home for its Program for Accelerating College Education (PACE).  After investigating several possible locations with the Architect, they selected this tenant space in West Seneca, NY, just south of Buffalo.


The PACE program is aimed at students who work full- or part-time, so having comfortable study and work spaces was important.  The space planning took advantage of an existing double-height atrium in the center of the building and turned it into a student lounge.  At the entrance, soft seating and desks provide students with a place to study or relax before classes.  The bold and colourful interior is accented by humourous graphics developed by the College's own graphic designers.


Completed:  2012.

Architect:  KCB Architecture PC

Interior Design:  Design Synergies Architecture PC

Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, FL