CULTURE

The essence of Cuningham Group’s culture can be stated in one word: Collaboration. What sets us apart is an added layer of ‘emotional capital’ to create a corporate culture that is both professionally and personally rewarding. Cuningham Group boasts an optimistic, idealistic, nourishing, and affirmative culture that acts as a beacon attracting employees, clients, and strategic partners who seek professional excellence and personal development.

Uplifting the Human Experience

Through storytelling, active listening, creativity, collaboration, innovation, and designing beautiful places, Cuningham Group aims to uplift the human experience by creating memorable and resonant environments for families, coworkers, friends, and neighbors to grow, work, learn, and thrive. We have found that through the diverse experience of our team members and the advanced expertise of long-time designers and architects, Cuningham Group is able to deliver on our promises to protect environments, grow businesses, and foster communities regardless of previous place and space constraints. Through a collaborative approach both internally and externally – working with project teams, clients, stakeholders, and community members – there is no end to the good that we can do together to create a beautiful, balanced world.

Values

Our long-standing core values have guided the growth of the firm since it was founded:

DESIGN: We believe in the power of design as the foundation of the value we deliver to our clients, and we commit to the realization of each project’s design potential.

SPIRIT: We believe our work will be designed with an economy of means, a respect for the environment, and a spirit which embodies and fosters the values and ideals of our clients.

RELATIONSHIPS: We believe all our relationships should be open, forthright, and respectful, not merely transactions.

PEOPLE: We believe our people are our greatest resource and are committed to having the best staff and the tools to support them.

BALANCE: We believe opportunities in this organization should offer all professional growth, joy, and an opportunity to make the world a better place.

ORGANIZATION: We believe in building a flexible organization which evolves and endures on the diverse strengths and entrepreneurial activity of all.

PROFITABILITY: We believe in the value of profitability to fuel the growth and development of the organization and to help secure the future of all

Key Leaders

Our work across multiple markets sectors requires the expertise of a diverse group of leaders. The individuals pictured below represent the people who have dedicated their careers to advancing the value of design across a wide range of projects. They are recognized nationally and internationally for their significant, specialized thought leadership.

John W. Cuningham, FAIA, LEED® AP
Founder
James S. Scheidel, AIA, LEED® AP
Principal, Chairman of the Board
Timothy Dufault, AIA, LEED® AP
President, Chief Executive Officer
Douglas A. Lowe, FAIA, LEED® AP
Founding Principal
Thomas L. Hoskens, AIA, LEED® AP
Founding Principal
Maha Abou-Haidar, AIA
Principal, Healthcare
Nabil Abou-Haidar, AIA
Principal, Senior Living
Lee Brennan, AIA
Principal, Healthcare
Chad J. Clow, AIA
Principal, Workplace
David J. Cochran, AIA
Principal, Healthcare
John W. Culligan, AIA, LEED® AP
Principal, Entertainment
Andrew Dresdner, AICP
Senior Associate, Urban Design
Michele L. Espeland, CID
Principal, Interior Design
Brett K. Ewing, AIA
Principal, Resort Hospitality
Amelia Feichtner, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C
Principal, Urban Living
Thomas K. Fridstein, FAIA, LEED® AP
Chief Operating Officer
Scott Godfrey, AIA
Principal, Entertainment
Jack Highwart, AIA, LEED® AP
Principal, Urban Living
Judith Hoskens, REFP, LEED® AP
Principal, Education
Gregory Houck, AIA
Gregory Houck, AIA
Associate Principal, Restaurant/Retail
G. Wayne Hunter, AIA, ACHA, DBIA
Principal, Healthcare
Paul Hutton, FAIA, LEED® AP BD+C
Principal, Chief Sustainability Officer
David B. Hyde, AIA
Principal, Resort Hospitality
Mark Kalar, AIA, Esq., LEED® AP BD + C
Associate Principal, General Counsel
Jeffrey K. Mandyck, AIA, LEED® AP
Principal, Higher Education
Rebecca Martinez
Principal, Chief Marketing Officer
David Motzenbecker, ASLA
Landscape Architecture
Karen Obert, CPA
Principal, Chief Financial Officer
Sam Olbekson, Associate AIA, AICAE
Principal, Native American Design
Margaret Parsons, AIA, REFP, LEED® AP BD+C
Principal, Education
John Pfluger, AIA, LEED® AP
Principal, Education
Jeffrey Schoeneck, AIA, LEED® AP
Principal, Urban Living
Sukreet Singh, BEMP, EMIT, LEED® AP BD+C
Associate, Energy Analytics
Richard Solberg, AIA
Executive Director, China
Phillip Soule, AIA, ACHA, DBIA
Principal, Healthcare
David Stahl
Principal, Urban Living
Michael Strand, AIA
Principal, Resort Hospitality
Brian Tempas, AIA, LEED® AP
Principal, Not for Profit
Kathryn Wallace, AIA, LEED® AP
Principal, Education
Adam Wilbrecht, AIA
Associate Principal, Chief Knowledge Officer

Associate Principals

Nina Broadhurst, AIA
Janet Bucholdt, CDFA
Jack Feichtner, LEED® AP
Scott Godfrey, AIA
Jeremy Holen
Shaun Jennings, AIA
Christopher Kruszynski, LEEP® AP

Thomas Kyllo, AIA, LEED® AP
Julie Lang, CDFA
Yongkoo Lee
Paolo Lovagnini, AIA, LEEP® AP
Kevin McQuaid, AIA
Kari-elin Mock, AIA, LEED AP® BD+C
Erik Okland, AIA, LEED AP® BD+C
Juan Perez, AIA

Marcy Schulte, AIA, LEED AP® BD+C
Scott Sponsler
David Stahl
Jerry Steffan
Todd VandenBurg, AIA, LEED AP® BD+C
Steven Ward, AIA

Community Outreach

Cuningham Group values active public service and philanthropic giving, and we are proud of the foundations and charities we support. Our employees are involved as leaders in their communities, and as an organization we find ways to contribute to the communities in which we live, work, heal, and play.

A firm favorite is the annual Cuningham Group Creative Exhibition. Hosted by our Minneapolis office since 2003, the popular silent auction event showcases paintings, photography, sculpture and other works of art created by our employees, friends, and families with proceeds donated to Twin Cities area nonprofits. Past beneficiaries of the show include: Sharing and Caring Hands, Art Buddies, Walker West Music Academy, Juxtaposition Arts, EJAM (Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota), Minnesota Life College, and Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly.

The generous nature of our company and employees extends into a variety of programs and organizations across all of our offices with time, talent, and treasure shared with the following:

AIA 2030
AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (AIA-CAE)
Alzheimer's Association
American Architectural Foundation (AAF)
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Association for Learning Environments (A4LE, formerly CEFPI)
Boys & Girls Club
Cal Poly Foundation
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Construction Specification Institute (CSI)
Denver Architectural Foundation and the Cleworth Architectural Legacy (DAF-CAL)
Domestic Abuse Project
Habitat for Humanity
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
MetroHope Recovery Ministries

Middleton Outreach Ministry
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership
Minnesota State Fair Foundation
Phyllis Wheatley Community Center
Second Harvest Heartland
Sharefest Community Development, Inc.
Sharp HealthCare Foundation
Society of Design Administration – Construction
Southern Poverty Law Center
TEA Foundation
Toys for Tots
Tri-City Hospital Foundation
University of Minnesota Foundation
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)