When John founded Cuningham Group Architecture in 1968 he embraced environmental sensitivity as a core value. In fact, we wrote the first Monograph on Sustainability for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Today, sustainability is in everything we design at Cuningham Group. We understand building has more impact on the environment that any other human activity and that we have a responsibility to design in harmony with nature. We are committed to a future in which the built environment does not compromise the prosperity of all living things rather it enriches the human experience.

We have thoughtfully deployed leadership in sustainability across the firm to provide the best possible service and value to our clients.

Providing overall direction and guidance for sustainability is our Chief Sustainability Officer, Paul C. Hutton, FAIA and Director of Energy Analytics Sukreet Singh, BEMP. EMIT, LEED® AP BD+C. Paul has dedicated his 38-year career to energy efficient, day-lighted, and sustainable building design. Sukreet is an expert at advanced computer modeling for Building Performance. Together, Paul and Sukreet provide expert consulting on specific projects, training for Cuningham Group staff, and direct targeted research at the firm.

Each of our market groups have their own embedded sustainability leadership. At the senior level, there are Market Group Sustainability Leaders. These dedicated individuals look for opportunities to pursue ever higher goals for our projects and communicate with our clients on a range of issues. At the junior staff level, there are Sustainability Advocates. These individuals are trained in advanced energy modeling and provide concept design energy modeling for every significant project.

We strive to discover the optimal alignment between each client’s values and potential sustainable strategies. We understand the best applications of sustainability in each of our market groups and realize they may be different from one project type to another. We gently, yet persistently, push the envelope and our own comfort zone, seeking building performance improvement with every project.

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Cuningham Group’s dedication to sustainable design is unrivaled in the entertainment industry. This dedication is demonstrated in our founding of the Themed Entertainment Sustainability Summit (TESS®) in 2008. The primary goal of TESS is to promote an open dialogue between leaders in the entertainment industry to promote sustainable best practices in the planning, design and operations of theme parks and other entertainment venues. TESS is an annual event which repeatedly results in active collaboration and the unrestrained exchange of international sustainable design and operational standards.

Past attendees and participants include Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Studios, Ocean Park Hong Kong, Universal Studios, Sea World Parks and Entertainment, and Herschend Entertainment, among others. TESS aims to foster an open dialogue among the global community, regarding best practices and sustainable efforts in designing the world’s greatest entertainment attractions and environments.