Firm of the Year

Firm of the Year
September 2013

Given biennially, the prestigious Firm Award recognizes firms that have contributed to the advancement of the profession in the areas of technology, service and design.

“Our goal is to always work side-by-side with our clients and to discover the best creative solutions for their opportunities and challenges together,” said John Cuningham when he was asked to summarize the history and focus of the firm. “We began using this inclusive process over 45 years ago and have continued to employ it in a variety of projects in all parts of the world. It has resulted in a history of rewarding projects and has allowed us to develop many longstanding relationships with clients, colleagues and consultants. In the end, we find ourselves working on terrific projects with people we like, and that is a very nice place to be. ”

The Firm Award Selection Committee, comprised of AIA Minnesota board members and leadership, agreed that Cuningham Group met or exceeded all three criteria for selection:

  • advancement of the profession in technology such as our innovative and technological commitment to the IPD program along with the firm’s sustainability conference focused on the entertainment industry;
  • service through the monthly public affairs forum, Urban Currents, which focuses on holistic issues facing the community;
  • design recognition from an impressive list of design industry organizations, including AIA, the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the American Planning Association (APA) and the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) to name a few.