About Us



When John Cuningham founded Cuningham Group in 1968, he developed a model of architecture that is highly inclusive and incorporates extensive client, consultant, engineer, and contractor participation. Nurtured by John and a committed team of leaders, we have expanded locations, services, and markets over the decades to meet a growing demand from respected local, regional, national, and international clients.

In 2018 Cuningham Group celebrated 50 years of growth, exciting projects and collaborative client and partner relationships. We extend our gratitude as we celebrated this journey, reflecting both on our achievements and looking forward to upcoming decades of creating great designs that Uplift the Human Experience.



Cuningham Group is organized into specialized market groups to provide clients with dedicated teams of professionals focused on meeting the specific needs of each project and the marketplace. We see crossover value in all of the work we do and believe each project informs the next, leading to more comprehensive design solutions and healthier communities.

Cuningham Group delivers well-crafted lifestyle experiences that meet developer demands. Our designs attract tenants seeking amenity-rich living and communities seeking attractive, innovative new properties.

Today’s workplace environments are evolving faster than ever. Organizations expect work spaces to provide motivation and foster productivity while presenting opportunities to meet, gather, socialize, and relax. Cuningham Group’s broad experience informs innovative design solutions tailored to each client’s needs.

Through our participation in research on the link between the physical environment and the way students learn, we provide our clients with valuable insights into how 21st century schools should be designed to best support student learning.

Few teams can match the level of entertainment and leisure design experience reflected in our portfolio. We understand how to design immersive spaces where people play, stay, shop and dine, and aim to provide functionality and ease for employees and operators.

We optimize the potential of each healthcare project by aligning design creativity around our client’s key business metrics, strategies and healing mission, whether it be community-based, ambulatory, or acute care.

Design Process

At Cuningham Group, we believe that creativity and innovation are central to our mission, and are best served through a collaborative, inclusive process that engages each and every key stakeholder. In other words, our team leverages a model emphasizing collective rather than individual brilliance for unparalleled place making. We have a deep conviction that the places we design tell our client’s story and celebrate the experience, both environmentally and architecturally. To succeed in this approach, we depend on the power of listening and asking the right questions to reveal the inherent story of each client, in line with their vision and objectives. We know that the built environment can be created in harmony with natural systems, and, in our eyes, beauty is integral to sustainable design. We understand the power of new technology to share useful information, and in the wisdom of collective experience. The design process at Cuningham Group is holistic in approach and skillfully embraces all available information and participants to create truly original projects for our clients.


Our projects are designed for the betterment of communities and society as a whole, and sustainability and green design are a natural extension of this core ideology. To us, sustainability is more than a checklist of LEED® points. We approach sustainability with a strong commitment to creating a better environment at all levels and scales. In each design, we consider value to the owner/client, stewardship of our planet and its resources, the wellness of those who occupy our projects, vitality of our neighborhoods, and avenues for enjoyment and learning that a project can bring to its occupants and visitors.

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