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Reflections on the 2019 Women’s Leadership Summit

Reflections on the 2019 Women’s Leadership Summit

“We have the power to change the profession of architecture – and by extension, to literally change the world around us. Changing the profession and the world is what women in architecture have been working to do for decades.” These are remarks taken from AIA Minnesota Executive Vice President Mary-Margaret Zindren’s welcome address at this..
Supporting Sustainable Design With Client Surveys

Supporting Sustainable Design With Client Surveys

According to the EPA-sponsored National Human Activity Pattern Survey (NHAPS), Americans spend as much as 87 percent of their lives indoors. With so much time spent in buildings, architecture firms like Cuningham Group are uniquely positioned to improve the health and well-being of their clients, as well as the health of the natural environment in..
Supporting the Support Staff

Supporting the Support Staff

John Cuningham, FAIA, who founded our firm in 1968, often shared that the first person he hired to work for him was an administrator. John always recognized that the health of an architecture firm is directly related to the health of its support staff. Thanks to John’s initial commitment, Cuningham Group has continually pushed the..
Advancing Our Industry: Women in Architecture

Advancing Our Industry: Women in Architecture

Recently, design writer Allison Arieff gained attention — both positive and negative — for a piece she published in The New York Times opinion section. The piece, “Where Are All the Female Architects?” questioned why architecture remains a male-dominated industry, despite a relatively high amount of female graduates. In light of this article’s traction, Madame Architect..
The Room Fitness Monitor

The Room Fitness Monitor

How can sensor data directly inform the experience of everyday building occupants? The last three decades have seen a proliferation of sensors and network connectivity in objects ranging from the everyday to the one-of-a-kind. This rapidly increasing digital neural network, often referred to as  the “Internet of Things” (IoT), is poised to completely restructure the..
State Fair Master Planning

State Fair Master Planning

“Many people don’t realize that most everything that surrounds us is planned. At a fair or festival, providing a great guest experience is paramount. That’s why it’s so important to look at every aspect of that experience, from point of entry to entertainment venues and facilities to traffic patterns.” – Cuningham Group Principal Brian Tempas,..
Imagining the Future: Master Planning at the MN State Fair

Imagining the Future: Master Planning at the MN State Fair

An extended version of this story was originally published in the July/August 2018 edition of “Fairs and Expos Magazine.” The Minnesota State Fair, a celebration of agriculture, craft foods and community, is one of the largest fairs in the country and a popular regional tourist destination, attracting nearly 2 million guests annually. A tradition for..