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Join us throughout 2018 as we celebrate Cuningham Group’s 50th Anniversary! We’re showcasing what we’ve accomplished together over the past 50 years while looking forward to the upcoming decades of great design. Thank you for helping us create 50 years of Uplifting the Human Experience.

Cuningham Group’s Founding Story — By John Cuningham

October 1968

I always tell people that I became an architect because of James Stageberg. He was my professor at the University of Minnesota as well as a mentor and friend. He hired me immediately after graduation in 1962 and I became a partner in his firm at age 27.

Firm’s First Award

January 1971
Firm’s First Award

The Lake Grace Recreational Pavilion in Jonathan, Minnesota is awarded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Award.

Vision-Based Planning™

January 1972

John Cuningham received a grant from the Ford Foundation and created Consensus Planning, an interactive, planning model which set the foundation for everything the firm has accomplished in K-12 Educational Design.

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Chelsea Woods

June 1975
Chelsea Woods

More than four decades later, one of Cuningham Group’s earliest projects is still a thriving community.

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Merrill Mansion

February 1978
Merrill Mansion

In 1978, Cuningham Group had its office in the Eugene A. Merrill House in Minneapolis.

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Cuningham Architecture

September 1983
Cuningham Architecture

The firm formally changes name to Cuningham Architects.

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Breck School Chapel of the Holy Spirit

September 1984
Breck School Chapel of the Holy Spirit

Cuningham Group designs Breck School’s iconic Chapel of the Holy Spirit in Golden Valley, Minnesota.

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Lehmberg Gazebo

November 1984
Lehmberg Gazebo

Cuningham Group receives its first AIA Honor Award from Minnesota AIA for work on the Lehmberg Gazebo in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota.

Grand Casino Mille Lacs

June 1991
Grand Casino Mille Lacs

Cuningham Group teams up with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians and the newly incorporated Grand Casino, Inc., one of the largest gaming companies in the United States today, to create the original Grand Casino Mille Lacs.

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First Major Education Award

February 1992
First Major Education Award

Receives the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Shirley Cooper Award for Design Excellence in Schools

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Firm Wins IFRAA Award

November 1992
Firm Wins IFRAA Award

The House of Prayer Retreat Center, designed by Cuningham Group and led by John Cuningham, won the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) Design Award for Religious Architecture and the Minnesota Society of the AIA Honor Award.

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Epic Systems Corporation

June 1996
Epic Systems Corporation

Begins designing the corporate headquarters of Epic Systems Corporation in Madison and Verona, Wisconsin.

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Los Angeles

July 1996
Los Angeles

The firm expands to California and begins working with major entertainment clients.

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STAR TREK: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton

December 1998
STAR TREK: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton

STAR TREK: The Experience™ at the Las Vegas Hilton brings the magic of Hollywood to the Las Vegas entertainment market.

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Urban Currents

June 1999
Urban Currents

Launches a monthly community forum, Metro Matters – now called Urban Currents, as a way to discuss important local issues.

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Heinävaara Elementary School opens

September 1999
Heinävaara Elementary School opens

Juhani Rouvinen, the mayor of Heinävaara, Finland, and architect Antero Turkki attended a conference in Helsinki where they listened to a representative from Cuningham Group speak about the latest research on how children learn in different ways and what that meant for school design.

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Monograph on Sustainable Design

March 2001
Monograph on Sustainable Design

Cuningham Group is commissioned by NCARB to write the first monograph on Sustainable Design.

People’s Republic of China

January 2002

Cuningham Group opens an office in Beijing, China, launching its themed destination design work in Asia.

Republic of Korea

August 2005
Republic of Korea

Cuningham Group opens office in Seoul, Korea, expanding its themed destination work in Asia.

Lotte World

July 2007
Lotte World

Lotte World, located in Seoul, Korea, is the world’s largest indoor theme park. It opens after a multi-million-dollar renewal project led by Cuningham Group.

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Arkansas House of Prayer

February 2008
Arkansas House of Prayer

A meditative space designed to blend into the surrounding natural area.

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Themed Entertainment Sustainability Summit®

April 2008
Themed Entertainment Sustainability Summit®

Hosts the inaugural TESS® event (Themed Entertainment Sustainability Summit).

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40th Anniversary

July 2008
40th Anniversary

Celebrates 40th anniversary by holding a Habitat for Humanity “Brush with Kindness” event.

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Lompoc Valley Medical Center

January 2010
Lompoc Valley Medical Center

Cuningham Group was hired to build a replacement hospital and challenged with balancing the needs of the hospital against rising construction costs while maintaining a high level of quality.

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Gold Nugget Award of Merit

July 2012
Gold Nugget Award of Merit

The Avenue in Hollywood, California, receives a Gold Nugget Award of Merit.

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Alpensia Resort, Site of 2018 Winter Olympics

August 2012
Alpensia Resort, Site of 2018 Winter Olympics

Cuningham Group is the designer of the home of the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.

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Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center

September 2012
Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center

The patient-centered design offers unique linear accelerator treatment rooms.

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San Diego & Phoenix

February 2013

The firm expands its healthcare market reach with new offices in San Diego and Phoenix.

Firm of the Year

September 2013
Firm of the Year

Awarded Firm of the Year by AIA Minnesota.

Alexandria Area High School

September 2014
Alexandria Area High School

The innovative school was designed in collaboration with the Alexandria community.

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The BOATHOUSE® at Disney Springs

April 2015
The BOATHOUSE® at Disney Springs

The BOATHOUSE® opens at Walt Disney World® Resort in Disney Springs®, Orlando. The highly successful entertainment attraction is one of five restaurants that Cuningham Group has designed on the property.

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First Hotel in Wisconsin to Attain LEED Gold®

April 2015
First Hotel in Wisconsin to Attain LEED Gold®

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is the first casino hotel in Wisconsin to attain LEED® Gold certification.

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Epic’s Deep Space

December 2016
Epic’s Deep Space

Epic Systems’ Deep Space is the world’s largest sub-surface auditorium.

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Northfield at Stapleton

November 2017
Northfield at Stapleton

Designs first affordable apartment project using Denver’s Revolving Affordable Housing Loan Fund.

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Pathways Innovation Center & Roosevelt High School

December 2017
Pathways Innovation Center & Roosevelt High School

Pathways Innovation Center & Roosevelt High School is awarded the Project of Distinction by the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE).

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Cuningham Group Celebrates 50 Years!

October 2018

Uplift 50 Tour

Verona

Our team in Verona, Wisconsin celebrated the firm’s 50th anniversary events by volunteering for Healthy Food for All, packing food for communities in need. Afterwards, the group made its way to the Epic Systems campuses where they toured the company’s headquarters during their annual User Group Meeting. To top off the celebrations, the team gathered together for an exciting tour of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Preservation.

Denver

The Denver office gathered together to celebrate the firm’s 50th Anniversary by volunteering at the Staunton State Park for meadow and trail clean up. The crew spent time picking up trash and picking weeds from the meadow. The clean up was followed by a nice lunch in the park. The following day, festivities continued with a team barbecue equipped with burgers, brats and fun yard games at Washington Park.

Minneapolis

Our Minneapolis office kicked off 50th Anniversary celebrations with a Cuningham Group presentation (“50 Years of Having a Good Time”) put on by John Cuningham followed by an Alumni Beer Hour. The next day, Cuningham Group employees split up into two different volunteer groups, one assembling brand new dressers at Bridging and the other packing food at the Sheridan Story. After an afternoon of volunteering, employees re-convened at the office for food, socializing and karaoke.

Culver City

Our Culver City office celebrated the firm’s 50th anniversary events by volunteering for Health the Bay. They picked up over 150 pounds of trash and 1,500 cigarette butts along the coastline at the Santa Monica Pier. Later, they gathered together to have an afternoon of fun, having a nice picnic-style lunch followed by a friendly yard-game competition.

Phoenix

Our Phoenix office celebrated our 50th anniversary with various fun festivities. The team invited families from Arizona Autism United (AZA) to join them for games, pizza and cartoons. Later, the office took to the ball field to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks take on the Colorado Rockies. Festivities didn’t end there as the group visited the Project Cure Warehouse to see how Pipeline Worldwide and Project C.U.R.E are donating medical equipment and shipping containers to places in Africa struggling to get clean water sources. The group helped pack a shipping container that was later sent to Sister Rosemary’s farm in Uganda. Celebrations were high as John Cuningham presented the last 50 years of Cuningham Group to the office.

BILOXI





On February 4, Biloxi kicked-off its 50th anniversary event by volunteering for Resilience of Coastal Kids (R.O.C.K.), a local non-profit that supports the needs of foster kids in the tri-coastal counties of Mississippi. Cuningham Group Ambassadors and Biloxi staff worked together to build bunk beds to help accommodate the more than 1,500 children in foster care systems. The events continued on Monday when the team celebrated Interdependence Day by participating in a private pottery class at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum. The team ended the fun 50th events by celebrating Marti Gras with plenty of King Cake and Po-boys.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas kicked-off its 50th anniversary events by mentoring at Clark County School District’s magnet school, Southeast Career Technical Academy (SECTA), as part of an effort to help high school students with their design solutions projects for an AIA Las Vegas sponsored competition. Later, the team volunteered at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, helping paint the Men’s Day Shelter with the help of Dunn Edwards and the Korte Construction.

Events continued the following day with an office photo scavenger hunt at the Linq Promenade Las Vegas. Employees divided into teams to conquer the lengthy scavenger hunt list. After completing the scavenger hunt, the group migrated to Jake & Eli’s at the Westin, recently designed by Cuningham Group, to enjoy happy hour. The team ended the fun 50th events by enjoying an office potluck as John Cuningham presented about the evolution of Cuningham Group from his perspective.

 

 

 

San Diego

In January, the San Diego Office, Uplift 50 Travel Ambassadors and guests kicked off Cuningham Group’s series of “Days of Giving.” The team volunteered during the lunch shift at Father Joe’s Saint Vincent de Paul Village by preparing, scoping, filling, serving, running, busing, and cleaning.

Father Joe’s began 65 years ago and has grown to become San Diego’s largest homeless services provider providing 3,000 meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner – to individuals and families. The Village is a short walk from our office and many of today’s volunteers made that short walk. Of course for our visitors from Minneapolis, our sunny Southern Californian “winter” served as a welcome respite from the cold.

We also celebrated the firm’s Interdependence Day by flying yellow Cuningham Group kites at Centennial Park on Coronado Island, overlooking beautiful San Diego.