Beautiful Places, Balanced World

Cuningham Group Architecture

Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. exists to create beautiful places for a balanced world. Simple and eloquent, the statement of the company’s principals and designers embodies their passion for design and its impact on their clients, communities and the world. Their “Beautiful Places, Balanced World” approach to the business and practice of architecture is one they’ve nurtured for more than four decades.
Founded in 1968, the multi-disciplinary design firm provides architecture, interior design, urban design and landscape architecture services for a diverse mix of client and project types, with significant focus over the past 20 years on gaming and entertainment. Bolstered by a staff of 235 and offices in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Biloxi, Seoul and Beijing, Cuningham Group has expanded services and markets to meet a growing demand from some of entertainment’s largest and most respected clients.
The company’s portfolio includes casinos, hotels, theaters, convention centers, restaurants, retail venues, master plans and support facilities for gaming and resort destinations throughout the U.S. and around the world.
Cuningham Group’s top priorities are design excellence through a client-centered, collaborative approach they call “Every Building Tells a Story,” and development of green solutions. This philosophy toward gaming design emphasizes one-of-a-kind solutions—creating experiences and a sense of place by telling stories through a modern interpretation of metaphors that reflect the vision of the client and the character of each property and site. This process benefits clients by providing unique environments that differentiate them from the competition.
In addition, the company has developed criteria to evaluate all projects based on a “Triple Bottom Line” sustainability business model of “People, Profit and Planet.” Cuningham Group believes for any project to be sustainable, it must also be profitable to their client.
Recent and significant projects include the expansion and renovation of Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi; the first stand-alone Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant in Biloxi; the dramatic rebranding of the Trump Marina into the luxurious and exciting Golden Nugget Atlantic City; and the $650 million transformation of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel in North Carolina into a sophisticated, world-class mountain resort.
Cuningham Group is consistently ranked among top firms in publications such as Building Design + Construction and Engineering News Record, and its design work has been honored with more than 135 industry and market awards, including HOSPY Awards for Best Hotel, Best Lobby and Best Suites.
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