I have attempted architecture of clarity and rigor. My approach to design is more intuitive than intellectual. The process is begun by seizing one catalyst, which can simply be a distinctive feature of the site, or be as complex as an extraordinary desire of the client. The response to this catalyst is triggered by instinct and the design is realized by collaborating with spirit and motion.

The concepts of spirituality and motion are integral to my work. I try to tap into the psyche with unexpected manipulations of form and light, which are intended to be as sculptural as they are architectural. Natural light is a crucial element in my designs and is used to define, fragment, and animate space. The environment is a primary source of inspiration and a driving force as well.

Nature is not static, nor should be the efforts of man. Dealing with spaces as solids in a design causes the building to become extremely confined, static, and without spirit. Open up a structure to sky, landscape, and view, and the building becomes alive. Create unconfined space and your soul will have a place to go.


Wallace E. Cunningham, Inc., is a full service design-oriented firm in San Diego providing architectural, landscape, and interior design services. Since its founding in 1979, the firm has gained international recognition as a leader in architectural design. Wallace E. Cunningham, Inc., strives to create architecture that celebrates place, communicates purpose, elicits emotion, and generates a timeless image.

Wallace E. Cunningham, Inc., is comprised of nine dedicated design professionals plus support staff. The firm employs a team approach, taking advantage of the varied experience and skills of all team members for maximum benefit to the project.


Wallace Cunningham

President, Principal Designer

Wallace was born in Western Pennsylvania and spent his youth in Buffalo, New York, where he attended Huchinson Central Technical High School for Architecture. Wallace then attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and went on to study at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. He started his architecture practice in 1978. He received a design award in 2003 from the International Academy of Architecture. In 2004 and 2007 he was named one of the Top 100 Designers by Architectural Digest, and in 2007 was named one of the Top 30 Designers by Robb Report.


Matthew Burr

Vice President, Principal Architect

Geoffrey Uhl

Project Manager

Carol Carlson

Office Manager