Ralph Cunningham, AIA, BA 1983

*Washington, DC*

Ralph Cunningham is a founding principal of Cunningham | Quill Architects in Washington, DC. He has worked in residential, in-fill mixed-use, institutional and commercial architecture for more than 20 years.

A native of Washington, DC, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Washington University in 1983 and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University in 1986. Prior to founding Cunningham | Quill, in 1996, he was founding principal of Cunningham Architects in Takoma Park, MD; senior associate at Cass & Associates Architects in Washington, DC; and an architect with Beyer Blinder Belle Architects in New York.

Cunningham’s projects have received numerous design awards, including 29 awards from chapters of the American Institute of Architects and two “Best of the Year” awards from Remodeling magazine. Cunningham | Quill’s portfolio of work has received wide-ranging recognition throughout the young firm’s history, and has been featured in a number of local, regional and national publications. Cunningham also has served on numerous juries for local and national publications including the Residential Architect Awards last year.

Cunningham remains actively dedicated to academics and education and has been visiting faculty at both Catholic University and Howard University, as well as a visiting critic at many other schools. He has served the Washington community as president of the Board of Trustees for Georgetown Day School, his alma mater, which was nationally recognized for its work in equity and justice during his tenure. Cunningham is currently a trustee on the Board of The Washington Architectural Foundation.