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Denver-based firm expands resources and capacity.

Cuningham Group’s presence in Rocky Mountain West strengthens. 

MINNEAPOLIS––International design firm Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. (Cuningham Group®) has announced that Hutton Architecture Studio, a Denver-based studio specializing in sustainably designed environments for learning and worship, will be joining their organization. The combination of these two firms is a natural fit, as both Cuningham Group and Hutton Architecture Studio focus on complementary project types and are leading firms committed to sustainability.  The addition of Hutton Architecture Studio provides a fifth location for Cuningham Group’s offices nationally.

“In joining forces with Hutton Architecture Studio, Cuningham Group will grow its presence in the realms of educational facilities and houses of worship particularly in the Rocky Mountain West,” said Timothy Dufault, AIA, LEED® A.P. President and CEO of Cuningham Group. “Hutton Architecture Studio brings tremendous expertise in sustainable design as well – synergizing perfectly with Cuningham Group’s core values,” said Dufault.

The merging of these two firms is the direct result of Tim Dufault’s and Paul Hutton’s work on the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education (AIA CAE) over the past four years, in addition to a collaboration on the design of “Classrooms for the Year 2025” for a local Denver area school district, designed for when today’s first graders graduate.  Cuningham Group and Hutton Architecture Studio also worked together as the design charrette lead and sustainable design lead respectively on a new elementary school in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

“We are thrilled to be joining such a successful and highly regarded firm,” said Paul Hutton, AIA, LEED® BD+C. “This exciting new relationship will foster innovative ideas, lead to groundbreaking projects, and most importantly continue our collaborative leadership in progressive design for our clients,” Hutton said.

Recognized as an innovator in daylighting and sustainable design, Hutton’s projects focus on the use of recycled and environmentally friendly materials while creating low-maintenance environments perfectly suited for a client’s needs. This includes the firm’s recent role implementing the State of Colorado Governor’s Energy Office High Performance Building Program as well as moderating the AIA +2030 Professional Series in Denver. The Denver office will continue to provide leadership in all phases of architectural design including site selection, master planning, programming, interior design, and sustainable design to a wide variety of clients throughout Denver and the Rocky Mountain West.

Cuningham Group is a champion of sustainable design and instills this consciousness throughout the entire organization. Cuningham Group developed criteria to evaluate the overall success of projects based upon a “Triple Bottom Line” sustainability business model of “People, Profit, and Planet.” This approach best serves clients who seek high-quality architectural design that inspires people while making optimum use of resources and for those who seek a design process that respects, articulates, and fulfills their values and goals.

“Our collaborative venture with Hutton Architecture Studio will allow us to continue our leadership in sustainability,” Dufault said. “We are also excited by the opportunity to build on Hutton’s educational design experience to continue our initiative in designing engaging learning environments,” he said.

About Cuningham Group

Cuningham Group® transcends tradition with architecture, interior design, urban design and planning services for a diverse mix of client and project types.  The firm’s client-centered, collaborative approach incorporates trend-setting architecture and environmental responsiveness to create projects that weave seamlessly into the urban fabric. Consistently recognized as a leader in a variety of markets, Cuningham Group has grown to over 240 employees with offices in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Biloxi, Denver, Seoul and Beijing. For more information, please visit


Rafters:  the wooden structural support beams for a roof, sometimes visible on the exterior for certain building types and styles.

  • A rafter is one of a series of sloped structural members (beams) that extend from the ridge or hip to the wall-plate, downslope perimeter or eave, and that are designed to support the roof deck and its associated loads.
  • Not to be confused with:
    • a person who engages in the sport or pastime of rafting.
    • a flock, especially of turkeys.

Valley:  A valley is point in a roof where rafters of different angles come together.

Valley Rafter: a rafter that is attached to the ridge at the top and the valley at the bottom.

  • A part of the roof frame that extends diagonally from an inside corner plate to the ridge board at the intersection of two roof surfaces.
  • In a roof framing system, the rafter in the line of the Valley; connects the ridge to the wall plate along the meeting line of two inclined sides of a roof which are perpendicular to each other.

Truncated: cut off or cut short, usually in reference to a roof.

  • To shorten by cutting off a part; cut short.
  • A gable roof or hipped roof whose top has been cut off, forming a flat horizontal surface.

Truss:  A structural framework of wood or metal, esp one arranged in triangles, used to support a roof, bridge, etc.

  • Any of various structural frames constructed on principles other than the geometric rigidity of the triangle or deriving stability from other factors, as the rigidity of joints, the abutment of masonry, or the stiffness of beams.
  • In architecture and structural engineering, a truss is a structure comprising one or more triangular units constructed with straight members whose ends are connected at joints referred to as nodes. External forces and reactions to those forces are considered to act only at the nodes and result in forces in the members which are either tensile or compressive forces. Moments (torques) are explicitly excluded because, and only because, all the joints in a truss are treated as revolutes.

Truss Plan: A truss plan will show every truss that will make up a roof system. Each truss will be numbered and will be shown on shop drawing with dimensions and specifications.

Revolute Joint (also called pin joint or hinge joint):  is a one degree of freedom kinematic pair used in mechanisms.  Revolute joints provide single-axis rotation function used in many places such as door hinges, folding mechanisms, and other uni-axial rotation devices.