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David Cunningham

David Cunningham AIA NCARB

Position

Director

Education

Bachelor of Architecture,
Rice University
Bachelor of Arts,
Rice University

David Cunningham AIA NCARB

Since joining KPF in 2000, David Cunningham has worked on a variety of building types in the United States, Asia, and the Middle East, with a focus on large mixed-use and transportation facilities.

Currently, David is working on various aspects of Hudson Yards on Manhattan’s West Side, the largest private real estate development in U.S. history at 13.4 million square feet. Starting in 2011, he has been involved with the design development of both 10 and 30 Hudson Yards, two mixed-use, super-tall towers to rise more than 1,250 feet on the city skyline. His primary focus since 2012 has been on the design and construction of the masterplan’s Retail Podium, which will offer 1.1 million square feet of retail space and connection between the two KPF-designed towers. 

David’s aviation experience at KPF began with the 4 million square foot Washington Dulles International Airport in 2003, where he oversaw schematic design and construction administration of the Concourse C station for the airport’s new Aerotrain System. Concurrently, he worked on the planning and design development of the airport’s Tier 2, as well as the design and construction of its Connector Tunnel.

His domestic transportation work led to several years managing two large international projects. From KPF’s Abu Dhabi and London offices in 2009, he acted as Deputy Project Manager for the Abu Dhabi International Airport, interfacing with the client group and technical disciplines on all aspects of the project, with particular emphasis on ensuring constructability during the peer review process. In 2011, he acted as both the client liaison and Project Manager for the concept design of Aerospace City Qatar, a proposed international airport and training facility 40 kilometers north of Doha. The same year, he assumed the role of Project Manager for several design packages for Incheon Airport in South Korea, executing conceptual and design development for its Airport Administration Building, second Ramp Control Tower, and several checkpoint facilities.

Past design and construction experience includes the Mohegan Sun Phase II expansion in Uncasville, Connecticut, where he acted as Site Architect through completion in 2002, and the 2005 schemtatic design and design development of the 34-story Azia Center tower in Shanghai, China, which included retail, below-grade parking, trading floors, and twenty-five floors of office space.

David Cunningham is a Registered Architect in New York State, holds the NCARB certificate, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).