Celebrating the Life of Founding Principal Judy Cunningham


July 4, 1953 – September 2, 2021

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Judy Cunningham.

Judy was a founding Principal of MESA Design Group where she served until her retirement in 2012. She is best known for her artistic and creative interior landscape displays at NorthPark Center in Dallas and numerous retail centers throughout the United States. Her award-winning work has been recognized in publications such as 21st Century Retail Centers, Landscape Architecture Magazine, and Architype Review for her creative interior and exterior planting displays. Judy was a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) for over 30 years and served on the CenterBuild Committee for many years.

Judy was passionate about her work and the firm’s success and sacrificed much of her personal time traveling nationally and internationally. She made the road her home while traveling for projects and forged life-long friendships with her clients and fellow consultants. They became her true friends as she melded into their families.

Upon retirement, Judy made her permanent home in Jemez Springs, New Mexico, where she fell in love with the regional landscape, culture, and casual lifestyle which contrasted her intense professional life and career. She embraced the community with open arms and often helped those in need.  Those who were fortunate to have known Judy knew her to be creative, fun, friendly, quirky, and down to earth. Judy’s energy and passion still influence our office in many ways today. She will be greatly missed by those who knew her.