Our Story

Imagine. Create. Improve.

Our mission: to invent a better way of living. Founded in 1938 by two architects with a shared passion for ingenuity, diversity, and empathy, Cushing Terrell empowers creative designers to discover imaginative, responsible first-of-their-kind environments. By integrating architecture, engineering, and design, our knowledge-hungry design process opens doors for transformative thought and enhanced creativity.

We design systems and spaces that help people live their best lives, achieve their visions, and enjoy healthy, sustainable built environments. We find joy in uncovering thoughtful solutions for the people who work here, the people we work for, and the planet as a whole. Our broad range of specialized service offerings and global project locations make every day unique, and a love for exploring new frontiers is what keeps the pioneering spirit of our practice alive.

What We Do

Emphasizing active listening and collaborative exploration to guide you through the design process, from ideation to occupancy.

Analyses of energy use to optimize consumption and production to meet financial and sustainability goals.

Engineering

Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Refrigeration, Structural, and more. We have a full complement of engineering specializations.

Enhancing the human experience through environmental graphics, branding, interactive media, and dynamic wayfinding.

Concentrated efforts to ensure stability while retaining significant, historic, character.

User-focused planning process paired with curated design to create unique spaces supporting the indoor human experience.

Design solutions that reinforce and enhance connections between built and natural environments.

Utilizing sound growth principles and superior design communication to craft aspirational community plans for cities and counties.

Markets We Serve

Commercial design for this mid-rise tower, the Eighth & Main Building, in downtown Boise, Idaho

Commercial

We aim to inspire interaction, motivation, and team member satisfaction in every commercial environment -- from corporate offices to financial institutions, corporate developments, industrial spaces, community centers and more.

Education design (school library) for Bigfork High School in Bigfork, Montana

Education

We are convinced of and inspired by the inherent connections between the schools we design and the people who teach and learn within their walls. Our educational design encourages student flexibility, collaboration, and active learning.

Government design for Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Education Center in Soldotna, Alaska

Government

Our diverse governmental team provides a wide range of professional services -- including planning, budgeting, documentation, analysis, and design -- to the full spectrum of public agencies at the local, state, and national levels.

Healthcare design of patient rooms at Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana

Healthcare

Improving the lives of patients and caregivers is paramount. We reimagine healing environments to provide inspirational designs emphasizing sustainability and wellness, and to deliver service allowing our clients to focus on their patients.

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Infrastructure

We specialize in renewable energy generation, microgrids, land development, bridge design, and water and wastewater design. Our goal is to provide cost-effective, efficient, and technically advanced solutions.

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Multi-Family + Mixed-Use

Increasingly the way we live and interact with each other is evolving within our urban environments. Mixed-use developments bring vibrancy and expressiveness to the neighborhoods in which they reside.

Design of a breathtaking custom home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Residential

No matter the size, shape, or unique functionality, we believe residential design is about realizing clients' dreams while ensuring final products mesh with their surroundings and perform at the highest levels.

Retail design for Metropolitan Market in Sammamish, Washington

Retail

Facilitating relationships by encouraging shared experiences, we design through the study of human behaviors and observing the way people use social spaces. We believe in the power of retail in its many forms to bring people together.

Sustainable Practice

As part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, Cushing Terrell invests in Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for 100% of our operational power needs — accounting for all 13 of our offices and every remote team member. We walk the walk, and thrive on opportunities to challenge convention.

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