Every good story starts with a call to adventure. Lonnie Peterson grew up on a farm in Nebraska, learning the value of hard work and determination. As he grew older, he felt the calling from a different kind of field, the field of architecture. When he first arrived in Lincoln to attend architecture school at the University of Nebraska, he had never seen an escalator or a building more than three stories. After graduating, his career took him all the way to the bustling city of Ottawa, Canada, where he met his mentor, Ed Cuhaci. In 1978, Ed sent Lonnie to open an architectural office in sunny Orlando, Florida, and those lessons in perseverance from his early days on the farm began to yield results.
With hustle and hard work, Cuhaci Peterson built its reputation as a trusted partner in the grocery and retail sectors. Soon it became known as one of the go-to architecture firms in the state. When asked about his secret to success, Lonnie would often say, “finding the right people makes all the difference in the world.” Thanks to those difference makers, what started as a one-man operation has grown into a nationally recognized, professional-services firm providing end-to-end solutions. Today a new generation is writing the story from offices in Orlando, Maitland, Philadelphia, Boston and Phoenix. Five offices, one firm. Rooted in the values of a simple farm boy.