Sean Cullen Joins CI Design as Senior Project Designer, continuing to expand its Science & Technology Practice / by ci design

BOSTON and BALTIMORE (April 19, 2019) – Sean P. Cullen has joined CI Design as Senior Project Designer, continuing the international architectural design firm’s rapid expansion of its Science & Technology practice area.

Over more than two decades, Cullen has become renowned for integrating aesthetics with the highly technical design needs of biopharmaceutical facilities, labs and clean rooms, said John Larsen, AIA, NCARB, president of CI Design. Cullen will be based out of the firm’s Boston office.


“Sean has a distinctive knack for bringing warmth and a human element to what could be cold, impersonal facilities,” Larsen said. “This dovetails with our own S&T design philosophy. We’re looking forward to working with him as we extend our already strong and growing specialization.”

Prior to joining CI Design, Cullen was a project designer with boutique biopharma lab/technology design firm TRIA. As the key first hire for the firm, he established its architectural production standards, templates and methods, and worked with clients including Procter & Gamble/Gillette, Entegris, Moderna Therapeutics, Sartorious, Synageva BioPharma and Capital Group Properties. Previously, he served in design roles with Signer Harris Architects (which was acquired by Perkins+Will) and I Design & Associates.

“We are delighted to bring Sean into the CI Design family,” adds Christopher Ladd, AIA, NCARB, CI Design vice president and principal. “In addition to his gifts as a designer, he is known for mentoring younger staff, which will be critical as we continue to grow our S&T practice.”

For more than 25 years, CI Design’s team has offered innovative, sustainable and value-creating design solutions for S&T and other commercial facilities, including wet and dry labs, specialized testing facilities, and control rooms for chemical storage, distribution and treatment. Clients have included Insulet Corp., EMD Millipore, Sigma Millipore, P&G/Gillette, Pfizer, ARRIS and other private and public companies. CI Design is a period of rapid expansion, especially in the S&T practice area, with two principals, Raffe Khazadian and Daniel Madru, joining the practice in recent months.

“I’m excited to to work with extraordinarily gifted design professionals,” Cullen said. “CI is already a leading S&T firm and I am looking forward to being a part of its continued growth.”

Cullen earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Boston Architectural Center, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania.


CI Design is an international architectural design firm offering award-winning planning, architecture and interior design services to a diverse base of clients. For more than 25 years, CI Design has been a recognized leader in Science & Technology, retail and mixed-use project design across the globe.

The CI Design team recently completed the world headquarters and U.S. clean manufacturing facility of Insulet Corporation, and is working on Phase 3 of the development. It continues to provide design support for clients including Millipore, IPG Photonics and Raytheon, as well as various confidential life science projects. The firm is also working on several mixed-use developments including the 4-million-square-foot Metropica in Sunrise, Fla., and the 1.2 million square-foot expansion to North Hills In Raleigh, N.C. 

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