McCulley Design Lab


About Us

John McCulley has played a multidisciplinary role in the development of strategic planning and design since 1974 for such clients as Amoco Oil Corporation, Amtrak, Bank One, Bank of America, Burnham Real Estate, California Bank & Trust, Cox Communications, DC ShoesUSA, Four Seasons Resorts, Hewlett-Packard, Hilton, Jack in the Box, Office Pavilion, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, Time Warner, and Rob Wellington Quigley FAIA.

John founded McCulley Design in 1988 with the vision to integrate the disciplines of interior, product and graphic design into a strategic resource for progressive clients.

Previously,Previously, he established and directed the award winning Retail Environments Resource at Fitch+RichardsonSmith, an international design and marketing firm with offices in London, Columbus and Boston.

As a professor of design McCulley received a variety of research and academic awards while teaching product design, graphic design and environmental design at The Ohio State University, Montana State University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

McCulley has received national and international awards of recognition for excellence in design from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Columbus Society of Communicating Arts (CSCA), International Design (ID) Magazine Annual Review, the Institute of Business Designers (IBD), Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), San Diego Communicating Arts (SDCA), and the Society of Environmental Graphic Designers (SEGD).

His designs have appeared in such prominent publications as American Banking Association Journal, Architecture, Architectural Record, The Architectural Review, The Architecture of Stations and Terminals, Computers in Banking, Contract Magazine, Designing Corporate Identity, Identity, ID Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Progressive Architecture, TIME, VM+SD, and Visual Merchandising 3.

McCulley holds both a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. He is a Professional member of The Design Management Institute; the Industrial Designers Society of America, the Society for Environmental Graphic Designers, and San Diego Economic Development Corporation. He is a guest lecturer in the Design Department at California State University Long Beach.

John has served on the Board of Directors for the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, Downtown San Diego Partnership, Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, and City of Del Mar's Design Review Board, where he was Chairperson the last 2 years of his term. Currently, he is on the Board of Directors for the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society and Del Mar TV Foundation.


  • SEGD


  • Amtrak
  • Office Pavilion
  • Jack in the Box
  • La Jolla Playhouse
  • Hewlett Packard
  • City of Del Mar
  • California Bank & Trust
  • The America's Cup
  • DC ShoesUSA
  • Muttropolis
  • Four Seasons Resorts
  • Sanford-Burnham Medical Research
  • Time Warner



McCulley Design Lab


  • Interior Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Branding

Main Office

224 South Cedros Avenue
Studio A
Solana Beach, CA 92075
United States


John McCulley
phone: 8587561807
Website: Company Website

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