Cunningham was placed in the "Top 100 Designer" list of Architectural Digest in 2004, 2007, and 2010, and the "Top 30 designers" by Robb Report in 2007. He received an award from the International Academy of Architecture in 2003, and was named an honorary professor by them in 2009. He received a Star of Design Award for Architecture from the Pacific Design Center in 2010. He became a board member of the Taliesin Fellows in 1995, and was their second vice president following Eric Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright’s grandson.
While most of his works are located in southern California, he also designed houses in Arizona, Illinois, Nebraska, and Mexico. La Jolla’s Razor Bluff house was featured in commercials for Visa Black Card and Calvin Klein.
In 2006, Yale University Press published Joseph Giovannini’s Materializing the Immaterial: The Architecture of Wallace Cunningham. His work was discussed in Dirk Sutro in West Coast Wave: New California Houses.
Cunningham and his works have been discussed also in Architectural Digest, San Diego Union Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Robb Report, San Diego Magazine, San Diego Business Journal, and Journal of Taliesin Fellows.