2017 Call for Entries

This annual award is bestowed by AIA Minnesota, in partnership with Midwest Home magazine, upon a residential architect who has demonstrated a mastery of architecture through design, craft, and materials, and who has made significant contributions to the advancement of residential design.

The award recipient receives a citation and is profiled in an article published in the April/May 2017 issue of Midwest Home magazine. In addition, a gift will be made in the name of the recipient to the College of Design at the University of Minnesota to be used for scholarship purposes. The citation is presented during an awards program recognizing the Architect of Distinction and the Emerging Talent of the Year award recipients.

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Entry Fee

$60 per entry. Payment can be made at the conclusion of the online submission process via credit card.


AIA Minnesota members who are in good standing and have been licensed to practice architecture for at least 15 years by the submission deadline are eligible.

Submission Details

A candidate may self-submit or any current AIA member may nominate another individual.

In all cases, a 300-word description of the candidate’s unique design philosophy and approach to architecture must be provided, along with examples of five built, single-family residential projects that illustrate the candidate’s design philosophy and a 100-word description of each project. At least one project must have been completed within the last five years. Candidates must have designed each of the submitted projects as owner or partner of a firm.

For candidates nominated by a colleague or professional peer, a letter of nomination is also required.

All materials must be submitted using AIA Minnesota’s online awards platform by the entry deadline of Monday, February 6, 2017 by 5:00 pm CDT.

Submissions must remain anonymous; no mention of the candidate’s name or firm may appear in images, descriptions, or supporting materials. Jurors will not be able to see candidate's name or personal information during the review process.


Chris Lee, editor of Midwest Home magazine
Bob Ganser, AIA, MSR Design
Mark Larson, AIA, Rehkamp Larson Architects
Andrea Johnson, AIA, University of Minnesota School of Architecture

All submissions will be considered and reviewed via a blind jury process that is monitored by an AIA Minnesota staff member. Each juror’s opinions will carry equal weight in the process.

Past Recipients

2016 Mark Larson, AIA
2015 Dale Mulfinger, FAIA
2014 Katherine Hillbrand, AIA
2013 Rosemary McMonigal, FAIA
2012 Sarah Nettleton, AIA
2011 Julie Snow, FAIA
2010 Tom Ellison, AIA
2009 Tim Alt, AIA
2008 Dan Nepp, AIA
2007 Tom Meyer, FAIA
2006 Kelly Davis, AIA
2005 Charles Stinson, AIA
2004 David Salmela, FAIA 

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