2017 Call for Entries

In partnership with Midwest Home magazine, this award is given annually to an emerging residential architect who demonstrates an innovative approach to design, the emergence of a unique architectural voice, and a developing mastery of architecture.

The recipient is profiled in the April/May issue of Midwest Home magazine and honored at an awards program recognizing the Emerging Talent of the Year and Architect of Distinction award recipients.

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Download the Call for Entries (PDF)

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 10 or fewer years by the submission deadline are eligible.

Submission Details

A candidate may self-submit or any current AIA member may nominate another eligible 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 three built, single-family residential projects that illustrate the candidate’s design philosophy and a 100-word description of each project. Candidates must have worked as principal or lead designer responsible for the majority of the work on all three submitted projects. If the candidate was not a principal or owner of the firm during work on any of the submitted projects, a Declaration of Authorship must be completed and submitted.

Download the Declaration of Authorship Form (PDF)

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. Candidate's name and personal information will not be visible to jurors 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 Bob Ganser, AIA
2015   Michael Roehr, AIA
2014   Christopher Strom, AIA
2013   Ben Awes, AIA
2012   Bryan Anderson, AIA
2011   Meghan Kell Cornell, AIA
2010   Christian Dean, AIA
2009   Kerrik Wessel, AIA
2008   Todd Hansen, AIA
2007   Geoffrey Warner, AIA
2006   Jean Rehkamp Larson, AIA
2005   Christine Albertsson, AIA
2004   Wynne Yelland, AIA

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