The Special Award is an award category that has become an increasingly important part of the overall awards program. AIA Minnesota finds there is a strong need to encourage, stimulate, and recognize exceptional contributions of individuals and organizations that operate outside of the field of architecture who improve the quality of our physical environment.

2016 Special Awards

Award submissions are now closed.

The Special Award encourages, stimulates, and recognizes the exceptional contributions of individuals and organizations that are outside of the architectural profession; contributions that help architects improve the quality of our physical environment.

Eligibility

The person making the nomination must be a current AIA Minnesota member. The person being nominated for the award does not need to be an AIA member.

Submission Requirements

As part of the submission, the nominator is to write a letter of nomination highlighting the nominee’s contributions and achievements; extraordinary achievements that may be cited within the submission that warrant this special recognition. Note: Nomination letters should be third party and may not be from an individual that is within the nominee’s organization, with the exception of non-profit organizations and public entities. Submissions should include at least two letters of recommendation (in addition to the nomination letter) and additional imagery and/or articles to illustrate the nominee’s contributions and achievements.

2015 Special Award Recipients

(Pictured above top to bottom; left to right)
Paul Crosby, architectural photographer, Crosby Photography
Roger Cummings, visual artist, Juxtaposition Arts
Doreen Frost, executive director, Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID
Leon Satkowski, professor emeritus, School of Architecture, University of Minnesota
Lorelee Wederstrom, director of facilities and capital planning, University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center
Stephen Weeks, AIA, associate professor emeritus, School of Architecture, University of Minnesota

Download the press release.

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Past Special Award Recipients

Download a list of past Special Award recipients.