The Special Award 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.
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.
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.
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.
The deadline for 2017 Special Award submissions has passed.
2016 Special Award Recipients
Lee Anderson, retired Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Architecture, University of Minnesota
Lance LaVine, Professor Emeritus, School of Architecture, University of Minnesota
Janet Streff, retired, State Energy Office, Minnesota Department of Commerce
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Past Special Award Recipients
Download a list of past Special Award recipients.