The AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award is given to individuals who, in an early stage of their architecture career, have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession and the community at large.

The Young Architects Award recognizes architectural talent in the following categories: 

Design Excellence through the creation of buildings and environments that enhance our built communities;
Practice through leadership, management and/or specialized technical expertise;
Education through teaching publications and/or research; and
Service through exemplary architecture service and contributions to the profession and 

Submissions should demonstrate outstanding architecture accomplishments, leadership qualities and significant contributions to the community at large.


AIA Minnesota members who have been licensed to practice architecture for less than 10 years and are currently licensed in Minnesota. (NOTE: The term "young architect" does not reference the candidate's age; it references years of professional experience.)

Selection Criteria

Submissions will be juried by professionals within the architecture industry and academic arena.


Candidates must be nominated by another registered AIA member. Nominations should take the form of a one-page letter that clearly states the candidate's qualifications for receiving this award. Submissions are completed using the AwardForce system.

Nomination Submission Requirements

  • Nomination letter (maximum one page) submitted by a registered AIA member on the candidate's behalf that clearly states the candidate’s qualifications for the award.
  • Candidate biography including a 25- to 35-word summary statement and a list of offices, positions, honors, publications, and presentations that relate to the purpose of the award (maximum two pages)
  • Statement of contributions including a personal narrative illustrating how the candidate's work has advanced design, practice, or education; enhanced the profession through active engagement; and benefited the community with volunteer efforts (maximum two pages)
  • Exhibits with images, drawings, and other materials that demonstrate the candidate's accomplishments (maximum 15 pages). For each exhibit, the candidate should note his or her level of responsibility for the work:
    • Largely responsible for the design
    • Member of the design team
    • Candidate's firm executed the design
    • Project architect
    • Other (explain)
  • Five letters of support (maximum one page each; nomination letter does NOT count as a letter of support), written on company letterhead and signed, that are explicit in their recommendation and contain specific reasons supporting the candidate's nomination


If you have any questions or concerns related to the AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award process, please contact Chris Hudson, at, or 612-338-6763.

2016 Young Architects Award Winners

Jonathan Bartling_5x7Jonathan B. Bartling, AIA, is an Associate Vice President at HGA Architects & Engineers (HGA). As the National Director of Digital Practice, he specializes in guiding BIM, Computation, Visualization, and Fabrication across HGA’s eight offices. His work enables the delivery of high performance buildings, greater value to the client, enhanced team integration, and design excellence.

Angela-Wolf-Scott_5x7Angela Wolf Scott, AIA, is a Partner and Principal with MacDonald & Mack Architects. Her insight, creativity, knowledge, professionalism, and passion, exemplify the profession of architecture. She is highly deserving of this honor because of her dedication to her work, profession, students, and clients.

Chris-Strom5x7Christopher Strom, AIA, is an architect who owns his own firm, Christopher Strom Architects. He has demonstrated a singular commitment to the advancement of the profession of architecture through community and professional service that sets him apart from other designers.

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2015 Young Architects Award Recipients

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Past Young Architects Award Recipients

Download a list of past AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award recipients.

AIA National Young Architects Award

In addition to the AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award, recipients of this award are encouraged to submit for the AIA National Young Architects Award. To date, 18 AIA Minnesota architects have received an AIA National Young Architects Award, including: Vicki L. Hooper, AIA, and Joan M. Soranno, AIA, both 1993; William A. Blanski, AIA, 1995; Michael Fischer, AIA, and Robert Rothman, AIA, both 1996; Jeffry Kagermeier, AIA, 2001; Mohammed Lawal, AIA, 2002; Paul Neuhaus, AIA, 2003; Janis LaDouceur, AIA, 2004; James Dayton, AIA, 2005; Philip Koski, AIA, 2007; Michael Meehan, AIA, 2008; Matthew Kreilich, AIA, and Michael Schellin, AIA, both 2009; Steven Dwyer, AIA, 2011; Timothy Bicknell, AIA, 2012; and John Dwyer, AIA, and Alissa D. Luepke Pier, AIA, both 2013; Bob Ganser, AIA, Karen Lu, AIA, and Amy Kalar, AIA, all 2016. For more information about the national AIA Young Architect Award, visit AIA Young Architects Award.