Committee on Design
- 2013 Firm Award recipient is Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. (Cuningham Group®) Photo credit: Ryan Siemers
- Paul Mellblom, AIA, MSR, 2013 Louis Lundgren Award Recipient
AIA Minnesota 2013 25-Year Award recipient: Land O' Lakes Corporate Headquarters, designed by Architectural Alliance.
Photo credit: Rick Schuster
To find more information on all our Awards scroll down on this page.
Chair: Jeff Mandyck, AIA
AIA Staff Liaison: Mary Larkin
Meeting Date: The Committee on Design meets on the second Thursday of the month at noon at the AIA Minnesota office.
2013 AIA Minnesota Award Deadlines
For more information or to download the submission forms for these award programs - scroll down the page.
2013 Firm Award
The American Institute of Architects Minnesota (AIA Minnesota) is pleased to recognize Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. (Cuningham Group®) with its 2013 Firm Award. Given biennially, this prestigious award recognizes firms that have contributed to the advancement of the profession in the areas of technology, service, and design. Cuningham Group will be honored at the AIA Minnesota Awards Celebration on December 6, 2013, at McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Photo: Ryan Siemers
Click here to download the press release.
Gold Medal & Firm Award:
If you have an individual for the 2014 Gold Medal or an architecture firm to nominate for the 2015 Firm Award or, please contact Beverly Hauschild-Baron.
An Evening of Celebration
AIA Minnesota Firm Award Presentation
2013 AIA Minnesota Awards Celebration Friday, December 6, 2013 McNamara Alumni Center University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Each year AIA Minnesota is pleased to recognize outstanding individuals, firms, partners, and projects at the AIA Minnesota Annual Awards Celebration. Plan to join your professional community at this Awards Celebration, to include dinner and presentations, to honor the accomplishments of your fellow members and industry partners.
Click here to download the registration form.
2013 Honor Awards
The jury recruited for this competition has national and international credibility, giving the award-winning architects and the public an idea of the caliber of work created by Minnesota architects and how they rate on a worldwide scale. Click here to download the 2013 Press Release.
The following are the nine 2013 Honor Awards recipients:
1) U.S. Land Port of Entry, Julie Snow Architects, Inc. - design architect in collaboration with Robert Siegel Architects
2) Macalester College, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, HGA Architects & Engineers
3) Drexel University College of Media Arts & Design URRN Center, MSR
4) Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity, MSR
5) Target Plaza Commons, Julie Snow Architects, Inc. and Ryan A & E, Inc.
6) Union Depot Multi-Modal Transit & Transportation Hub, HGA Architects & Engineers
7) Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial, Leo A Daly
8) Hall House, Salmela Architect
9) School of Architecture, University of Minnesota College of Design, Centennial Chromagraph, Variable Projects
2013 Honor Award Submissions were due September 27, 2013
Click here to download the 2013 Honor Award Submission Entry Form.
Click here to download the 2013 Project Credit Form (PCF).
Click here to download Tips for submitting. Questions? Contact Mary Larkin.
2012 Honor Awards Click here to download the 2012 Honor Awards Recipient press release. Click here to view the slideshow on Star Tribune.
Click here to See 2011 Honor Award winners
Louis Lundgren Award
The 2013 Louis Lundren Award recipient is Paul C. N. Mellblom, AIA, principal at MSR Minneapolis. Click here to download the press release.
AIA Minnesota seeks to encourage and recognize outstanding individual volunteerism. Volunteering is a member's purest means of giving something back to the profession and community. The individual should exemplify unfailing commitment to the goals of AIA Minnesota, foster the advancement of the Institute at a national or regional level, and be a leader to the public. Any member of AIA Minnesota may nominate candidates providing the candidate is a member of AIA Minnesota for a period of not less than ten years and a member in good standing at the time of nomination. Emeritus members and self-nominations are eligible. Questions? Contact Mary Larkin.
Click here to download the 2013 Louis Lundgren Award Submission Form.
2012 Louis Lundgren Award Recipient: Douglas D. Pierce, AIA, Perkins & Will.
Click here to download the release.
2011 Louis Lundgren Award recipient: Doug Westby, AIA, Read more here.
View previous Louis Lundgren Award winners.
The Special Award is an award category that has become an increasingly important part of the Awards Program. AIA Minnesota has found that there is a strong need to encourage, stimulate, and recognize exceptional contributions of individuals and organizations who are improving the quality of our physical environment.
2013 Special Awards recipients are (pictured top to bottom/l to r) the Building Restoration Corporation; Tony Mancuso, St. Louis County Property Management; Charlene Roise, Hess Roise & Company; Katherine Solomonson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, School of Architecture; and Lucy Thompson, City Saint Paul
Click here for the 2013 Special Awards Press Release.
2012 Special Award recipients: Poul Bertelsen, AIA Associate International; J. Drake Hamilton; and Michael Pilla. Click here to download the 2012 press release.
Click here to download the 2012 Special Awards nomination form. Click here to download the 2013 Special Awards Submission form. Questions? Contact Mary Larkin.
2011 Special Award Recipients: Damon Farber and the McKnight Foundation.
Read more here about the 2011 Special Awards.
The 25-Year Award recognizes completed building projects, either individual buildings or groups of buildings, completed at least 25 but not more than 50 years ago. The projects must have been designed by firms with architects registered and practicing professionally in Minnesota. Questions? Contact Mary Larkin.
AIA Minnesota is proud to announce that Land O’ Lakes Corporate Headquarters, designed by Architectural Alliance, is the recipient of the 2013 AIA Minnesota 25-Year Award. Project team members include: Dennis LaFrance, AIA; John Lackens, FAIA, Ron May, Lynda Lujan, David Solomon, Gretchen Wesenberg, Charles Sandvig, Paul Ashley, Rex Crook, Craig Johnson, and Bob Stoltz.
Click here to download the 2013 AIA Minnesota 25-Year Award press release.
Photo credit: Rick Schuster
2013 25-Year Award Submissions were due June 28, 2013. Click here to download the Submission Call for Entry forms and instructions.Click here to download a sample 25_Year Award past award recipient imagebook.
Click here for the 2012 25-Year press release.
View the 2011 25-Year Award Press Release.
View the 2010 25-Year Award Press Release.
2013 Young Architects Award
The AIA Minnesota Young Architect Award is given to individuals who in an early stage of their architectural career have shown exceptional leadership in service to the profession, the community, design, planning, and/or education. Members of the AIA Minnesota, licensed to practice architecture less than 10 years, are eligible for nomination.
2013 Young Architect Award Recipients:(Pictured from L to R) Eric Amel, AIA; Meghan Kell Cornell, AIA; Meredith Hayes Gordon, AIA; Ryan Kronzer, AIA; David O'Brien Wagner, AIA. Click here for the 2013 Young Architect Award Press Release.
Click here for the 2012 Young Architect Awards Press Release.
View the 2011 Young Architects Award Press Release (PDF)
View the 2010 Young Architects Award Press Release (PDF)
2013 Affordable Housing Design Award (AHDA)
AIA Minnesota/McKnight Foundation Announce that LHB, Inc. and Aeon Receive the
2013 Affordable Housing Design Award for the Renaissance Box
At a reception held on Wednesday, May 15, AIA Minnesota and the McKnight Foundation announced that the architectural firm, LHB, Inc., and their community partner, Aeon, received the 2013 Affordable Housing Design Award for the Renaissance Box project located in Saint Paul. Click here to download the press release.
Recognized at the reception was Michael Fischer, AIA, principal, Minneapolis office, LHB, Inc., for the LHB, Inc. team and Alan Arthur, president, Aeon, for the Aeon team. The Renaissance Box project was selected from 10 regional affordable housing design award submissions. The Renaissance Box project team included:
Kim Bretheim, AIA, Project Principle/Lead Designer, LHB, Inc.
Maureen Colburn, AIA, Project Architect, LHB, Inc.
Andrew Madson, AIA, Project Architect, LHB, Inc.
Ben Trousdale, AIA, Project Architect, LHB, Inc.
Roger Purdy, Project Construction Administrator, LHB, Inc.
Gina Ciganik, Vice President of Housing Development, Aeon
Pam Bookhout, Project Manager, Aeon
Frerichs Construction Company – General Contractor
2012 Affordable Housing Design Award
Click here to watch the 2012 AHDA video on Higher Ground!
2012 AHDA recipient was the Higher Ground – Homeless Shelter & Permanent Housing Project, designed by Cermak Rhoades Click here for the 2012 AHDA press release.
AIA Minnesota Gold Medal
The Gold Medal is AIA Minnesota's highest award bestowed on an individual member. It serves as recognition for a lifetime of distinguished achievement and significant contributions to architecture.
The 2012 Gold Medal recipient is Craig Rafferty, FAIA. Rafferty began his professional career in Boston working with Hugh Stubbins and Associates after completing his graduate studies at MIT. In 1974 he received the Rotch Traveling Fellowship, one of a string of several University of Minnesota Architectural graduates to be named for this prize. In addition to working for Ralph Rapson and Associates during his undergraduate studies at the U, he worked for Brown Daltas Architects in Rome after the Rotch Fellowship. He then joined George Rafferty, FAIA, and Dick Rafferty, FAIA, at Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke Architects in 1975 where he has been an integral part of the firm, steadily enhancing, with current partners Lee Tollefson, FAIA, and Chip Lindeke, AIA, the spirit and design conscience of the firm, now celebrating its 50th year.
To download the press release for Rafferty, click here.
The 2010 recipient is Edward Kodet, Jr., FAIA. Kodet founded Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd., in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1983, after 13 years of experience as a firm partner at a previous firm. Kodet’s achievements as an architect and educator along with his service to the profession over his career have proven exemplary and inspirational, noted the jury. Kodet is a member of AIA’s College of Fellows, serving as Chancellor in 2010, and has held numerous national positions within the profession including serving as the AIA North Central States Regional Director, American Architectural Foundation as Regent and the chair of two Gold Medal and Firm Award juries, most recently as the nominator for AIA Gold Medal recipient Santiago Calatrava, FAIA. Kodet’s work at the national level throughout his career would be difficult to mirror, said the jury. It’s clearly inspired by his view of architecture as a passion, avocation and hobby. Kodet summarized, “AIA has always been a forum for me to advocate for the profession how the profession can enhance everyday lives, enrich cities and provide inspiration for society.”
If you have an architect to nominate for 2014, please contact Beverly Hauschild-Baron. Gold Medal nomination process begins in April 2012.
In 2005, AIA Minnesota reorganized the selection process for determining the AIA Minnesota Firm Award and the AIA Minnesota Gold Medal Award. In an effort to involve more members in the process we have created a Selection Committee, to consist of Board Members, Fellows, previous Firm/Gold Medal Award recipients and the Chair of the Awards Committee.
AIA Minnesota Firm Award
Given biennially, the prestigious Firm Award is presented to firms that have contributed to the advancement of the profession in the areas of technology, service, and design.
If you have a firm to nominate for 2013, please contact Beverly Hauschild-Baron.
Firm Award nominations are due April 2013.
AIA Minnesota was pleased to recognize MacDonald and Mack Architects, Ltd. with its 2011 Firm Award. MacDonald and Mack, a Minneapolis firm of eight, has a reputation for meticulous research and rigorous application of preservation standards, meriting numerous awards including: a special new AIA Minnesota preservation category in 1990 for the Purcell Cutts House; the 2001 National Trust for Historic Preservation Award for Redeemer Missionary Baptist Church; the 2004 Honor Award from Preservation Alliance of Minnesota for the Chaska History Center and Saarinen’s Christ Church Lutheran-a National Historic Landmark; and the winner of the AIA 25 Year Award.
See the 2011 Firm Award Press Release (pdf)
Past Award Recipients and Events