Left to right: Amy Douma, AIA, and Audrey Jo (Jody) McGuire, AIA

MINNEAPOLIS, July 20, 2017 —Two architects were selected for the 2017 Young Architects Award. This award is given by AIA Minnesota to individuals who, in the early stage of their architecture career, have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession.

The award recognizes architectural talent in the following categories: Design Excellence, Practice, Education and Service. AIA Minnesota members who have been licensed to practice architecture less than 10 years are eligible for nomination.

This year’s winners demonstrated deep commitment to teaching, client service and leadership within their firms.

2017 AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award recipients:

Amy Douma, AIA, is a design principal at HGA Architects & Engineers (HGA). Her masterful designs demonstrate deftness in extraordinarily complex building types, without sacrificing beauty, light and life. An accomplished professional, Douma is an award-winning thought leader in healthcare architecture and dedicates significant resources to mentorship.

Audrey Jo (Jody) McGuire, AIA, is an associate at SALA Architects Inc. McGuire is a passionate and dedicated educator. She is also a talented residential designer with a fine and elegant sensibility in her work, and is noted for her ability to connect with client aspirations and resolve their goals into great architecture that enhances communities.

These recipients will be recognized at the annual AIA Minnesota Awards Dinner on Friday, December 8, 2017 at International Market Square. Learn more about the dinner at http://www.aia-mn.org/get-involved/aia-minnesota-awards/awards-celebration/

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 the national award, including: Vicki L. Hooper, AIA, and Joan Sorrano, FAIA, both in 1993; William Blanski, AIA, 1995; Michael Fischer, AIA, and Robert Rothman, AIA, both 1996; Jeffrey 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, 2008; Matthew Kreilich, AIA, and Michael Schellin, AIA, both 2009; Steven Dwyer, AIA, 2011; Timothy Bicknell, AIA, 2012; John Dwyer, AIA, and Alissa D. Luepke Pier, AIA, both 2013; and Bob Ganser, AIA, Amy Kalar, AIA, and Karen Lu, AIA, all in 2016.

More information regarding the AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award may be found at http://www.aia-mn.org/get-involved/aia-minnesota-awards/young-architect-award/

The American Institute of Architects Minnesota, founded in 1892, is dedicated to strengthening our communities, improving our built environment and providing exceptional design. For more information on the organization and Minnesota architectural firms, reference our website, visit our Facebook page and pick up a copy of Architecture MN, our award-winning magazine.