The St. Paul chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is pleased to sponsor The St. Paul Prize, an annual design competition for emerging professionals. The design competition is open to emerging architectural professionals that have graduated with an accredited professional architecture degree in the last seven years. The purpose of this competition is to focus on developing innovative ideas for programming, designing, and occupying public space.

This year’s competition was to design an infill, multistory recreation center in the Lowertown District of downtown St. Paul.

The winning submission will be displayed at the AIA Minnesota office during January 2016.

2015-SPP-winners_1502015 Prize Winners

AIA St. Paul, a chapter of AIA Minnesota, is pleased to announce that Michael Hara, Assoc. AIA, of HGA, was awarded first place and $1,500 for the 2015 St. Paul Prize design competition. (View submission above.)

Two honorable mentions were awarded to Nate Steuerwald AIA, of VJAA and Ryan Fugleberg of Pope Architects.

Download the press release from the 2015 Competition.

Winning entrants will also be given the opportunity to present their projects in February 2016 at the AIA St. Paul “Food for Thought” lunchtime program.


The competition is open to those who meet both of the following criteria:

  1. Architects or architectural interns within seven years of graduating from an accredited professional degree program with either a Bachelor of Architecture Degree or a Master of Architecture Degree;
  2. Architects and interns who are living or working in Minnesota.
Entrants may submit competition participation information for IDP credits.

2016 Program Deadlines & Requirements

Watch here for 2016 deadlines & requirements.