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.

Submissions for the 2020 25 Year Award are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, July 17. Submit your entry »


The 25 Year Award recognizes completed, built projects – either individual buildings or groups of buildings. Projects must be completed after January 1, 1970, and before December 31, 1995. Note: Use the first date when a certificate of occupancy is issued. Entries must have been designed by firms with architects registered and practicing professionally in Minnesota.

Entries must be nominated or submitted by a current AIA Minnesota member. Nominations may be made by any AIA Minnesota member; the nominator does not need to be the original architect on the project.


Submissions will be judged by a jury to include: a past 25 Year Award recipient or University of Minnesota, College of Design faculty member; a past Young Architects Award recipient; and a new AIA Minnesota Fellow.


Submissions must include a minimum of three exterior images, three interior images, and one site plan. The call for 2020 entries for this program will be issued in June.

All AIA Minnesota award programs will now require a declaration that candidates for awards are in compliance with the AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Nominators will need to certify that candidates comply to the best of their knowledge. This is part of our commitment to ensuring that recipients of AIA Minnesota awards comport to the highest standards of character and professionalism, and is in compliance with requirements for AIA national awards.

25 Year Award Recipient – 2019

AIA Minnesota is proud to announce that the Minnesota History Center, designed by HGA Architects & Engineers is the recipient of the 2019 AIA Minnesota 25 Year Award. Project team members from HGA include: Loren Ahles, FAIA, architect; Gary Reetz, FAIA, project manager; Bruce Abrahamson, FAIA, principal; Lauren Wold, AIA, project architect; Vince James, FAIA, project designer; and additional members of the architecture team Bob Lundgren, AIA; Jim Butler, AIA; Tim Carlson, AIA; Joan Soranno, FAIA; Gail Manning, AIA; David Fey, AIA; Linda Morrissey, AIA; Tom Oslund, ASLA, landscape architect; and Johanna Harris, PE, structural engineering.

Read the press release.

25 Year Award Recipients

Download a list of past 25 Year Award recipients.

Questions? Contact AIA Minnesota