Images: 2021 25 Year Award Recipient Type/Variant House by VJAA.

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.

The entry period for the 2022 25 Year Award closes Friday, July 15 at 12:00 pm CST. Submit an entry »


The 25 Year Award recognizes completed, built projects – either individual buildings or groups of buildings. Projects must be completed after January 1, 1971, and before December 31, 1996. 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/Dunwoody School of Architecture faculty member; a past Young Architects Award recipient; and a new AIA Minnesota Fellow. 

The 2022 25 Year Award jury:

Ligeia Cholensky, Allied AIA MN (jury chair)
Michelle Mongeon Allen, FAIA
Trevor Bullen, AIA
Nathan Steuerwald, AIA
Ellie Ziaie, Assoc. AIA


Submissions must include a minimum of three exterior images, three interior images, and one site plan. 

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 – 2021

AIA Minnesota is proud to present Type/Variant House with the 2021 25 Year Award. The project team included Vincent James, FAIA; Jennifer Yoos, FAIA; Nathan Knutson, AIA; Paul Yaggie, AIA, Nancy Blankfard, FAIA; Andrew Dull; Steve Lazen; Krista Scheib; Julie Snow, FAIA; Taavo Somer; and Kate Wyberg. Project consultants included The McSherry Group, Inc (structural); Vogt Mechanical (mechanical); Coen + Stumpf Associates; and Yerigan Construction Company (general contractor).

Read the press release.

25 Year Award Recipients

Download a list of past 25 Year Award recipients.

Questions? Contact AIA Minnesota