2019 Call for Entries

This annual award is bestowed by AIA Minnesota upon a residential architect who has demonstrated a mastery of architecture through design, craft, and materials, and who has significant contributions to the advancement of residential design.

The award recipient receives a citation and formal recognition along with other winners of AIA Minnesota awards at the annual Awards Celebration event in December 2019, and is promoted in a full page advertisement published in the July issue of Mpls.St.Paul magazine. Additionally, the winner is spotlighted in an e-blast sent to 8,000 select magazine subscribers. 

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Entry Fee

There is no fee to submit an entry.


AIA Minnesota members who are in good standing and have been licensed to practice architecture for at least 15 years by the submission deadline are eligible.

Submission Details

A candidate may self-submit, or any current AIA Minnesota member may nominate another individual.

Candidates nominated by a colleague or professional peer will be informed of the nomination and invited to submit an entry. Deadline to nominate an individual is Monday, April 8 in order to allow the nominee to prepare submission materials.

Entry materials must be submitted by the candidate using AIA Minnesota’s online awards platform. Entries must include:

  • Description of the candidate’s unique design philosophy and approach to architecture (up to 250 words)
  • Brief list of candidate’s professional and/or personal achievements
  • Visual examples of five built, single-family residential projects that illustrate the candidate’s design philosophy
  • Written descriptions for each submitted project (up to 100 words each)
  • Optional: additional documentation that may demonstrate the candidate’s qualification to receive the award, such as honors, articles, or letters of recommendation

At least one of the submitted projects must have been completed within the last five years (as of January 1, 2019). Candidates must have designed each project as owner or partner of a firm.

All submissions must remain anonymous; no mention of the architect’s name or firm may appear in images, descriptions or supporting documentation. Candidate’s name and personal information will not be visible to jurors during the review process.

All material much be submitted using AIA Minnesota’s online awards platform by the entry deadline of Monday, May 6, 2019 by 5:00 pm.


A panel of professionals will be gathered to review submissions and select the award recipient. Previous year award recipients from this and the Emerging Talent of the Year award will be included as part of the jury.

All submissions will be considered and reviewed via a blind jury process that is monitored by an AIA Minnesota staff member. Each juror’s opinions will carry equal weight in the process.

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Past Award Recipients

2018 Eric Odor, AIA
2017 Christine Albertsson, AIA
2016 Mark Larson, AIA
2015 Dale Mulfinger, FAIA
2014 Katherine Hillbrand, AIA
2013 Rosemary McMonigal, FAIA
2012 Sarah Nettleton, FAIA
2011 Julie Snow, FAIA
2010 Tom Ellison, AIA
2009 Tim Alt, AIA
2008 Dan Nepp, AIA
2007 Tom Meyer, FAIA
2006 Kelly Davis, AIA
2005 Charles Stinson, AIA
2004 David Salmela, FAIA