Pictured left to right: 2020 Collaborative Achievement Award recipients Greg Donofrio, Jennifer Newsom, AIA, NOMA, and Lars Peterssen, AIA.
Through the Collaborative Awards program, AIA Minnesota recognizes individuals and organizations for exceptional contributions to AIA, the profession, or the quality of the built environment.
The entry window for the Collaborative Achievement Award opens June 1, 2021.
The person making the nomination must be a current AIA Minnesota member. The person being nominated for the award does not need to be an AIA member.
Nominees may be recognized for significant achievement or a body of work in a range of endeavors including, but not limited to:
- Architectural education;
- Architectural scholarship and criticism;
- Building technology innovation;
- Industrial design;
- Information science;
- Professions allied with architecture and architectural patronage;
- Public policy and design advocacy;
- Research, art and craftsmanship;
- Service to AIA or any of its components;
- Visualization, recording, and illustration; and
- Writing and publishing.
Professions allied with architecture and architectural patronage may include, but are not limited to contractors, materials, exhibitors and other collaborators. Nominated clients must work broadly with architects, beyond one firm.
Recipients of the Collaborative Achievement Award should embody the core values of AIA Minnesota: Authenticity, Equity, Collaboration, and Integrity.
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.
To be considered for this award, an AIA member must nominate an individual and prepare the necessary submittal materials. Individuals cannot self-nominate. Submissions should include:
- (1) Nomination letter. The nominator is to write a letter of nomination highlighting the nominee’s contributions and achievements; extraordinary achievements that may be cited within the submission that warrant this special recognition.
- (2) Letters of Reference. One-page letter focusing on one or two aspects of the candidate’s submission, signed, and on company letterhead.
- Exhibits (15 page maximum). Images, drawings, or other materials that demonstrate the candidate’s or organization’s accomplishments that relate to the purpose of the award.
Note: Nomination letters should be third party and may not be from an individual that is within the nominee’s organization, with the exception of nonprofit organizations and public entities.
2020 Collaborative Award Recipients
Greg Donofrio, associate professor and director of the Heritage Studies and Public History (HSPH) program at University of Minnesota College of Design and creator of “Right to Establish a Home” exhibit
Jennifer Newsom, AIA, NOMA, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota College of Design and prolific designer, speaker, educator, and artist
Lars Peterssen, AIA, significant contributor to architectural education and the advancement of technology adoption within the profession
Read the press release.
Past Collaborative Achievement Award Recipients
Download a list of past Collaborative Award recipients.