The AIA Minnesota Firm Award, given biannually, is the highest honor bestowed by the association, recognizing an AIA Minnesota member firm that has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture.

The 2019 Firm Award submission window is now closed. The program will reopen for entries in summer 2021.

2019 Firm Award: Perkins and Will Minneapolis

The 65 professionals in the Minneapolis office of Perkins and Will offer many areas of expertise in designing projects across many building types. The award-winning studio emphasizes a front-loaded, collaborative, and inclusive design approach, grounds their work in in-depth research, and puts sustainability front-and-center in their client work.

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Eligibility

The AIA Minnesota Firm Award is open to any individual firm or successor firm or organization of architects with an office in Minnesota.

Chapters, committees, board members, or members may submit nominations.

The AIA Minnesota Firm Award nomination and selection process takes place every two years, although there is no obligation for the Firm Award Selection Committee to make the award in any given year.

Selection Criteria

The Firm Award Selection Committee evaluates candidates based on how well they meet program criteria, which include how firms have:

  • Demonstrated great depth and breadth in their work, having a cumulative effect on the profession of architecture in Minnesota;
  • Produced work that is a product of a collaborative environment, consistently addressing the future of architecture while honoring its tradition;
  • Transcended or united specific areas of expertise; and
  • Become widely known—by architects, designers, educators, and the public—for the quality of their work

Additional selection considerations

Throughout the submission, where applicable and to the extent possible, nominators are encouraged to highlight any aspect of work that may have reflected contributions or sensitivity concerning areas of special interest to AIA Minnesota, its members, and the architecture profession in Minnesota, including but not limited to the policy and position statements of AIA Minnesota. These might include such areas as diversity, sustainability, architectural education, or the mentoring of emerging professionals, to the degree the firm has had the opportunity to address them, or as these topics may enhance the presentation.

Process

Firm Award Selection Committee

The 2019 AIA Minnesota Firm Award Selection Committee:

  • Karen Lu, AIA – Selection Committee Chair, Snow Kreilich Architects
  • Nate Steuerwald, AIA – VJAA Architects
  • Kelly Martinez, AIA – RSP Architects
  • Ed Kodet, FAIA – Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd.
  • Angela Wolf Scott, AIA – MacDonald & Mack Architects
  • Rebecca Lewis, FAIA – DSGW Architects

    The composition of the Firm Award Selection Committee is as follows:
  • Two AIA Minnesota Board Members – one of which will be the AIA Minnesota President (or in their place, the AIA Minnesota President-Elect), who will serve as Chair of the Committee
  • Two AIA Fellows
  • Two Past Recipients
  • One AIA Minnesota Committee on Design chair/co-chair

The Firm Award Selection Committee is convened prior to the call for nominations. Committee members are ineligible to submit nominations during their time of service on the Committee.

Communication with the Firm Award Selection Committee in any given year regarding any aspect of the nomination or selection process – from the time the Selection Committee is convened to the completion of the selection process – by the nominator, nominee(s), or anyone acting on their behalf is inappropriate and cause for disqualification.

Nominator Submission Requirements

There is no entry fee for this award program. Submissions are completed online.

  • Nomination letter, addressed to the Committee Chair, summarizing the firm’s contributions, not to exceed one page;
  • Statement or list of the firm’s achievements and awards, not to exceed two pages;
  • Descriptive statements and images of the firm’s work—including site plans—for each project represented accompanied by at least three images;
  • Five letters of support addressed to the Committee Chair, not to exceed one page each.
  • Optional: miscellaneous material, including clippings and articles—is optional but may not exceed three pages

Confirmation of Selection

The Firm Award Selection Committee will present its recommended selection for the Award to the AIA Minnesota Board of Directors. In order for that selection to be confirmed, it must be approved by at least a ¾ vote of the Board.

Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns related to the AIA Minnesota Firm Award process, please contact Mary-Margaret Zindren, Executive Vice President, or Sheri Hansen, Director of Communications, Advocacy & Public Outreach, or call 612-338-6763.

Firm Award Recipients

1992   Hammel, Green and Abrahamson
1993   Ellerbe Becket
1994   The Architectural Alliance
1995   The Leonard Parker Associates, Architects, Inc.
1997   Rafferty, Rafferty, Tollefson Architects
1999   Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. (MSR)
2001   Miller Dunwiddie Architects, Inc.
2003   The Weidt Group
2005   SALA Architects
2007   Elness Swenson Graham Architects, Inc. (ESG)
2009   VJAA*
2011   MacDonald and Mack
2013   Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
2015   BWBR
2017   Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd.
2019 Perkins and Will Minneapolis

* AIA Architecture Firm Award recipient