Through the Special Awards program, AIA Minnesota recognizes individuals and organizations for exceptional contributions to AIA, the profession, or the quality of the built environment.
Submissions for 2020 Special Awards will be accepted beginning on June 1, 2020.
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;
- Research, art and craftsmanship;
- Service to AIA or any of its components;
- Public policy and design advocacy;
- Building technology innovation;
- Visualization and illustration;
- Writing and publishing;
- Architectural scholarship and criticism; and
- Professions allied with architecture and architectural patronage.
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.
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. As part of the submission, 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. 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 non-profit organizations and public entities. Submissions should include at least two letters of recommendation (in addition to the nomination letter) and additional imagery and/or articles to illustrate the nominee’s contributions and achievements.
2019 Special Award Recipients
Scott Mayer, driving force behind Doors Open Minneapolis
Heidi Myers, AIA,Recently-retired System Director of Design and Construction, Minnesota State
Daniela Sandler, associate professor of architectural and urban history, University of Minnesota College of Design
The Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians for the Minnesota Modern Masters Oral History Project
Read the press release.
Past Special Award Recipients
Download a list of past Special Award recipients.