Committee on Design

  • 2013 Firm Award recipient is Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. (Cuningham Group®) Photo credit: Ryan Siemers
  • Paul Mellblom, AIA, MSR, 2013 Louis Lundgren Award Recipient

  • AIA Minnesota 2013 25-Year Award recipient: Land O' Lakes Corporate Headquarters, designed by Architectural Alliance.

    Photo credit: Rick Schuster

To find more information on all our Awards scroll down on this page.

Chair: Jeff Mandyck, AIA 

AIA Staff Liaison: Mary Larkin and Chris Hudson

Meeting Date: The Committee on Design meets on the second Thursday of the month at noon at the AIA Minnesota office.

2014 AIA Minnesota Award Deadlines
For more information or to download the submission forms for these award programs - scroll down the page.

2014 AIA Minnesota Award Deadlines
2014 Affordable Housing Design Award:
Submission deadline is Noon, CST, Friday, March 28
The 2014 Award Recipient will be selected and announced at the Affordable Housing Design Award Reception held at the McKnight Foundation on May 1 at 4:00 p.m. RSVP by April 25 at https://2014ahda.eventbrite.com
Click here to download the entry form.

Young Architect Award:
Nomination letters due by Thursday, April 17
Submissions due by May 2
Click here to download the entry form.

25 Year Award:
Submissions due by Noon on Friday, June 6
Click here to download the entry form.

Special Awards:
Submissions due June 27
Watch here for entry form.

Louis Lundgren Award:
Nominations due June 27
Watch here for entry form.

Honor Awards
Informational Open House program on August 7 from 4 to 6pm at HGA
Submissions due September 26.
Watch here for entry form.

Gold Medal & Firm Award:
If you have an individual for the 2014 Gold Medal or an architecture firm to nominate for the 2015 Firm Award or, please contact Beverly Hauschild-Baron.

2014 Affordable Housing Design Award (AHDA)
This annual architectural design award is supported by the McKnight Foundation. Itis goal is to recognize and encourage innovative, high-quality designs for affordable housing in Minnesota.
The 2014 Award Recipient will be selected and announced at the Affordable Housing Design Award Reception held at the McKnight Foundation on May 1 at 4:00 p.m. RSVP by April 25 at https://2014ahda.eventbrite.com


2013 Affordable Housing Design Award recipient project was the Renaissance Box located in Saint Paul with the architectural firm, LHB, Inc., and their community partner, Aeon. Click here to download the press release. Click here to watch the 2013 AHDA video on the Renaissance Box.

2012 Affordable Housing Design Award

Click here to watch the 2012 AHDA video on Higher Ground!
2012 AHDA recipient was the Higher Ground – Homeless Shelter & Permanent Housing Project, designed by Cermak Rhoades. Click here for the 2012 AHDA press release.


2014 Young Architects Award
The AIA Minnesota Young Architect Award is given to individuals who in an early stage of their architectural career have shown exceptional leadership in service to the profession, the community, design, planning, and/or education. Members of the AIA Minnesota, licensed to practice architecture less than 10 years, are eligible for nomination.

2014 Nomination letters due by Thursday, April 17
2014 Submissions due by May 2
Click here to download the entry form.

2013 Young Architect Award Recipients:(Pictured from L to R) Eric Amel, AIA; Meghan Kell Cornell, AIA; Meredith Hayes Gordon, AIA; Ryan Kronzer, AIA; David O'Brien Wagner, AIA. Click here for the 2013 Young Architect Award Press Release.
Click here to watch the entertaining 2013 Young Architect Award recipient video!

Click here for the 2012 Young Architect Awards Press Release.
View the 2011 Young Architects Award Press Release (PDF)
View the 2010 Young Architects Award Press Release (PDF)

2014 25 Year Award
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.
Submissions are due by noon on Friday, June 6.
Click here to download the 2014 Submission Call for Entry forms and instructions.
Click here
to download a sample 25 Year Award past award recipient imagebook.
Questions? Contact Mary Larkin.

2013 25 Year Award
AIA Minnesota is proud to announce that Land O’ Lakes Corporate Headquarters, designed by Architectural Alliance, is the recipient of the 2013 AIA Minnesota 25 Year Award. Project team members include: Dennis LaFrance, AIA; John Lackens, FAIA, Ron May, Lynda Lujan, David Solomon, Gretchen Wesenberg, Charles Sandvig, Paul Ashley, Rex Crook, Craig Johnson, and Bob Stoltz. Click here to download the 2013 AIA Minnesota 25 Year Award press release.

Photo credit: Rick Schuster

Click here for the 2012 25 Year press release.
View the 2011 25 Year Award Press Release.
View the 2010 25 Year Award Press Release.


2013 Honor Awards
The jury recruited for this competition has national and international credibility, giving the award-winning architects and the public an idea of the caliber of work created by Minnesota architects and how they rate on a worldwide scale. Click here to download the 2013 Press Release.
The following are the nine 2013 Honor Awards recipients:

1) U.S. Land Port of Entry, Julie Snow Architects, Inc. - design architect in collaboration with Robert Siegel Architects
2) Macalester College, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, HGA Architects & Engineers
3) Drexel University College of Media Arts & Design URRN Center, MSR
4) Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity, MSR
5) Target Plaza Commons, Julie Snow Architects, Inc. and Ryan A & E, Inc.
6) Union Depot Multi-Modal Transit & Transportation Hub, HGA Architects & Engineers
7) Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial, Leo A Daly
8) Hall House, Salmela Architect
9) School of Architecture, University of Minnesota College of Design, Centennial Chromagraph, Variable Projects

2013 Honor Award Submissions were due September 27, 2013
Click here to download the 2013 Honor Award Submission Entry Form.
Click here to download the 2013 Project Credit Form (PCF).
Click here to download Tips for submitting. Questions? Contact Mary Larkin.

2012 Honor Awards Click here to download the 2012 Honor Awards Recipient press release. Click here to view the slideshow on Star Tribune.
Click here to See 2011 Honor Award winners


Louis Lundgren Award
The 2013 Louis Lundren Award recipient is Paul C. N. Mellblom, AIA, principal at MSR Minneapolis. Click here to download the press release.
AIA Minnesota seeks to encourage and recognize outstanding individual volunteerism. Volunteering is a member's purest means of giving something back to the profession and community. The individual should exemplify unfailing commitment to the goals of AIA Minnesota, foster the advancement of the Institute at a national or regional level, and be a leader to the public. Any member of AIA Minnesota may nominate candidates providing the candidate is a member of AIA Minnesota for a period of not less than ten years and a member in good standing at the time of nomination. Emeritus members and self-nominations are eligible. Questions? Contact Mary Larkin.

Click here to download the 2013 Louis Lundgren Award Submission Form.
2012 Louis Lundgren Award Recipient: Douglas D. Pierce, AIA, Perkins & Will.
Click here to download the release.
2011 Louis Lundgren Award recipient: Doug Westby, AIA, Read more here.
View previous Louis Lundgren Award winners.

Special Awards
T
he Special Award is an award category that has become an increasingly important part of the Awards Program. AIA Minnesota has found that there is a strong need to encourage, stimulate, and recognize exceptional contributions of individuals and organizations who are improving the quality of our physical environment.

2013 Special Awards recipients are (pictured top to bottom/l to r) the Building Restoration Corporation; Tony Mancuso, St. Louis County Property Management; Charlene Roise, Hess Roise & Company; Katherine Solomonson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, School of Architecture; and Lucy Thompson, City Saint Paul
Click here for the 2013 Special Awards Press Release.

2012 Special Award recipients: Poul Bertelsen, AIA Associate International; J. Drake Hamilton; and Michael Pilla. Click here to download the 2012 press release.
Click here to download the 2012 Special Awards nomination form. Click here to download the 2013 Special Awards Submission form. Questions? Contact Mary Larkin.

2011 Special Award Recipients: Damon Farber and the McKnight Foundation.
Read more here about the 2011 Special Awards.
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In 2005, AIA Minnesota reorganized the selection process for determining the AIA Minnesota Firm Award and the AIA Minnesota Gold Medal Award. In an effort to involve more members in the process we have created a Selection Committee, to consist of Board Members, Fellows, previous Firm/Gold Medal Award recipients and the Chair of the Awards Committee.

2013 Firm Award
Given biennially, the prestigious Firm Award is presented to firms that have contributed to the advancement of the profession in the areas of technology, service, and design.

The American Institute of Architects Minnesota (AIA Minnesota) is pleased to recognize Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. (Cuningham Group®) with its 2013 Firm Award. Given biennially, this prestigious award recognizes firms that have contributed to the advancement of the profession in the areas of technology, service, and design. Cuningham Group will be honored at the AIA Minnesota Awards Celebration on December 6, 2013, at McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Photo: Ryan Siemers

Click here to download the press release.

If you have a firm to nominate for 2015, please contact Beverly Hauschild-Baron.
Firm Award nominations are due April 2015.


AIA Minnesota Gold Medal
The Gold Medal is AIA Minnesota's highest award bestowed on an individual member. It serves as recognition for a lifetime of distinguished achievement and significant contributions to architecture.


The 2012 Gold Medal recipient is Craig Rafferty, FAIA. Rafferty began his professional career in Boston working with Hugh Stubbins and Associates after completing his graduate studies at MIT. In 1974 he received the Rotch Traveling Fellowship, one of a string of several University of Minnesota Architectural graduates to be named for this prize. In addition to working for Ralph Rapson and Associates during his undergraduate studies at the U, he worked for Brown Daltas Architects in Rome after the Rotch Fellowship. He then joined George Rafferty, FAIA, and Dick Rafferty, FAIA, at Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke Architects in 1975 where he has been an integral part of the firm, steadily enhancing, with current partners Lee Tollefson, FAIA, and Chip Lindeke, AIA, the spirit and design conscience of the firm, now celebrating its 50th year.
To download the press release for Rafferty, click here.
The 2010 recipient is Edward Kodet, Jr., FAIA. Kodet founded Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd., in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1983, after 13 years of experience as a firm partner at a previous firm. Kodet’s achievements as an architect and educator along with his service to the profession over his career have proven exemplary and inspirational, noted the jury. Kodet is a member of AIA’s College of Fellows, serving as Chancellor in 2010, and has held numerous national positions within the profession including serving as the AIA North Central States Regional Director, American Architectural Foundation as Regent and the chair of two Gold Medal and Firm Award juries, most recently as the nominator for AIA Gold Medal recipient Santiago Calatrava, FAIA. Kodet’s work at the national level throughout his career would be difficult to mirror, said the jury. It’s clearly inspired by his view of architecture as a passion, avocation and hobby. Kodet summarized, “AIA has always been a forum for me to advocate for the profession how the profession can enhance everyday lives, enrich cities and provide inspiration for society.”

If you have an architect to nominate for 2014, please contact Beverly Hauschild-Baron. Gold Medal nomination process begins in April 2014.



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