MINNEAPOLIS, September 13, 2021 — Sara Rothholz Weiner, AIA, is the 2021 AIA Minnesota Louis Lundgren Award for Service recipient.
Each year, the Louis Lundgren Award for Service recognizes one Minnesota architect for their outstanding contributions in the area of community and professional service. Through their work as citizen architects, recipients of the award are regarded by the peers for their prolonged and effective volunteerism.
Sara Rothholz Weiner has been engaged in service since her childhood. She has served on the Minneapolis Arts Commission; has been on nonprofit boards, including the Domestic Abuse Project, Franconia Sculpture Park, Hillel UMN, and Seward Neighborhood Group. She has served on Board Task Forces and Committees for Girl Scouts River Valley, and the West Bank School of Music; and she leads Gensler’s Community Impact program, which provides pro bono design and community engagement services to many groups throughout the year.
Nominator Bill Baxley, AIA, describes Sara as a leader and role model within Gensler, constantly striving to improve and elevate their service and community impact. Letters of support described her commitment and professionalism and noted that her work embodies AIA Minnesota’s values.
The AIA Minnesota Louis Lundgren Award jury included representatives from AIA Minnesota committees and award winners Nicole Bauknight, AIA, NOMA; Jennifer Christiaansen, AIA; 2020 Louis Lundgren Award recipient Kermit Duncan, AIA, NOMA; Paul Mandell, FAIA; and Rebecca Muchow, AIA, incoming co-chair of the AIA Minnesota Committee on Design.
The jury noted the depth and breadth of Sara’s service to community, and that her commitment to organizations often spanned many years, deepening the impact of her service. They also praised her work within her firm to expand community impact and service as important to elevating the profession of architecture.
Sara will receive her award at the annual AIA Minnesota Awards Event on December 3, 2021. Learn more about the Louis Lundgren Award here.
The American Institute of Architects Minnesota, founded in 1892, is dedicated to strengthening our communities, improving our built environment and providing exceptional design. For more information on the organization and Minnesota architectural firms, reference our website.