MINNEAPOLIS, July 11, 2022 — Nicole Bauknight, Assoc. AIA, NOMA, is the inaugural AIA Minnesota Next Gen Award recipient.

The Next Gen Award is given to recent graduates of an accredited NAAB architecture program who have demonstrated early leadership potential or exceptional service to the AIA, the architecture profession, or the community at large.

In addition to her significant contributions to design projects within her firm, LSE Architects, Nicole is a dedicated volunteer for both AIA Minnesota and MSP NOMA. She is on the Core Team for AIA Minnesota’s Culture Change Initiative and served on the AIA Minnesota board, representing the Associates community. She is also helping to refine the vision and strategy for the Architecture in the Schools Committee, a primary mechanism for expanding awareness of the profession among students who may not otherwise know about the opportunity. She continues to mentor students at all levels, both within her firm and as part of her activities within AIA Minnesota and MSP NOMA.

Nominator Anna Pravinata, AIA, NOMA, describes how Nicole embodies the spirit of this award. “Nicole exemplifies the next generation of architects and designers through her extensive contributions to AIA Minnesota, her thoughtfulness and bravery, and her relentless advocacy for a more inclusive profession.”

The AIA Minnesota Next Gen Award jury included representatives from AIA Minnesota committees and award winners Doug Bergert, AIA; Anastasia Jacklitsch, Assoc. AIA; Nathan Knutson, FAIA; Karen Lu, AIA; and Sam Olbekson, AIA, NOMA.

The jury noted the significant connection between her volunteer service and the strategic priorities of AIA Minnesota, as well as her consistent, long-term commitment to equity in the architecture profession and the broader community.

Nicole will receive her award at the annual AIA Minnesota Awards Event on December 2, 2022. Learn more about the Next Gen 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.