AIA Wisconsin Young Architect Award

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The AIA Wisconsin Young Architect Award is given to individuals who, in an early stage of their architectural career, have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession and community at large.

The AIA Wisconsin Young Architects Award recognizes architectural talent in one or more of the following categories:

  • Design Excellence through the creation of buildings and environments that enhance our built communities;
  • Practice through leadership, management and/or specialized technical expertise;
  • Education through teaching, publications and/or research; and
  • Service through exemplary architecture service and contributions to the profession and society.

The award shall be presented to one member each year.

Eligibility

Architect members of AIA Wisconsin who have been licensed to practice architecture for ten years or less are eligible to be nominated. The term “Young Architect” has no reference to the age of the nominees. Current members of the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors are ineligible to apply for the award during their term.

Criteria

Candidates will be evaluated on how well they meet the program criteria which include:

  • The nominee shall have proven leadership in professional practice, design, service and/or education.
  • The nominee shall have evidenced a cumulative effect on the profession of architecture.
  • The nominee shall have influenced the direction/profession of architecture.
  • The nominee shall be an individual whose contributions to the profession of architecture have consistently been directed toward the future as well as respectful of the past.
  • The candidate shall be widely recognized for the quality of his or her work and services by those who practice architecture and by members of the design and architecture community.

Nomination Procedures

All AIA Wisconsin members in good standing are invited to submit a candidate for consideration for the AIA Wisconsin Young Architect Award. There is no limit on the number of candidates a member may nominate. However, only one will be awarded per year.

There is no limit to how many years a nominee may be submitted for an award: however; a recipient may receive an award only once.

Entry Fee

There is a non-refundable entry fee of $75 for each nomination.

Important Dates

Submittal Deadline: November 15, 5 pm.

The AIA Wisconsin Young Architect Award will be announced at the December Leadership Luncheon.

The Award will be presented at the Spring AIA Wisconsin Convention.

Jury

AIA Wisconsin Young Architects Award Jury consists of the following:

AIA Wisconsin Vice President (Chair), AIA Wisconsin President, AIA Wisconsin Secretary/Treasurer, an AIA Wisconsin Fellow, and the AIA Wisconsin Executive Director

Communication with the jury from the time of submittal to completion of the jury process by the candidate or anyone acting on their behalf is inappropriate and cause for disqualification.

The AIA Wisconsin Young Architect Award Jury shall select an individual for the award from the available submissions and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors who will confirm the award on the member.      

Nominator Responsibilities

The nominating member is responsible for the following:

  • Preparation of the Nomination Form.
  • Communication with the nominee and notification about the selected award recipient.
  • Coordination of recipient attendance at the December AIA Wisconsin Leadership Luncheon and the Annual Spring Conference on Architecture, in Madison, WI.

General Submittal Requirements

Information submitted should specifically demonstrate how the nominee’s achievement, work, contributions, and experiences meet the purpose and criteria of the award.

  • Each nomination must be submitted in electronic file format according to the guidelines listed below.  
  • Digital images contained in the PDF file may be of low resolution (72DPI). Upon final selection, nominators and/or recipients may be contacted to provide additional high resolution images as needed.
  • Nominations to be submitted online.
  • Black text on a light/white background is preferred. Provide succinct narratives and descriptive statements with images.
  • Graphic timelines may be effective for some biographical information.
  • Letter of support/recommendation should be one page in length and explicit in their recommendation and reason for support.
  • A page is considered to be one sided and 8.5” x 11”  

Award Submission Requirements

1. Nomination Documents (single PDF)

  • Completed Nomination Form (to be completed by nominator)
  • Nomination letter (one page maximum) written by the nominating member summarizing the nominee’s contributions to the criteria above.
  • One to Three (1-3) Letters of Reference (one page maximum each) from individuals familiar with the nominee’s contributions.
  • Biography of the nominee (two pages maximum) including date of registration and WI license number, professional history, honors, and activities related to the purpose of the award

2. Photograph of the nominee (JPG format)

3. Exhibit Information (single PDF)

  • Submit a minimum of four (4) and no more than six (6) exhibits, emphasizing your work and supporting the application.  For each project, submit a collection of no more than five (5) drawings, photographs, or other exhibits. External links to articles, proposals, and other supporting materials may also be included.
  • Include one Declaration of Responsibility Form for each project included in the submittal.
  • By making a submission, the nominator certifies that permission has been obtained from the photographer(s) to publish the submitted photographs and electronic images for publicity in the interest of the profession.

4. Signed Intern Compensation Disclaimer  Download

Delivery

Nominations are collected through an submittal process. Payment and uploads (nomination materials, Headshot, Nomination Documents, Exhibits and Intern Compensation Disclaimer) will be collected at the same time.

UPLOAD A NOMINATION HERE

AIA Wisconsin will not accept responsibility for errors in submitted material. Do not email files.

Questions?

Please direct any questions regarding nominated award submissions or procedures to:

AIA Wisconsin  your questions will be forwarded to the Chair.

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