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Architecture Month



Every April the state of Iowa celebrates Iowa Architecture Month for exemplifying the importance, beauty, and significance of architecture. Throughout the month events and programs take place across the state to showcase the design work of our local architects.

People's Choice
Architecture Month 2017
Proclamation of Iowa Architecture Month
Section Events
Citizen Architect Program 


People's Choice
Voting is now open for the second annual People's Choice Awards! Vote today at

People’s Choice Award Top 5- 2016
1) Hempstead High School 7263 votes designed by FEH Design
2) Ankeny Centennial High School 6912 votes designed by DLR Group
3) Hansen Elementary 4775 votes designed by StruXture Architects
4) Gilbert High School 1856 votes designed by DLR Group
5) Flix Brewhouse 1762 votes designed by DLR Group

We had 37,026 total votes on all projects throughout April 2016
Thank you for helping us celebrate architecture month by supporting these projects!





Canstruction® is using one can of food as a catalyst for change. One Can® to represent the building blocks of massive sculptures. One Can® to prove that every act of kindness makes a difference. Since 1992, Canstruction® has contributed over 17.5 million pounds of food to community food banks demonstrating that we can win the fight against hunger.

Canstruction® combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed the hungry. Competing teams, lead by architects and engineers, showcase their talents by designing giant sculptures made entirely out of canned food. Structures are created by stacking a variety of can sizes and shapes using the product labels as the color palette. Structurally self-supporting, the only other materials to be used are 1/4” leveling, cardboard, tape, rubber bands and wire.


Information on the 2017 competitions can be found here. Get involved and help feed the hungry by starting a team, joining a team, sponsoring the event, or simply stopping by to view the structures.


The Governor of Iowa, Terry Brandstad has declared April as Iowa Architecture Month and recognizes the dedication and important of great design and architecture in the state of Iowa.


Section Events

The AIA Iowa chapter has 5 Iowa Sections located throughout the state that activate and excite the community about architecture. Check out the AIA Iowa Sections page for details of each section.


Citizen Architect Program


The general public's view of architects and AIA Iowa is shaped first and foremost by how the individual AIA members interact with their clients and their communities. The AIA Iowa Public Relations Committee introduced this program in 2008 to recognize members who represent AIA's values to their communities through public service. This program is a recognition program bestowed upon all members who meet qualification criteria, and is intended to encourage all AIA Iowa members to actively engage in their communities and share in the AIA mission. Learn more about the program and submit an application or nominate someone here.

Each member enrolled in the program is recognized at the AIA Iowa Annual Convention and in their local newspaper. We encourage all AIA Iowa Architects who serve their communities to participate. Congratulations to the 2017 Citizen Architect Program Participants!


AIA Iowa Firm Members