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AIA Iowa Architects Receive Awards

Friday, September 21, 2018  

AIA Iowa Architects Receive Awards

Medal of Honor and Young Architect Awards presented

at the 2018 Annual Award Celebration

Des Moines, Iowa – The American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter (AIA Iowa) awarded two leaders for their exceptional contributions to the profession of architecture in Iowa at the 2018 AIA Iowa Annual Awards Celebration held Thursday, September 20, at the newly restored Diocese of Des Moines, 601 Grand Ave. in Des Moines. Kevin Monson, AIA received the 2018 AIA Iowa Medal of Honor Award. Nick Lindsley, AIA received the 2018 AIA Iowa Young Architect Award. Both award recipients are of Neumann Monson Architects with locations in Iowa City and Des Moines.

These awards were announced in conjunction with the AIA Iowa’s 2018 Annual Convention, “Movement,” held at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, September 20 and 21.

2018 AIA Iowa Medal of Honor Award
This award recognizes an AIA Iowa member for distinguished service to the profession of architecture and is the highest recognition bestowed on a member of AIA Iowa.

Kevin Monson, AIA, Neumann Monson Architects

Kevin Monson, Principal and Chairman of the Board of Neumann Monson Architects, is known for his service with the larger picture in mind. Monson has given back to the architecture profession in a multitude of ways over his forty-year career through leadership within AIA Iowa Board of Directors, with the Iowa Architectural Examining Board, serving on the College of Design Department of Architecture Advisory Council at Iowa State University, and at a national level for the AIA Procedures and Document Committee at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

Monson has served as an active citizen architect, sharing his much-needed sense of design, collaboration, and process thinking with the broader community. Kevin’s passion has been priming the profession for future success by elevating the discipline’s expectations, bringing visibility to the

profession’s contributions, implementing responsible fiscal and operational structures, and paving paths to education and licensure. His efforts will have a lasting influence, setting the stage for Iowa architecture’s growing positive impact from the community scale to the national level.

Monson’s body of work has profoundly impacted several Iowa urban centers. His projects challenged the status quo and reshape the urban fabric of Iowa City and Coralville’s Iowa River Landing District and extend to the many new additions to Des Moines’ East Village.  

Kevin has been described as, committed, a leader, dedicated, passionate, respected, knowledgeable, and innovative observer. He is influential at local, regional, national and global levels and most deserving of being recognized with the AIA Iowa Medal of Honor.

2018 AIA Iowa Young Architect Award

This award recognizes an AIA Iowa member who has shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in the areas of design, education, and / or service in an early stage of their architectural career.

Nick Lindsley, AIA, Neumann Monson Architects

Nick Lindsley an Architect with Neumann Monson Architects is known for his commitment to cultivating the strengths of those around him, having a keen intelligence and tenacious drive, and an outstanding architect. His projects have been published locally and nationally by Archdaily, Architect Magazine, Architizer, Iowa Architect Magazine, Salon Today, and Little Village Magazine.  

Lindsley has served in a multitude of volunteer positions at both the state and local level including: Iowa Architect Magazine Editorial Board Member, AIA Iowa Fall Convention Committee Member, AIA Iowa of Board Directors, President of AIA Iowa South East Iowa Architects, Board Member of Arts Iowa City, and Iowa City Downtown District Board Member. Through his volunteer positions he has championed the mission of great design that brings joy and engagement.

Lindsley’s colleagues commented, that he is an engaged community leader that works hard to strengthen the cultural and economic fabric that gives cities unique energy that fuel continued growth. He champions missions that advocate for well-designed spaces that promote overall community health.


 American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter

Since 1857, the American Institute of Architects has represented the professional interests of America’s architects. AIA Iowa, headquartered in Des Moines, is a statewide affiliate of national AIA with nearly 1,000 members.  AIA Iowa members are committed to excellence in design and are proactive in the design of livable communities. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assures the client, the public and colleagues of an AIA member architect’s dedication to the highest standards of professional practice.

For interviews or pictures, please contact Jessica Reinert at AIA Iowa,
(515) 244-7502, or e-mail her at jreinert@aiaiowa.org.

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