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In an effort to recognize excellence in design, AIA Iowa offers several award programs. For each award a jury of respected professionals from within the architecture and design communities meet to recognize the finest from within our state. The AIA Iowa Design Award Programs are open to all members of AIA Iowa. 

You can learn more about all of our awards here. Complete guidelines will be shared within each award's call for entries. Past award winning projects can be found at


Design Award Programs

  • Central States Region Excellence in Design
    This program is held annually, however only AIA Iowa hosts these every five years during the AIA Iowa / Central States Region (CSR) Convention.

  • Excellence in Design
    To recognize excellence in architecture projects which are designed by members of AIA Iowa and emphasize the importance of architecture in the community. 
  • 25-Year Award
    To recognize longstanding excellence in architecture and emphasizes its importance in the community. 
  • Excellence in Craft
    To recognize Iowa craftspeople and/or companies who demonstrate particular skill and inventiveness in the execution and incorporation of their craft into our built environment.

Leadership Award Programs

Each year, AIA Iowa accepts nominations for outstanding leadership. The following three categories of AIA Iowa’s most important recognitions. Nominations are sought each spring and the winner is announced at the AIA Iowa Annual Convention.

  • Medal of Honor
    This award recognizes an AIA Iowa member for distinguished service to the profession of architecture.
    To view past recipients visit Medal of Honor Award

  • Honorary Membership Award
    This award recognizes a person of esteemed character who is not eligible for membership in the Institute of this Chapter but who has rendered distinguished service to the profession of architecture or to the arts and science allied therewith within the territory of this Chapter may be admitted to membership in it as an Honorary Member. 
    To view past recipients visit Honorary Membership Award.
  • Educator Award
    This award recognizes an Iowa educator within or outside the profession for his/her contributions to architectural education in Iowa. Any AIA Iowa member, colleague or student may nominate candidates for this award.
    To view past recipients visit Educator Award.
  • Young Architect Award
    The Young Architect Award is given to individuals who have 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.
    To view past recipients visit Young Architect Award.

AIA Fellowship

The AIA Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual, but also honors before the public and the profession a model architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. To apply for fellowship visit AIA Iowa is honored to have 16 fellows among our current members. You can find them here.

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