Chapter Honor Awards 2018
Call for Nominations

Every Year, AIA Austin recognizes members, individuals, and organizations that exemplify the pursuit of the Chapter’s mission: “AIA Austin is the voice for our region’s architecture community. We advocate for our members, the profession, career development, and design excellence. We influence public opinion and policies that shape our built and natural environment.”

Nomination Procedures: All current members of AIA Austin, AIA Austin committees, and the Executive Committee are invited to submit nominations for the 2018 Honor Awards. There is no limit to how many years an eligible nominee may be submitted for an award; however, a recipient may receive a specific honor award only once. Awards are not given posthumously. Members of the Honor Awards Committee are not eligible for nomination during their tenure. There is no entry fee for nominations.

Nomination form available here

Submission deadline is 5pm, Thursday, April 5, 2018

or by submission to:

Ingrid Spencer
Executive Director, AIA Austin

Honor Award letters should be addressed to:
Chris Cobb, AIA
Chair, Honor Awards Committee

Awards will be conferred at the Annual Awards Celebration on May 10, 2018

The categories of nominations are:
1. Firm Achievement Award
2. Edwin Waller Award for Public Architecture
3. Associate Member of the Year Award
4. Emerging Professional Achievement Award
5. John V. Nyfeler, FAIA, Community Service Award
6. Community Vision Award

Please direct any questions regarding Honor Awards submission or procedures to:
Ingrid Spencer
Executive Director, AIA Austin


Nominator Responsibilities:

The nominating member or committee is responsible for preparing the nomination form and all submission materials that are requested by the Honor Awards Committee. The submission package should clearly demonstrate how the nominee's sustained efforts, exceptional achievements, and significant contributions over an extended period, meet the purpose and criteria of the specific Honor Award and elucidate the nominee's impact on the Austin community and/or the profession of architecture. The Honor Awards Committee may request additional information from the nominator after the submission date.



The Firm Achievement Award is the highest honor that AIA Austin can bestow on an architecture firm for outstanding contributions to the community, profession, and/or the creation of distinguished architecture.

Criteria: Candidates will be evaluated on how well they meet the following program criteria pertaining to the firm's architecture and its contributions to the profession and the cummunity:

  • A body of architectural work of great breadth and depth, having influenced the direction or practice of architecture in Austin.
  • Firm and employee contributions and service to the profession.
  • Firm and employee contributions and service to the community.

Eligibility: Practices of any size are eligible for this award. Firms that have been reorganized and whose names have been changed or modified are also eligible, as long as the firm has been in operation for a period of at least 10 years. Firm principals must be AIA members in good standing in the Austin area. No more than one such award shall be made in any year. Award may not be given annually. As a "member firm" of AIA Austin, all eligible firm principals must be current members.

Submission Package: Submissions are to include a completed nomination form, a one-page nominating letter, summary of the firm's contributions, a summary of the firm's history, and a minimum of three letters of support from individuals or organizations outside of the nominated firm.

Previous Award Recipients:

1997 Moore/Andersson Architects
1998 Page Southerland Page
1999 Barnes Architects
2000 TeamHaas
2001 Mell Lawrence Architects
2002 KRDB
2003 Black & Vernooy
2004 Graeber Simmons & Cowan
2005/06 Miro Rivera Architects
2007 McKinney York Architects
2008 Limbacher Godfrey
2009 Dick Clark + Associates
2010 Furman + Keil Architects
2011 Paul Lamb Architects
2012 Taniguchi Architects
2013 Clayton&Little Architects
2014 Cotera+Reed Architects
2015 alterstudio architecture, llp
2016 Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
2017 Baldridge Architects


AIA Austin seeks to honor the achievements of local design professionals in their early years of practice. In 2016, to broaden that recognition, we created two distinct Honor Award categories:


The Emerging Professional Achievement Award recognizes professional achievement and leadership by architects who are in their first 10 years of practice after licensure.

Nominees should exemplify exceptional work and general excellence in the practice of architecture, including but not limited to work in some or all of the following categories: design, construction science, literature, education, service to the profession, public service, historic preservation, research, urban design, government, industry, and architectural practice. The Honor Award is intended to recognize both current accomplishment and future potential.

Eligibility: Nominees must be members of AIA Austin in good standing, licensed to practice architecture, and within their first 10 years of practice after licensure. They may be sole practitioners or in association with a firm. Eligible nominees must have received their license on or after Jan. 1, 2008.

Submission Package: Submissions are to include a completed nomination form, a one-page nominating letter, summary of the nominee's contributions, a resume, a photo, and a minimum of three supporting recommendation letters.

Previous Award Recipients:

1996 Chris Noack, AIA
1997 Jacqueline Dodson, AIA
1998 Suzanne Rose, AIA
1999 Heather Solis, AIA
2000 Michael Wm. Rupe, Assoc. AIA
2001 Brian Roeder, AIA
2002 Amy Hammons, Assoc. AIA
2003 Michele Rossomando, AIA
2004 Michele Van Hyfte
2007 Paul Bielamowicz
2008 Stephen Oliver, AIA
2009 Richard Weiss, AIA
2010 Eva Schone, AIA
2011 Brandon Townsend, AIA
2012 Keith Simon, AIA
2013 Philip Southwick, AIA
2014 John Cameron, AIA
2015 Beau Frail, Assoc. AIA
2016 Jaime Crawley, AIA
2017 Matt Fajkus, AIA


Awarded to an individual Associate AIA member who best exemplifies the highest qualities of leadership, and has demonstrated unparalleled dedication and commitment to the AIA Austin Chapter, the community, and to the profession of architecture. The nominee should be a role model in the organization with these qualities: goes beyond the call of duty in service to the profession, influences improvement in the organization at the local level, encourages participation among fellow members and nonmembers, exemplifies qualities of leadership and of professional practice.

Eligibility: The nominee must be a current Associate Member of AIA Austin who can demonstrate that they are on a path toward licensure.

Submission Package: Submissions are to include a completed nomination form, a one-page nominating letter, summary of the nominee's contributions, a resume, a photograph, and a minimum of two supporting recommendation letters.

Previous Award Recipients:

2016 Wilson Hack, Assoc. AIA
2017 David Goujon, Assoc. AIA

This award is presented to recognize achievements of public sector architects, public officials, or other individuals, by their role as architects or advocates for advancement of the profession of architecture through their work with the public, or from which the public and/or community benefits.

Eligibility: Nominated architecture professionals must be a current member or associate member of AIA Austin. Membership is not a requirement for public officials or other individual advocates.

Submission Package: Submissions are to include a completed nomination form, a one page nominating letter, summary of the nominee's contributions, a photo, and a minimum of two recommendation letters.

Previous Award Recipients:

1998 Lex Acker, AIA
1999 Girard Kinney, AIA
2000 Stan Graves, AIA
2001 Toni Thomasson, AIA
2002 Nathan Schneider, AIA
2003 Jana McCann, AIA
2004 Herman Thun, AIA
2005/06 Greg Kiloh, AIA
2007 Melba Whatley, Hon. TxA
2008 George Adams
2009 Sue Edwards
2010 Will Wynn
2011 Jim Walker
2012 Stuart Sampley, AIA
2013 Kalpana Sutaria, AIA
2014 Richard Morgan
2015 Chris Riley
2016 Jill and Stephen Wilkinson
2017 Sharon Fleming, AIA

Named to acknowledge the first recipient, John V. Nyfeler, FAIA, for his leadership in the community, this award is for an individual AIA Austin member for extended commitment to their community whether or not this service is directly related to the profession. Recipients should demonstrate how their contributions have improved the standard of living of the community or how they have influenced policies that support those improvements.

Eligibility: Nominated architects must be current members of AIA Austin.

Submission Package: Submissions are to include a completed nomination form, a one page nominating letter, summary of the nominee's contributions, a resume, a photo, and a minimum of two supporting recommendation letters.

Previous Award Recipients:

2003 John V. Nyfeler, FAIA
2004 Girard Kinney, AIA
2005/06 Laurie Limbacher, AIA
2007 Karen McGraw, AIA
2008 Tom Hatch, AIA
2009 Juan Cotera, FAIA
2010 Donna Carter, FAIA
2011 Sinclair Black, FAIA
2012 Jana McCann, AIA
2013 Milton E. Hime, AIA
2014 Stephen K. Oliver, AIA
2015 Alan Holt, AIA
2016 Philip Keil, AIA
2017 Jim Susman, AIA

First awarded to Austin Foundation Communities in 2011, this award serves to recognize an individual or organization that has been instrumental in moving forward an affordable housing initiative in the greater Austin area.

Eligibility: Nominees may be an individual or organization (non-profit status is preferred, but not required).

Submission Package: The submission is to include a nominating letter summarizing the individual or organization's contributions, material describing the program or activities and a supporting letter of recommendation.

Previous Award Recipients:

2011 Foundation Communities
2012 Diana McIver
2013 Austin Community Design & Development Center
2014 Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation
2015 Austin Habitat for Humanity
2016 Mobile Loaves and Fishes
2017 Blackland CDC