Congratulations to our 2020 Honor Award Winners!


Honor awards will be presented at the Austin Foundation for Architecture's Form: Function at The Independent. This event was scheduled to be held on March 24, but is now postponed. We will find another date and reschedule when possible.

Firm Achievement Award: Page/

Emerging Professional Achievement Award: Lucy Begg, AIA

Associate Member of the Year: Christine Sheng, Assoc. AIA

Alan Yamato Taniguchi Award for Public Architecture: Senator Kirk Watson

John V. Nyfeler, FAIA, Community Service Award: Benny L. Hawkins, AIA

Community Vision Award: Clarksville Community Development Corporation

Honorary AIA Austin Member: Sue Edwards

The 2020 Honor Awards Selection Committee is:

Chair: David Kilpatrick, AIA
Chris Cobb, AIA
Ada Corral, AIA
Michael Hargens, AIA
Murray Legge, FAIA
Kim Power, AIA
Earl Swisher, AIA

Thank you to our Honor Award Underwriters:




Encotech Engineering Consultants

Foursquare Builders

Roger O'Brien

Melba Whatley, Hon. TxA

    Honor Award Categories


    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.

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    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 community: 1.A body of architectural work of great breadth and depth, having influenced the direction or practice of architecture in Austin. 2. Firm and employee contributions and service to the profession. 3. 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
    2018 STG Design
    2019 Webber+Studio, 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: Emerging Professionals and Associate Member of the Year.


    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, 2009.

    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
    2018 Shelby Blessing, AIA
    2019 Diana Su, 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
    2018 Gerardo Gandy, Assoc. AIA
    2019 Ricardo Maga Rojas, Assoc. AIA

    (Formerly the Edwin Waller Award for Public Architecture)

    This award is presented to recognize achievements of architects, public officials, or other individuals for their role as advocates for the advancement of architecture through their work with the public, or from which the public and/or community benefits. To reflect the breadth and evolution of Austin's architecture as well as the diversity of the community who shapes it, this award will be jointly presented by AIA Austin and the Austin Foundation for Architecture with a new name beginning in 2020. Formerly named after Edwin Waller, Austin's first mayor, for his early contributions to the City, including the establishment of the original city grid, the Award for Public architecture is renamed in honor of Alan Taniguchi. As an early stalwart for social consciousness and environmental sensitivity through the practice of architecture, Taniguchi's professional and academic legacies remain relevant to the criteria that currently shapes our city.

    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
    2018 Not Awarded
    2019 Alan Holt, 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
    2018 CodeNext Advocacy Team

    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
    2018 The Housing Authority of the City of Austin