The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors selected Minneapolis-based Vincent James Associates Architects (VJAA) for the 2012 AIA Architecture Firm Award. In a press release announcing the award, AIA recognized VJAA’s “consistently rigorous approach to research-driven form-making.” The Firm Award is the highest honor given to an architecture firm.
Two of the three VJAA principals are graduates of the University of Minnesota School of Architecture. All three currently teach at the school: Vincent James, FAIA, is Cass Gilbert Visiting Professor; Jennifer Yoos (BArch ’91) is an adjunct professor; and Nathan Knutson (MArch ’94) is a professor in practice. VJAA’s staff also includes Dzenita Hadziomerovic (MArch ’06) and Nat Madson (MArch ’07), both adjunct instructors at the college. A team led by VJAA, which included associate professor of architecture Marc Swackhamer and associate professor of art Diane Willow, won the Weisman Art Museum Plaza Design Competition in November.
AIA also announced that Steven Holl, architect for the 2002 addition to Rapson Hall, will receive the 2012 AIA Gold Medal. The Gold Medal is given to an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.
VJAA and Holl will be honored during the 2012 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Washington, D.C., in May.
left to right) VJAA architects Nathan Knutson, Vincent James, and Jennifer Yoos.
Steven Holl, recipient of the 2012 AIA Gold Medal