Snow Kreilich Architects Named 2018 AIA Architecture Firm Award Winner

The Snow Kreilich Architects team. Image courtesy AIA.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) board of directors and strategic council have named Snow Kreilich Architects as the winner of the 2018 AIA Architecture Firm Award. The Minneapolis-based firm will formally receive the honor during the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture in New York in June 2018. The award is presented annually to an architecture firm in recognition of a practice that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years. Snow Kreilich Architects was founded in 1995 by Julie Snow, FAIA, who was later joined by partner Matt Kreilich, AIA.

In a letter of support for Snow Kreilich Architects’ nomination, architect Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, wrote: “This is an architecture of use and convenience, permanence, and beauty, deeply rooted to its place, and constructed of materials choreographed in an emotive way, with poetic qualities that move us deeply. Their body of work is distinguished by a restrained formal elegance and a refined minimal tectonic sensibility while avoiding the nostalgic and technological excesses of our discipline. Indeed, they see architecture as a material practice and a cultural act born of a sensual pragmatism.”

CHS Field in St. Paul, Minnesota. Image courtesy Paul Crosby.

Considered the firm’s two most famous projects, the ports of entry for the U.S. Department of Customs and Border Protection on the Canadian border in both Maine and Minnesota demonstrate the firm’s mission to transform the human experience through architecture. Notable for warm materials and glowing interiors, both projects have welcomed tens of thousands of annual U.S. visitors since their completion.

The Van Buren U.S. Land Port of Entry in Van Buren, Maine. Image courtesy Paul Crosby.

Residential project. Image courtesy Paul Crosby.

Additional key works include CHS Field in St. Paul, Minnesota, as well as the B + W House and the KNOCK Inc. headquarters in Minneapolis. In 2017, Snow Kreilich Architects also provided approximately $120,000 in pro bono services to organizations such as the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy in Kenya and the Leatherback Trust in Costa Rica.