The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Nevada Design & Service Awards Records (2015-2016) is comprised entirely of digital files of forms and project submittals for one of its sub-programs: the AIA Nevada Excellence In Design Awards. These projects primarily pertain to Las Vegas, Nevada, but include other locations throughout Nevada, the United States, and internationally. Project types include residences, commercial buildings, public facilities, and educational buildings.
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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Nevada Design & Service Awards Records (2015-2016) is comprised entirely of digital files for one of its sub-programs: the AIA Nevada Excellence In Design Awards. These projects primarily pertain to Las Vegas, Nevada, but also include other locations throughout Nevada such as Reno, Carson City, and Lake Tahoe, as well as locations throughout the United States include California, Utah, Connecticut, Michigan, and New Mexico. International locations include Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and China.
Project types consist of residences, commercial buildings, public facilities, and educational buildings. Residence types include single and multi-family residences. Commercial buildings designed are restaurants, bars, offices, banks, and Las Vegas resort shops. Public facilities are comprised of national park, community, cultural, and transportation centers. Educational buildings encompass K-12 classrooms, gymnasiums and pool facilities, as well as university campus buildings.
This collection also contains award submittal forms, project presentation files, computer-generated images for unbuilt designs, and project photographs for built designs.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Las Vegas Chapter’s roots date back to 1939, when architects in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada formed the Nevada State Association of Architects (NSAA). Within ten years, the NSAA created a state architectural registration law and a regulatory body, allowing for the Nevada State Board of Architecture's establishment. The first state board members were architects Leman Ferris, Russell Mills, and Edward Persons of Reno, as well as architects Aloysius McDonald and Walter F. Zick of Las Vegas.
In 1949, NSAA members reestablished themselves as the AIA Nevada Chapter. The chapter originally met in Tonopah, Nevada as a midway point between Reno and Las Vegas, but its members regarded the travel distance as too great. In 1954, Las Vegas architects requested a charter from the AIA to create the AIA Las Vegas Chapter, while the remaining members reestablished themselves as the AIA Reno Chapter. The AIA Las Vegas Chapter was officially established on January 6, 1956, with Walter F. Zick serving as the first president. Since then, both chapters have worked toward protecting the architectural profession and raising the quality of architectural design. The two chapters are collectively known as AIA Nevada.
Projects and services associated with AIA Nevada include city master planning, firm advertisement, outreach programs, and scholarships for Nevada architectural students. AIA Nevada also holds the Nevada Design & Service Awards annually, which includes the AIA Nevada Distinguished Service Awards and the AIA Nevada Excellence In Design Awards sub-programs. These awards highlight significant projects by Nevada-based architects and designers to elevate architecture's standard of quality.
Lavigne, Randy. “History of AIA LV.” AIA Las Vegas. 2006. Accessed June 26, 2019. https://www.aialasvegas.org/page/2
These records are organized into two series:
I. AIA 2015 Excellence In Design Awards, 2015;
II. AIA 2016 Excellence In Design Awards, 2016.
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Nevada Design & Service Awards Records, 2015-2016. MS-00897. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.
Materials were donated in 2018 by the American Institute of Architects Las Vegas Chapter; accession number 2018-045.
In 2019, Tammi Kim and Jimmy Chang processed the digital materials stored on USB flash drives and optical discs. Some files were damaged or corrupted, and access copies were not created. Jimmy Chang then wrote the finding aid and entered the data into ArchivesSpace.
Further additions to these records are anticipated.