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IAF Recognizes Leaders in Community Enhancement Through Architecture and Design

John & Mary Pappajohn and Grinnell College

DES MOINES, IOWA, October 16, 2020 – Be sure not to miss the virtual awards presentation by Iowa Architectural Foundation (IAF) on Tuesday, October 20 from 5:30 – 6:00 PM. The Foundation will be honoring the two 2020 recipients of its prestigious Community Enhancement Through Architecture & Design AwardsJohn & Mary Pappajohn of Des Moines, and Grinnell College, are the 2020 honorees. The selection process included a statewide call for entries and selection by a jury of five, including architects and community leaders Rob Whitehead, AIA, ISU; Jessica Rowe, The Des Moines Public Art Foundation, Janis Ruan, Thomas Leslie, AIA, ISU and Jeff Shaffer, AIA, BNIM. 

Sign up now on Eventbrite and you will receive your personal link by email on the day of the event for watching the community celebration. Be sure to grab a glass of bubbly to celebrate with us! The event includes interviews with the winners and an architectural romp around the State to admire their many contributions to our collective landscape. The event is free and open to the public, across Iowa and beyond. 

The sponsors who are making this possible include the Iowa Architectural Foundation and the following: Gold Sponsors: Raker Rhodes Engineering and RDG Planning & Design; Silver Sponsors: The Waldinger Corporation; Bronze Sponsors: ASI Signage, KFMG and Ron Sorenson, Neumann Monson Architects and Willdan Commercial New Construction Program.

The program recognizes those individuals, organizations, agencies, or communities, outside the architectural profession, who have demonstrated consistent and effective leadership, vision, and support for architecture, or have repeatedly championed the cause of architecture or acted as a benefactor of architecture and house extension ideas, all of which has contributed to the betterment of Iowa communities. Quality architecture and urban design can play a big part in making communities more livable – affecting our environment, sustainability, health, culture, identity and economy. 

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