Paul Mellblom wins AIA MN Louis Lundgren Award
AIA Minnesota Recognizes Paul Mellblom as 2013 Louis Lundgren Award Recipient
Paul C. N. Mellblom, AIA, principal at MSR Minneapolis, is the recipient of the AIA Minnesota 2013 Louis Lundgren Award.
The American Institute of Architects – Minnesota Louis Lundgren Award annually recognizes one architect for their dedication to the profession of architecture through community volunteer activities and professional leadership. AIA Minnesota’s Committee on Design selected Mellblom because of his exemplary volunteerism.
Mellblom has a strong history of volunteerism, leadership, and advocacy throughout the architectural profession and specifically within Twin Cities’ affordable housing communities and initiatives for urban youth. He has been an active voice for Rebuilding Together, Community Shares, YouthCARE, Clare Housing, and many other charitable programs. In addition to his community service work, Paul shares volunteer opportunities, such as pro bono design projects, with MSR staff, encouraging them to take on volunteer challenges.
Mellblom is an AIA Minnesota Young Architect Award recipient (2005), a Twin Cities Business Monthly Emerging Leader Award recipient (2007), and serves on many boards of directors including: the East Downtown Council, ReBuild Together Twin Cities, and Minnesota Museum of Art. He donates his time to pro bono design efforts and leads the firm’s participation in pro bono projects through The 1% Program (a national AIA Public Architecture program). He extends his dedication to the greater good of the community by advancing MSR’s work in the areas of affordable housing and projects for nonprofit organizations, seeking to provide well-designed, uplifting environments for some of the most disadvantaged members of the Twin Cities area.
“There are many things that I like best about Paul, including his enthusiasm for urban youth, his commitment to building stronger communities, his respect for others, and his strong commitment to living and working in a multicultural community. I sincerely appreciate Paul’s strong work and volunteer ethic, the fact that he is very organized, and how willing he is to give his time, energy, and expertise,” said a Craig Luedemann, Executive Director of YouthCARE.
Paul C. N. Mellblom, AIA, will receive his award at the annual AIA Minnesota Awards Celebration on Friday, December 6, 2013, at McNamara Alumni Center, at the University of Minnesota Campus in Minneapolis.