Awards & Scholarships

Tom Sutherland Award


Well-renowned local architect, long-time AAA member and Firm Managing Principal at Dialog Design, Tom Sutherland, died in a tragic ski accident on April 2, 2015. He had been vacationing in Fernie, B.C., with his wife, Sandi, and their four children.

The AAA created an award in Tom Sutherland‘s honour. Every year, the award honours and recognizes a member of the AAA who exemplifies exceptional leadership qualities within the architectural or interior design sector in Alberta, advances the profession, and demonstrates extraordinary service to the community. These are the qualities personified by Mr. Sutherland.

Tom’s family accepted the inaugural award on his behalf in the spring of 2017. Mr. L. Fredrick Valentine is the first recipient and was presented with the award at the 2018 Banff Session.

To learn more about Tom and his projects, please click here.

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AAA President's Medal
The AAA President's Medal is awarded to one graduating architecture student from the University of Calgary and one graduating interior design student from Mount Royal University. These students, in the judgement of their faculties, have achieved the highest level of academic excellence and/or have completed the most outstanding final design these for that academic year. The medals are awarded annually at the AAA Induction Ceremomy.

Cecil Burgess Scholarship
The Cecil Scott Burgess Scholarship is available to a student enrolled in the architecture program at the University of Calgary. The scholarship, in honor of prominent architect and philanthropist Cecil Scott Burgess, is awarded based on the student's display of intellectual abilities and skill in their field of study; including clear, lucid and creative delineation techniques.