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Donovan Nelson Wins AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award

Donovan Nelson, AIA, LEED AP, of HGA has won the 2019 AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award.

The award recognizes AIA Minnesota members who have shown exceptional leadership, have made significant contributions to the profession in the early stage of their architecture career, and have been licensed to practice architecture less than 10 years.

Nelson is a Senior Project Designer specializing in healthcare design and planning. His work includes campus master plans, acute care hospitals, outpatient clinics, medical office buildings, long-term care facilities, and behavioral health facilities.

“My passion is to design buildings that create environments that enhance the human experience of working in, visiting, and being cared for in healthcare facilities,” Nelson said. “I aim to design buildings that give back to society and help people heal.”

Among his notable projects are Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation expansion and renovation in St. Paul; CentraCare Health Long Prairie Community Hospital in Long Prairie, Minnesota; and Children’s National Medical Center Molecular Imaging Center in Washington, D.C.

Donovan has led healthcare clients and design teams to create projects that elevate the experience of patients and their families during the most challenging and important times of their lives,” said Jennifer Yoos, FAIA, Principal at VJAA in Minneapolis, who nominated Nelson for the award. “He has natural leadership abilities and a high degree of personal integrity that gains the support and trust of his colleagues and clients.

Nelson was among four recipients acknowledged for their “demonstrated deep commitment to public service, advancement of the profession, and design that improves communities and user experiences.”

The winners were selected by professionals within the architecture and academic communities.

For more information, visit AIA Minnesota.