Joel Davy receives AIA North Dakota's top professional honor

Outstanding Achievement Award

October 7th, 2015

The North Dakota chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has awarded Joel Davy, senior architect at JLG Architects, the Outstanding Achievement Award. The Outstanding Achievement Award is the highest professional designation presented by the state chapters and “acknowledges the achievements of the member architect as an individual and elevates before the public and the profession a model architect who has made significant career-long contributions to architecture, the chapter, and society.” Joel was honored at the AIA North Dakota annual conference in Fargo, ND.



With over three decades of experience, dozens of design awards, and an extensive resume educating architecture students, Joel has had a major influence on North Dakota’s architectural landscape.

Joel’s projects around the country include Valley City State University Rhoades Hall, Mayville State University’s Science-Library, Minot State University’s Gordon Olson Library, North Dakota State University’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Minnesota State University Hagen Hall, University of California San Diego Instruction & Research Facility, Torrance Cultural Arts Center, University of Alberta Timm’s Centre, Confluence Area Interpretive Center, and the North Dakota Heritage Center, which received the AIA North Dakota Test of Time Award. One of his projects was named Time Magazine’s Top Ten Designs in 1982, and he received First Place in the St. Louis Lafayette Square National Design Competition.

Joel received a Bachelor of Architecture from North Dakota State University in 1971, and returned to educate his fellow students as an Assistant Professor after graduating from Columbia University with a Master of Architecture in 1974. He started his career working for such firms as LWA Architects in San Diego and SOM/Rosenthal in Los Angeles. Years later, Joel led two of the largest firms in North Dakota – JLG Architects and Foss Associates.

Joel sits on the Advisory Board of the NDSU College of Engineering & Architecture and has been an Adjunct Professor over the past 15 years. In addition, Joel is a member of the Society of College and University Planners (SCUP) and was a part of the Minnesota Design Team. Joel has been a member of the American Institute of Architects since graduation, and was a member of the Executive Board and President from 2003 – 2005. Joel pursued his passion for historic preservation as a member of the North Dakota Historic Preservation Review Board and the Fargo Building Inspection Board of Appeals. He has also held a board position with the Rourke Art Museum.


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