Awards & Scholarships

Tom Sutherland Award


The AAA is delighted to announce the creation of a new award that personifies the qualities of the late Tom Sutherland. The Tom Sutherland Award will be awarded annually to a AAA member who exemplifies exceptional leadership qualities, excellence in design and extraordinary service to their community.

The inaugural presentation of the award was posthumously bestowed on Tom Sutherland and accepted by his wife, Sandi Sutherland, at the AAA AGM + PD Symposium on May 9, 2017. 
Many of Tom’s family and friends were on hand to mark the occasion.

Tom was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1961 and studied at the University of Manitoba and Harvard University. He practiced architecture for 10 years in Boston and Toronto before returning to Edmonton where he made many impactful contributions to the community. Tom tragically died in a ski accident during a family vacation in April of 2015. 

The AAA is pleased that Tom’s legacy will be used to recognize professionals who personify his same dedication to positively impacting the professions and his emphatic leadership ability.

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.