Lane Pralle Named a 2020 Henry Adams Medalist

The American Institute of Architects’ annual medal of excellence recognizes top graduating students across the United States and Canada.

RDG Planning & Design is proud to announce that Lane Pralle has been awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal of Excellence. The medal, which AIA has awarded for more than a century, recognizes top graduating students pursuing National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) or Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) accredited degrees, Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture or Doctor of Architecture degree. The award is named in honor of a historian, author and scholar Henry Adams.

“This is an award that only goes to a select few, and we couldn’t be prouder that Lane is one of those individuals,” said RDG Senior Partner Cathy  Neumann, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C. “We’re well aware of his abilities, and especially pleased that his excellence has been recognized by the profession at large. He’s got a great future ahead of him.”

To be considered, schools must submit the name of one graduate student who has displayed “general excellence” throughout their academic career. Iowa State University nominated Pralle in recognition of his outstanding work as the top-ranked graduating student in the Master of Architecture program for the 2019-2020 academic year.

“I was shocked to be awarded the Henry Adams Medal,” said Lane Pralle. “I went for my master’s because I wanted to push myself beyond the typical coursework. The architecture program at ISU has incredible depth, and students are given freedom to choose their coursework. I was able to focus my attention on topics that interest me: computational design, digital fabrication and environmental design.”

Pralle leverages his 3D rendering and urban design skills to contribute to designs for the firm’s Corporate and College & University Markets, as well as work with the RDG Art Studio. Combining his love of travel with a desire to serve others, Pralle has volunteered his time with the Guanin Center in the Dominican Republic, and collaborates with local professionals to plan and build improvements for low-income neighborhoods.


For all media inquiries please contact Erin Van Zee, RDG Communications Director at or call (402) 449-0898.

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