In addition to the Religious Art and Architecture Awards, the AIA Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture (IFRAA) sponsors the Elbert M. Conover Memorial Award and the Edward S. Frey Award. Unlike the Religious Art and Architecture Awards, this award is bestowed upon individuals rather than projects.
The Edward S. Frey Memorial Award was established in 1981 by IFRAA, Inc. (which later became a part of the AIA). This award is given to an architect to recognize his or her contributions to religious architecture and support of the allied arts.
Rev. Dr. Frey dedicated his life to his work as the Executive Director of the Commission on Church Architecture for the Lutheran Church of America. In that role he inspired architects to foster spiritual values in design.
Dr. Frey was instrumental in fostering the three organizations that eventually melded together to form the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture. He worked tirelessly for half century writing, lecturing, and mentoring.