Registration now open!

The Lake Superior Design Retreat is an annual, winter weekend extravaganza in Duluth, Minnesota. Architects and others interested in design gather together at the historic Fitger’s Inn to explore the corners of design with six invited design professionals who share their passion for their art and/or craft and discuss their creative stories.

31st Annual

Lake Superior Design Retreat
March 1-2, 2019 in Duluth


Click here if you would the LSDR details, including the Registration Page, as a PDF.

Registration fee

The registration fee covers the two-day program, Friday dinner, and Saturday breakfast. Lodging is extra. 

$180 Registration per person
$100 *Children age 12-18
$100 **Students

*Children 12 and older are welcome to register and attend the entire design retreat weekend. Children under 12 years old are invited to join us for meals (see Additional Meal Costs). Please respect our request to refrain from bringing children under 12 years of age into the auditorium during retreat lectures.

** A limited number of complimentary spaces are being held for students attending the Design Retreat for the first time. Email for details.

Saturday lunch – two choices

Jess Zimbabwe’s presentation on Saturday morning will be at Clyde Iron Works. Immediately following is lunch. Lunch is on your own. Take advantage of being in Duluth and choose from a provided list of restaurants in the area.
For those who’d rather return to Fitger’s, we will provide a soup and salad buffet for an additional $20 pp. 

Additional meals for guests

Contact Deanna Christiansen at to order Friday dinner and/or Saturday breakfast for guests not registered for the Retreat.

Friday dinner: $40 per person
Saturday breakfast: $15 per person

Saturday evening dinner

Our event officially concludes at 6:30 pm Saturday evening. Are you interested in joining a group of other attendees for Saturday dinner? We have reserved a private room at The Boat Club for our guests to dine that evening. All costs for your food and drink will be your responsibility. If this is something you would like to do, please indicate when you register how many seats you’d like to reserve. Deadline: February 15.


We have reserved rooms at Fitger’s Inn at a special rate if booked by February 15. Mention “AIA Minnesota Lake Superior Design Retreat” when you call. Fitger’s Inn (888) 348-4377 (FITGERS) 

$134.99 Standard cityside
$139.99 Standard lakeside
$159.99 Executive class rooms and whirlpool suites, cityside or lakeside

Continuing education

AIA Minnesota is a registered provider with the AIA Continuing Education System. We anticipate up to 6.5 Learning Unit/Hours will be approved for the 2019 Lake Superior Design Retreat.

For more info contact:

Deanna Christiansen