30 Years of Impact!

Throughout the next year, Search for Shelter Design Charrette will celebrate 30 Years of Impact. Watch here for details on upcoming events.

Search for Shelter helps local and regional affordable housing organizations envision beautiful, innovative design solutions for projects that previously existed only in written form.

Each year at Search for Shelter, nearly 50 volunteer architects, landscape architects, interior designers, and students, spend a weekend creating pro bono solutions for up to ten design projects submitted by Minnesota affordable housing and/or homeless non-profit organizations.  Design volunteers work in teams to create viable, graphic solutions and plans, to serve as visual tools for agencies to use in obtaining further project funding, to promote their organization, and to serve as preliminary development/building plans. 

Questions regarding Search for Shelter? Contact AIA Minnesota.

View the Search for Shelter video.

Read the Finance & Commerce article.

2017 Search for Shelter Design Charrette

This year's SFS Design Charette will take place at Rapson Hall, February 17-19, 2017. If you are an organization who's interested in submitting the call for entry to be considered for free design assistance, please complete the application form.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Committee Co-chair, Claire Lonsbury

2016 Search for Shelter Design Charrette

Read the 2016 Search for Shelter Design Charrette press release.

Download the Continuing Education form.

Eight Minnesota nonprofit agencies were assisted during the 2015 Search for Shelter Design Charrette. Click the links below to view the design vision boards for each agency:
Alliance Housing Inc.
ASANDC (Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation)
Catholic Charities
City of Princeton Economic Development Authority
Corcoran Neighborhood Organization
Mora HRA
TC Habitat for Humanity
White Earth Enterprises, LLC

2015 Search for Shelter Design Charrette

Eight Minnesota nonprofit agencies were assisted during the 2015 Search for Shelter Design Charrette. Click the links below to view the design vision boards for each agency:

Aeon
Alafia Place
Alliance_Housing, Inc.
Anna Marie's Alliance
Avenues for Homeless Youth
Rebuilding TC
The Salvation Army
Womens' Advocates

2014 Search for Shelter Design Charrette

Nine Minnesota nonprofit agencies were assisted during the 2014 Search for Shelter Design Charrette. Click the links below to view each agency's design vision boards:

Sarah's Oasis
Project for Pride in Living
Model Cities Supportive Housing
City of Lakes — Glenwood Site
Catholic Charities Opportunity Center
Ascension Place
ARMS Dorm Housing
Tubman Center West
Kingfield Neighborhood Association