2019 Call for Entries

Through a partnership between AIA Minnesota and the Star Tribune, each year twelve architect-designed residential projects are selected from among a competitive pool of submissions to be the subject of a monthly feature article in the Star Tribune’s Sunday Homes & Gardens section reaching more than 550,000 readers. The 2019 program begins in June and ends in May 2020. The articles appear in the Star Tribune’s print and digital publications.

The objectives of the program are to educate the public about the value of architect-led residential design; to showcase a range of project types, styles, and budgets; and to support Minnesota’s vibrant residential architecture community through increased exposure to a public audience.

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Entry Fee

$110 per project. Payment by credit card can be made during the electronic submission process.


To be eligible for submission, a project must be:

  • Designed by a current AIA Minnesota member who is a registered architect, or by a team of professionals where the lead designer is an AIA Minnesota registered architect;
  • A single-family, new construction project OR a radical transformation of an existing single-family residence in Minnesota or western Wisconsin. The transformation must include significant change to the existing dwelling as well as new construction;
  • Completed on or after January 1, 2014;
  • Not previously featured in the Star Tribune (entry may be a previous winner of a RAVE, BLEND or AIA Honor Award and may have been previously published in other publications or magazines);
  • To ensure the highest editorial quality, the Star Tribune writer must be able to speak with, quote and name the homeowner(s) within the article. It is the Star Tribune’s editorial policy to identify all quoted sources using first and last names.

Submission Deadline

Submit all required materials and information and pay the entry fee using AIA Minnesota’s online awards platform by the entry deadline of March 11, 2019 at 5:00 pm CDT.

Selection of Projects

A panel of professionals will be gathered to review submissions and select the twelve Home of the Month projects following the entry deadline. Panel will be comprised of two architects, a representative of the Star Tribune and one additional panelist to be determined by the AIA Minnesota Residential Architecture Committee.

The review and selection process will be monitored by an AIA Minnesota staff member and will be blind with regard to the number of projects that are selected from any one firm. Each member of the panel will have equal weight in the selection process. Project authorship will remain concealed throughout the deliberations of the selection panel.

Selection Criteria

The Home of the Month program is not an awards program, but rather seeks to showcase a broad range of residential project styles, types, and budgets. The elements of the submission should convey a compelling story and illustrate the architectural innovation, response to the program, and distinguishing features of the project. Avoid lengthy descriptions of features described via graphic images.

Project authorship must be concealed in all submission materials. It is the entrant’s responsibility to make sure the architect’s name and/or firm name is not revealed on file names, in narratives or on plans. Failure to follow this requirement will disqualify the entry.

Specific Submission Requirements

NEW IN 2019: A project board is no longer a submission requirement
All entry materials should be submitted electronically using AIA Minnesota’s online awards platform. The following items are required as part of the complete submission:

  • Entrant details: lead architect and project team member names, firm information
  • Project details: project type, size, location, completion date
  • Project description of 1,000 words or less
  • Signed consent from the homeowners giving approval to submit the project for consideration
  • Project images: Each entry must include at least 3 interior photo images, 1 exterior photo image (for new build projects), floor plans, and site plan, with the total number of images and plans submitted not to exceed 10. 

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Save the Date: Home of the Month event

The Star Tribune and AIA Minnesota will host an event at the American Swedish Institute on the evening of Thursday, April 25 to recognize the Home of the Month program and to offer a preview of the next slate of selected projects to be featured. Attendance by firms who have submitted projects is encouraged, as it offers a valuable opportunity to network with the public audience. Your submission entitles you to one (1) complimentary ticket to this event.

Questions? Contact Angie McKinley.