The 13th annual Homes by Architects Tour starts this Saturday, September 26! Read on for tips on how to make the most of this year’s virtual Tour.

Preview what the virtual technology will look like. The virtual tour will be presented online using a technology called Matterport. See what that’s like, and even test it out, using this demo.

Click on the “Mattertags.” As you explore the virtual homes, you’ll discover hotspots where you can hover and learn more about a particular product or feature of the home. Be sure to engage with these to enrich your virtual tour experience.

Don’t miss the extra tour features. The tour experience is more than just the virtual 3D model. Many of the homes’ pages will also include a photo gallery and a video of the architect talking about the project.

Engage with an architect—virtually! Mark your calendar for all of the opportunities to engage with the project architects on this year’s tour. Many of the architecture firms are doing Instagram takeovers and live Zoom chats during the two-week tour. View the schedule here.

  • Q: How do you get access to the Zoom chats?
  • A: Keep an eye out for our emails, and check each home’s page once the Tour is live! (Tour ticket is required to attend the Chats.)

Tour again. And again. And again. This year’s virtual tour is running for two weeks, not just a single weekend. That means you can “tour” at your leisure and view your favorite homes more than once!

Buy a ticket for your friend—or two. In these challenging economic times, $15 can go a long way in supporting the American Institute of Architects Minnesota and, in turn, our members. If you like the tour and are looking forward to future Homes by Architects Tours, help us spread the word.

Still need a ticket to the 13th annual Homes by Architects Tour? Get yours now! Learn more at

The 2020 Tour is supported by Pella Windows & Doors, White Oaks Savanna, SpacecraftingAndersen Windows, Brooke Voss Design, DOM InteriorsFritz Cabinetry, Frost Cabinets, Hagstrom Builder, InUnison Design, Kolbe Gallery Twin Cities, Martha Dayton Design, North ElevationOtto Painting Design, Redpath Constable Interior Design, Redstone Architectural Homes, Showcase Renovations, Streeter Custom Builder, Synergy Products, and Welch Forsman Associates.

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