AIA St. Paul invites architectural designers and architects within 10 years of graduating from an accredited professional degree program to participate in the 2022 St. Paul Prize Design Competition. This annual competition celebrates and recognizes innovative ideas by young design professionals. After a year hiatus, the program has been restructured to focus on themes of equity and community inclusion. 

Design Challenge

This year’s prompt is inspired by a local non-profit that is seeking to design a co-working space for nonprofit organizations. The proposed site for this project is an underutilized building in downtown St. Paul with a once-vibrant public plaza. The challenge will be to create the co-working space and to reactivate the adjacent public plaza that has been in disuse since the pandemic.

Upon registration, entrants will receive the complete competition brief.

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Competition Dates

The competition brief will be shared with all registrants on Friday, November 11 at 12:00 p.m.
Submittals are due by Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 12:00 pm CT.


Individuals must meet both requirements in order to be eligible for participation:

  1. Must be within 10 years of graduating from an accredited professional degree program with either a B.Arch or a M.Arch degree
  2. Must live or work in Minnesota

Entrants may participate individually or in teams of two participants.


A total prize pool of $1,500 will be awarded to the top two entrants as determined by the jury.

Entry Fee

$25, payable at the time of registration.

Submission Materials

Submittals will be accepted electronically as PDF files, 300 dpi minimum resolution, in the form of two 24″ x 36″ digital project boards. See competition brief for full requirements.


All entry participant names are anonymous during the judging. Jury members may include AIA St. Paul members, architects, members of the AIA St. Paul Board, previous competition winners, local artists, or city/community representatives.

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Questions? Contact Angie McKinley.