The Minneapolis Chapter of AIA Minnesota hosts several events throughout the year to bring members together for networking and recognition. They include monthly luncheons, the Minneapolis Preservation Awards, the Merit Awards, the annual Golf Outing, Bowling Nite, and various charrettes.

Doors Open Minneapolis

Doors Open Minneapolis is a weekend-long event that allows the public free, behind-the-scenes access to buildings in the City of Minneapolis that are architecturally, culturally, or socially significant. The inaugural event was a success May 18–19, 2019.

Learn more about Doors Open Minneapolis. 

Minneapolis Preservation Awards

After a hiatus in 2018, The 2019 Minneapolis Preservation Award accepted submissions for ward categories the include preservation projects, additions to historic structures, new construction in historic districts, advocacy, and leadership.  A new category this year was the preservation gem – recognition of a small project or detail that exhibits exceptional craft, adherence to preservation standards, and tells a good story.  Look for opportunities to nominate projects and people again in 2020!

View the 2019 Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards Press release.
the 2017 Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards press release.

Learn more about the Minneapolis Preservation Awards. 

Merit Awards

The Merit Awards recognize projects by AIA Minneapolis architects that tell a story of excellence beyond design, public interest design, and the variety of forces that shape a building.

View the 2019 Merit Award Press Release
the 2018 Merit Award Press Release
View the 2017 Merit Award Press Release.

Learn more about the Merit Awards.

AIA Minneapolis Golf Outing

Our annual golf outing occurs in late July and is held at Majestic Oaks Golf Club. It is a great day of golf followed by an enjoyable dinner and banquet with lots of prizes! The golf tournament raises money for the Minnesota Architectural Foundation. Event is limited to 288 golfers, taken on a first come basis.

Contact Pam Nelson for information.

AIA Minneapolis Bowling Nite

The AIA Minneapolis Chapter Bowling Nite is typically held in late February at Bryant Lake Bowl in South Minneapolis. Organized by AIA Minneapolis Chapter Strike Force.

University of Minnesota, College of Design Fellowship

The chapter annually awards a University of Minnesota, School of Architecture student with a merit-based fellowship.  This year’s scholarship was enhanced by a grant from AIA’s Component Matching Grant program.