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 2021 event has been cancelled. 

Learn more about Doors Open Minneapolis. 

Minneapolis Preservation Awards

The Minneapolis Preservation Awards recognize preservation projects, additions to historic structures, new construction in historic districts, advocacy, and leadership.  The newest category added is 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 early January 2022!

Read the 2022 Minneapolis Preservation Awards prep release.
View the 2021 Minneapolis Preservation Awards press release.
View the 2020 Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards news 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.

Read the 2022 Merit Award Press Release
the 2021 Merit Award Press Release
View the 2020 Merit Award Press Release

Learn more about the Merit Awards.

AIA Minneapolis Golf Outing

Our annual golf outing occurs on July 22, 2023 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 March at Bryant Lake Bowl in South Minneapolis. Organized by AIA Minneapolis Chapter Strike Force. Watch for more details to come.

Student Scholarships

The chapter annually awards University of Minnesota, School of Architecture and Dunwoody College of Technology, School of Design students with a merit-based fellowship scholarships.  This year’s scholarship was enhanced by a grant from AIA’s Component Matching Scholarship Grant program.