Sponsored by the AIA Minnesota Housing Advocacy Committee and Government Affairs Committee

Join Mayors Melvin Carter III (St. Paul), Jacob Frey (Minneapolis), and Emily Larson (Duluth) for a discussion of the affordable housing issue in their respective cities and how architects can help each mayor achieve their vision for expanding affordable housing.


Melvin Carter, III is the Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota. He began his first term in 2018. In his previous role on the St. Paul City Council, Mayor Carter spearheaded the creation of a $2.5 million City Affordable Housing Trust Fund to help homeowners in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. He proposed a $10 million Housing Trust Fund in his 2019 budget.

Jacob Frey is the Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He began his first term in 2018. Addressing the shortage of affordable housing in the cities has been one of his top priorities both before and since his election. He has proposed a $50 million investment in affordable housing from a permanent source, and is working on zoning and renter supports to expand potential locations for affordable housing projects and protect the current supply.

Emily Larson is the Mayor of Duluth Minnesota. She has been serving in that role since 2016. She has been working on affordable and workforce housing in Duluth throughout her tenure, and has been instrumental in bringing several projects to completion during her tenure.

Nathan Johnson, AIA, NOMA, president of AIA Minnesota and principal at 4RM+ULA Architecture in St. Paul, will serve as the moderator.

This event is part of A’18 MN The Minnesota Conference on Architecture.  Prior to the Mayoral Panel you are invited to the A’18 MN Exhibit Hall in Hall D of the Minneapolis Convention Center.  The Exhibit Hall is open and free to everyone.  There will be fun, food, and entertainment!

Pre-registration for this event has concluded.  

Contact Sheri Hansen for information or to attend.