Residential projects designed by a registered architect—or a team where a registered architect is the lead designer—who is a current AIA Minnesota member are eligible. Projects may be new construction, remodels or additions, and must have been completed within the last six years (as of January 1, 2021) or, if new construction, must be scheduled for completion by September 1, 2021.
Projects should exemplify the best qualities of an architect’s work, demonstrate an innovative use of design solutions and/or materials, and tell a compelling story. Single-room or small-in-scope projects may undergo additional scrutiny to ensure they adequately illustrate the objectives of the event.
Submit Your Project Now
Projects are now being being accepted for submission for consideration (completing a submission does not ensure a spot on the tour). Submissions are completed electronically using AIA Minnesota’s online awards platform. The deadline to submit without incurring a late fee is Monday, April 5 at 11:59 pm CT. Projects submitted after this date are subject to a $100 late fee.
There is no fee to submit a project for consideration. Selection of the 2021 tour homes will occur in early May by the AIA Minnesota residential architecture committee, with final approval by AIA Minnesota staff. All submitters will be notified about the final selections after May 5, 2021. Participation fees will be collected at that time. See the Call for Entries for full details.
New for 2021: Choose Live or Virtual Option
In an effort to produce a tour that is more inclusive to practitioners and firms outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, homeowners who do not feel comfortable hosting tourgoers in their home, and tourgoers who have challenges with mobility, AIA Minnesota is pleased to offer an option for a limited number of projects to be showcased virtually instead of in the traditional, live format. In the virtual scenario, a project will be showcased completely virtually and online through photography and videos (provided by the architect) and via a virtual Matterport tour (coordinated by AIA Minnesota).
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Why Participate in the Tour?
Get your work in front of a broad local audience
The Homes by Architects Tour is promoted through digital, print, television and radio media channels to a broad consumer audience. When your firm participates in the tour you benefit from that broad scale promotion, and you’ll have the chance to speak with hundreds of tour visitors who come through your project during the two days of the tour.
Expand your contact database
Collect contact information from tour visitors to expand your mailing list and grow your list of potential clients.
Help make architecture more accessible, understandable and highly valued
With this event, AIA Minnesota strives to demonstrate to the public the value of architect-led residential design in our community. Your work helps convey that message.
Take advantage of the promotional benefits of the tour
AIA Minnesota partners with PR firm Nemer Fieger to promote and market the tour regionally and invests $60,000 in print, digital, and radio advertising.
Questions? Contact Angie McKinley.