Join us In-Person for the 35th Annual Lake Superior Design Retreat
February 24-25, 2023

After two years of a virtual “retreat,” the Lake Superior Design Retreat is going back to Duluth for an in-person event at Fitger’s Inn. Register now »

The Lake Superior Design Retreat is an annual, winter weekend extravaganza in Duluth, Minnesota. Architects and those interested in design gather at the historic Fitger’s Inn along Lake Superior to explore the corners of design with six invited creative design professionals who share their passion for their art and/or craft and discuss their creative stories.


Fitger’s Inn – 600 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802; (888) 348-4377

Event Registration Fee

The registration fee covers the two-day program, Friday dinner, and Saturday breakfast. Lodging is extra. 

$255 Registration per person
$125 Full time students (contact Ann Mayhew for scholarship opportunities)
$125 Children age 12-18. Children 12 and older are welcome to register and attend the entire design retreat weekend. Children under 12 years old are invited to join us for meals (contact Deanna Christiansen for details). Please respect our request to refrain from bringing children under 12 years of age into the auditorium during Retreat lectures. 

Deadline Extended! AIA Northern Minnesota Student Scholarship:
AIA Northern Minnesota is providing four (4) scholarships of $250 each.

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a NAAB-accredited architecture program and either be from the northern Minnesota region or have interest in moving there after graduation. Scholarship recipients will be expected to attend the Retreat in its entirety, write a 300-word essay afterward on their experience, and will be invited to an optional meet-and-greet with the AIA Northern Minnesota board of directors.

To be considered, please email Ann Mayhew with the following information:
— Full name
— Year, program, and school
— Paragraph on your connection to northern Minnesota and/or your interest in moving there after graduation.

Applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis.


We have reserved rooms at Fitger’s Inn at a special rate if booked by February 17. Mention “AIA Minnesota Lake Superior Design Retreat” when you call. Fitger’s Inn (888) 348-4377 

Cityside rooms – Standard, Deluxe, Luxury:  $184.99 + tax
Lakeside rooms – Standard, Deluxe, Luxury:  $199.99 + tax

Executive Class and Suites:
Cityside rooms – $229.99 + tax
Lakeside rooms – $259.99 + tax

Visit for B&B options or call 1.800.4.DULUTH for other lodging suggestions. 

Continuing Education

AIA Minnesota is a registered provider with the AIA Continuing Education System. We anticipate up to 6.0 Learning Unit/Hours will be approved for the 2023 Lake Superior Design Retreat.