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

The 32nd annual Lake Superior Design Retreat on February 28–29, 2020 has reached capacity. Registration is closed.

If you would like to be placed on a wait list, please email Deanna Christiansen with the number of people you’d like to register.


Fitger’s Spirit of the North Theater
600 East Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802

Registration fee

The registration fee covers the two-day program, Friday dinner, and Saturday breakfast. Lodging is extra. 
$220 Registration per person

$120 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 (see Additional Meal Costs). Please respect our request to refrain from bringing children under 12 years of age into the auditorium during retreat lectures. 

$120 Full-time students
AIA Northern Minnesota is offering four scholarships to full-time students currently enrolled in an accredited architecture program. Email Ann Mayhew by Feb. 1 for details and to be considered.

Additional meals for guests

Friday dinner: $50 per person
Saturday breakfast: $15 per person
Contact Deanna Christiansen to order these additional meals for guests not registered for the Retreat.


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

$139.99 Standard cityside
$149.99 Standard lakeside
$169.99 Executive suites, cityside or lakeside

Visit for B&B options. Contact Deanna Christiansen 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 2020 Lake Superior Design Retreat.

Click here for a downloadable pdf of the brochure and a paper registration form.
For more info, contact Deanna Christiansen or Ann Mayhew.