The Lake Superior Design Retreat is an annual winter weekend getaway in Duluth, Minnesota. Architects and others interested in design gather together at 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. Past speakers have represented a variety of professions such as dancers, architects, journalists, sculptors, explorers, scientists, storytellers, photographers, singers, economists, engineers of many kinds, and a diverse array of thinkers, designers and artists. This is an AIA Minnesota event unlike any other!  

Special Offer…

for AIA Minnesota Young Professionals and General Public of Greater Minnesota

Experience the Lake Superior Design Retreat. Your complimentary registration includes the two-day program, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch, afternoon workshop and tour. Lodging is extra. 

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Speakers Confirmed for the 2018 Design Retreat

Billie Faircloth, AIA – partner, Kieran Timberlake
Leads a transdisciplinary group of professionals leveraging research, design, and problem-solving processes from fields as diverse as environmental management, chemical physics, materials science, and architecture.

Dessa – rapper, singer, essayist
With the Doomtree collective–the ascendant Minneapolis hip-hop crew. She has made a career out of bucking traditional genre designations–rapping at Lollapalooza, arranging for full choir, and co-writing classical works for an orchestra.

Kao Kalia Yang – author, activist, teacher
Author of the award-winning book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Coffee House Press, 2008) and the book, The Song Poet (Metropolitan Books, 2016).

Kate Sutton-Johnson – 3D designer
3D designer specializing in environmental, exhibit, and stage design for both live events and permanent installations. Recipient of the 2007 Ivey Award for Emerging Artist and the 2016 Ivey Award for Set Design.

Mary Anne Wise – co-founder, Cultural Cloth
Esteemed American textile artist, curator and visionary advocate for indigenous textile traditions.

Amara Hark-Weber – shoemaker, artist, and educator
In her St Paul workshop, Amara makes English welted, German welted, pegged, cemented, and Norwegian sewn shoes. All custom-made for individual clients.