Search for Shelter helps local and regional affordable housing organizations envision beautiful, innovative design solutions for projects that previously existed only in written form.

Each year at Search for Shelter, nearly 50 volunteer architects, landscape architects, interior designers, and students, spend a weekend creating pro bono solutions for up to ten design projects submitted by Minnesota affordable housing and/or homeless nonprofit organizations. Design volunteers work in teams to create viable, graphic solutions and plans, to serve as visual tools for agencies to use in obtaining further project funding, to promote their organization, and to serve as preliminary development/building plans. 

Questions regarding Search for Shelter? Contact AIA Minnesota.

View the Search for Shelter video.

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2021 Search for Shelter Design Charrette

The 2021 Search for Shelter Design Charrette will be virtual, giving you new ways to engage and more flexibility in the schedule! 

Friday, February 12, 6:00 pm: Kickoff event and team meeting with client
Sunday, February 21, 12:00 pm: Closing event with client presentations

Teams will be able to schedule their 20 hours of work between February 12 and February 21 based on times that work for them! 

Agencies will be able to participate without travel! Sign up by Friday, January 15 using this form.

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2020 Search for Shelter Design Charrette

Six Minnesota nonprofit agencies participated the 2020 Search for Shelter charrette in February. Click the links below to view the design vision boards for each agency:

City of Pine City
Eagle Bend Economic Development Co.
Healing Opportunity Provided Equally (HOPE)
Neighborhood Development Alliance
Northside Residents Redevelopment Council
Violence Intervention Project

2019 Search for Shelter Design Charrette

Six Minnesota nonprofit agencies participated the 2019 Search for Shelter charrette in February. Click the links below to view the design vision boards for each agency:

Catholic Charities
Citizens for Backus
Kanabec County Economic Development Authority
Minnesota Design Center/Settled.
Northland Counseling
Tubman


2018 Search for Shelter Design Charrette

Five Minnesota non-profit agencies participated in the 2018 Search for Shelter charrette in February. Click the links below to view the design vision boards for each agency:

Amherst Wilder Foundation (Child Care Facility)
Avenues Homeless Youth
East Side Neighborhood Development Corporation
Minnesota Design Center/HCMC
Project Sweetie Pie

2017 Search for Shelter Design Charrette

Seven Minnesota non-profit agencies were assisted during the 2017 charrette in February. Click the links below to view the design vision boards for each agency:

Alliance Housing Inc.
Catholic Charities
Friends of Fairview
Midtown Greenway Coalition
Northside Residents Redevelopment Council (NRRC)
Partners for Affordable Housing (PAH)
People Serving People

Download the 2017 Search for Shelter Press Release (PDF)

2016 Search for Shelter Design Charrette

Read the 2016 Search for Shelter Design Charrette press release.

Eight Minnesota non-profit agencies were assisted during the 2016 Search for Shelter Design Charrette. Click the links below to view the design vision boards for each agency:

Alliance Housing Inc.
ASANDC (Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation)
Catholic Charities
City of Princeton Economic Development Authority
Corcoran Neighborhood Organization
Mora HRA
TC Habitat for Humanity
White Earth Enterprises, LLC

2015 Search for Shelter Design Charrette

Eight Minnesota nonprofit agencies were assisted during the 2015 Search for Shelter Design Charrette. Click the links below to view the design vision boards for each agency:

Aeon
Alafia Place
Alliance_Housing, Inc.
Anna Marie’s Alliance
Avenues for Homeless Youth
Rebuilding TC
The Salvation Army
Womens’ Advocates