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 non-profit 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.
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2020 Search for Shelter Design Charette
The 2020 Search for Shelter design charette will take place Friday, February 7 – Sunday, February 9, 2020, at Rapson Hall.
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2019 Search for Shelter Design Charette
Six Minnesota nonprofit agencies participated the 2019 Search for Shelter charrette inFebruary. Click the links below to view the design vision boards for each agency:
Citizens for Backus
Kanabec County Economic Development Authority
Minnesota Design Center/Settled.
2018 Search for Shelter Design Charette
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.
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)
City of Princeton Economic Development Authority
Corcoran Neighborhood Organization
TC Habitat for Humanity
White Earth Enterprises, LLC