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, volunteer architects, landscape architects, interior designers, and students create pro bono solutions for 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.

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2023 Search for Shelter Design Charrette

The 2023 Search for Shelter Design Charrette will be a hybrid event, with in-person opening and closing events and teams setting in-person or virtual work schedules during the week. 

The opening event will be Friday, February 10 at Rapson Hall at the University of Minnesota.
The closing event will be Saturday, February 18 at Dunwoody College. 

Does your affordable housing nonprofit need free design help? Apply today to participate in Search for Shelter 2023. Deadline to apply is Friday, January 13, 2023.

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2022 Search for Shelter Design Charrette

Five Minnesota nonprofit agencies participated in the 2022 Search for Shelter virtual charrette in February. Click the links below to view the design boards for each agency:

Northcountry Cooperative Foundation
PRG, Inc.
Riverton Community Housing
Smart North
St Paul Public Housing Authority

2021 Search for Shelter Design Charrette

Ten Minnesota nonprofit agencies participated in the 2021 Search for Shelter virtual charrette in February. Click the links below to view the design vision boards for each agency:

Alliance Housing
Eagle Bend Economic Development Corporation
Haven Housing
Metta Meditation Center
NRRC
People Incorporated
Servants of Shelter of Koochiching County
St. Paul Public Housing Authority
Two Harbors HRA
Womens Advocates

2020 Search for Shelter Design Charrette

Six Minnesota nonprofit agencies participated in 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