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.
Questions regarding Search for Shelter? Contact AIA Minnesota.
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2018 Search for Shelter Design Charette
The 2018 Search for Shelter charette will take place February 16-18, 2018 at Rapson Hall on the University of Minnesota campus.
Agency applications are due Friday, January 19, 2018. Apply today!
Volunteers can also sign up for 2018 participation here.
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
2015 Search for Shelter Design CharretteEight 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:
2014 Search for Shelter Design CharretteNine Minnesota nonprofit agencies were assisted during the 2014 Search for Shelter Design Charrette. Click the links below to view each agency's design vision boards:
Project for Pride in Living
Model Cities Supportive Housing
City of Lakes — Glenwood Site
Catholic Charities Opportunity Center
ARMS Dorm Housing
Tubman Center West
Kingfield Neighborhood Association