2020 Call for Entries

Through a partnership between AIA Minnesota and the Star Tribune, each year twelve architect-design residential projects are selected from among a competitive pool of submissions to be the subject of a monthly feature article in the Star Tribune’s Homes & Gardens section reaching more than 550,000 readers. The 2020 program begins in June and ends in May 2021. The articles appear in the Star Tribune’s print and digital publications.

The objectives of the program are to educate the public about the value of architect-led residential design; to showcase a range of project types, styles, and budgets; and to support Minnesota’s vibrant residential architecture community through increased exposure to a public audience.

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Entry Fee

$120 per project. Payment by credit card can be made during the electronic submission process.


To be eligible for submission, a project must be:

  • Designed by a current AIA Minnesota member who is a registered architect, or by a team of professionals where the lead designer is an AIA Minnesota registered architect;
  • A single-family, new construction project OR a radical transformation of an existing single-family home in Minnesota or western Wisconsin. The transformation must include significant change to the existing dwelling as well as new construction;
  • completed on or after January 1, 2015;
  • Not previously featured in the Star Tribune. Entry may be a previous winner of a RAVE, BLEND, or AIA Honor Award and may have previously been published in other publications or magazines;
  • To ensure the highest editorial quality, the Star Tribune writer must be able to speak with, quote and name the homeowner(s) within the article. It is the Star Tribune’s editorial policy to identify all quoted sources using first and last names.

UPDATED Submission Deadline

Submit all required materials and information and pay the entry fee using AIA Minnesota’s online awards platform by the entry deadline of April 8, 2020 at 5:00 CT.

Selection of Projects

The review and selection process will be monitored by an AIA Minnesota staff member and will be blind with regard to the number of projects that are selected from any one firm. Each member of the panel will have equal weight in the selection process. Project authorship will remain concealed throughout the deliberations of the selection panel.

Selection Criteria

The Home of the Month program is not an awards program, but rather seeks to showcase a broad range of residential project styles, types and budgets. The elements of the submission should convey a compelling story and illustrate the architectural innovation, response to the program, and distinguishing features of the project. Avoid lengthy descriptions of features described via graphic images.

Specific Submission Requirements

NOTE: a project board is no longer a submission requirement.

All entry materials should be submitted electronically using AIA Minnesota’s online awards platform. The following items are required as part of the complete submission:

  • Entrant details: lead architect and project team member names, firm information
  • Project details: project type, size, location, completion date
  • Project description of 750 words or less
  • Signed consent from the homeowners giving approval to submit the project for consideration
  • Project images: each entry must include at least 3 interior photo images, 1 exterior photo image (for new build projects), floor plans and site plan, with the total number of images and plans submitted not to exceed 10.

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Canceled for 2020: Home of the Month Event on April 28

Due to the recommendations of the CDC regarding preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, AIA Minnesota will not host a public event in 2020. However, a digital Look Book featuring photos, descriptions and information for each submitted project will be distributed to past Home of the Month and Homes by Architects Tour attendees and will reside on AIA Minnesota’s website as a digital resource.

2019-2020 Home of the Month Projects

AIA Minnesota and the Star Tribune are pleased to announce the next twelve projects to be featured in the Star Tribune Sunday Homes section each month as part of the Home of the Month editorial series. The projects were selected by a panel of local architects and a representative from the Star Tribune from among a pool of 37 projects entered for consideration.

The selected projects are examples of the highest-quality architect led designs from across the region and showcase a range of project sizes, scopes, budgets, and environments.

  1. Coastal Modern, Swan Architecture
  2. Cottagewood Beach House, Peterssen/Keller Architecture
  3. Wee-Ely, SALA Architects
  4. Farmhouse Reborn, Rehkamp Larson Architects
  5. Huntington Residence, Peterssen/Keller Architecture
  6. Mendota Modern, Rehkamp Larson Architects
  7. Sanctuary In and Of the Woods, Charles R. Stinson Architects & Modern Oasis
  8. Side Street Suite: Xtra Small, Christopher Strom Architects
  9. Snø Skur, Kell.Architect(s)
  10. Suburban Serenity, Albertsson Hansen Architecture
  11. Tonka Bay Net Zero Infill, SALA Architects
  12. Urban Fit, Rehkamp Larson Architects