Celebrating DISCOVERY and advancement of architectural education to graduates and practitioners through foreign/domestic travel-study

The Minnesota Architectural Foundation is delighted that you are competing in the 2020 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship Competition. Due to the short time frame for completing the competition, we will NOT be answering questions regarding the program. Please read the following requirements carefully. You must comply with all submission requirements or your submission will be disqualified. If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please contact Amber Allardyce, Hon. AIAMN.

Submission Requirements

Please note this is a two-part submission process that was introduced initially in 2019. In an effort to simplify the submission process, reduce the impact of technical difficulties, remove differences in printing time, and allow for maximum design time, the submissions formatted for one or two 20″ x 30″ board(s) will be uploaded as a single PDF due by March 17, 2020, 12:00 noon CST.  Printed board(s) of the PDF submission must be delivered to the AIA Minnesota office by 4:00 pm CST on March 24, 2020. Please read the details below carefully. 

  • A minimum of two perspectives is required as part of the presentation, including one overall project perspective. Other perspective sketches are at the option of the competitor.
  • No additional digital information, links to websites, etc. are allowed.
  • In the tradition of the Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship Competition, hand drawing is always encouraged, but is not mandatory.
  • All submissions must be clearly labeled as “2020 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship” on the front of each board.
  • You may work on this competition anywhere you like, but all of the work must be your own. This is not a team project.

Digital PDF – Due March 17, 2020, 12:00 noon CST

  • Each digital submission must be one PDF file formatted exactly as it will be printed on the boards (see printed board requirements below).
  • Files are to be uploaded to AwardForce (AIA Minnesota’s award submission platform) NO LATER THAN 12:00 noon (CST) on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  You are advised to create an account and complete the basic information in advance of Tuesday, March 17.  
  • PDF files must not exceed 10MB.
  • Late submissions will not be accepted.

Printed Board(s) – Not required for 2020*

*Update due to coronavirus: As a result of the shift in the jury process to be virtual, we are not requiring competitors to print boards this year.  

Jury Information

Initial Jury: Friday, April 17, 2020 (date subject to change)
Entries will be juried down to a limited number of finalists (likely 5 or less). Finalists will immediately be notified by phone the evening of the initial jury. All competitors will be sent the names of the finalists after the initial jury. The jury will be determined by the Ralph Rapson committee and could include architects, Foundation Board Members, College of Design faculty, and other associated design professionals.

Final Jury: To Be Announced

On behalf of the Minnesota Architectural Foundation we thank you for competing and displaying your interest both in the competition and in architecture.

Good Luck!

Download the 2020 RRTSF Competition Brief (PDF)

Additional Resources

Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan – pdf
Lake Calhoun/Bde-Maka-Ska-Harriet Master Plan: Chapter 8 Focus Area Recommendations excerpt – pdf
Lake Calhoun/Bde-Maka-Ska-Harriet Master Plan: Chapter 8 Focus Area Recommendations excerpt – link
KSTP article: Demolition of pavilion at Bde Maka Ska brings curtain down on building’s long history