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 2021 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

In 2021, competitors will submit digital entries only. Printed boards will not be required this year. The entire jury process will be virtual. Digital submissions requirements have been reviewed to accommodate a virtual jury process.

  • 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 like links to websites or videos 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 “2021 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship” on the first submission.
  • 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 Upload – Due March 9, 2021, 12:00 noon CST

  • Each digital submission must be 20”x 30” in dimension in a landscape orientation.
  • No more than two (2) boards may be submitted.
  • All submissions should be in high-resolution JPEG format.
  • Files are to be uploaded to AwardForce (AIA Minnesota’s award submission platform) NO LATER THAN 12:00 noon (CST) on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.  You are advised to create an account and complete the basic information in advance of Tuesday, March 9.  
  • File size must not exceed 10MB.
  • Late submissions will not be accepted.

Jury Information

Initial Jury: Friday, March 26, 2021 (date subject to change)

During the initial jury, all entries will be juried down to a limited number of finalists (likely 5 or less). Finalists will be notified immediately following the initial jury. All competitors will be emailed the names of the finalists after the initial jury. The jury will be determined by the Ralph Rapson committee.

Final Jury: Friday, April 9, 2021 (date subject to change)

All finalists are required to participate in the final jury. Finalists will participate in a full and open discussion (with the jury) of their design ideas and project concept. Additionally, they will be asked about their general travel-study plans and what they believe can be accomplished through this opportunity. Final travel-study plans and itineraries are not required at this time but a theme or intent is. The winner of the competition will be announced at a virtual gathering of all competitors following the final jury.


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

Best of luck!

Download the 2021 RRTSF Competition Brief (PDF)