- October 2012 HAC members
- 2012 Search for Shelter Charrette
- 2012 Search for Shelter Charrette
The Housing Advocacy Committee (HAC) seeks to positively influence affordable housing and homeless issues. We focus on how Architects and other designers might be key players in helping address these important social issues.
As a HAC member, you may assist in planning our annual events, including our annual Design Charrette, that benefit local housing agencies.
We are always looking for passionate volunteers to join the committee, if interested please contact Mary Larkin.
AIA Staff Liaison: Mary Larkin
Meeting Date: Summer break for June & July - then back to the regular schedule of the first Tuesday of the month at noon in the AIA Minnesota office.
2013 Search for Shelter
Friday, February 8 to Sunday, February 10, 2013 University of Minnesota Minneapolis Campus
The Search for Shelter Design Charrette celebrated its 27th year helping local and regional affordable housing organizations envision beautiful, innovative design solutions to projects that previously existed only in written form. This program has allowed organizations to have a powerful visual tool to present to key players in order to get the project up and running, such as the community and funders.
Watch for the 2014 Charrette dates. We will need projects from organizations such as yours. Past projects have included a redesigned building entry, a new lobby, and revitalization ideas for empty lots. The resulting designs have enhanced the already amazing work local organizations are doing in the housing industry.
Sample applications - for 2014 affordable housing organizations looking to submit a project application:
Click here for the 2013 online application -
Click here to download the 2013 application letter & form to submit via email, mail, or fax.
Questions? Contact Mary Larkin.
Do Learning Events
Hawthorne Community Build Day
Committee members enjoyed volunteering on Saturday, May 11 to help the Hawthorne Neighborhood Council, Urban Homeworks, University of Minnesota's College of Design, Accenture, HandOn Twin Cities, and many members of the community, to build and develop designs for the Kwanzaa Community garden and storage/work shed at 21st Avenue and Dupont Street.
Higher Ground Tour
Two AIA Minnesota committees - the Housing Advocacy Committee and the Committee on Design - were instrumental in working the McKnight Foundation to create the annual AIA Minnesota/McKnight Foundation Affordable Housing Design Award. Cermak Rhoades Architects, representing the Higher Ground – Homeless Shelter & Permanent Housing Project, located at 165 Glenwood Avenue N. in Minneapolis, was selected as the 2012 AIA Minnesota/McKnight Foundation Affordable Housing Design Award Recipient. The Higher Ground affordable housing project was selected from 20 award submissions made by 13 Minnesota architectural firms. Click here for more information on the award.
Project for Pride in Living
On April 21, Housing Advocacy Committee members volunteered to help at Project Pride for Living's (PPL) Selbystone/Delancy Apartments. These apartments combine supportive housing with affordable family housing in three adjacent buildings. The three buildings were recently rehabbed, and they wished to keep them looking great! There are 37 affordable apartments in all and they focused on landscaping and exterior projects at these buildings. Well done HAC members!
2013 Search for Shelter Charrette
The 2013 Search for Shelter Design Charrette in February was a weekend for design professionals and students to create real solutions to address the issues of affordable housing and homelessness with local nonprofit organizations. The design charrette, held at the University of Minnesota, began Friday evening where teams were assigned and projects introduced. Saturday was focused on creating design solutions. Sunday morning the designs were completed and shared with clients (nonprofit organizations) and fellow volunteers at a closing presentation.
2013 Project Boards
To be added soon!
2012 Search for Shelter Charrette Project Boards
Team 1 - Asian Medis Access
Team 2 - Greater Frogtown CDC
Team 3 - Homeward Bound
Team 4A - Project for Pride in Living Eco Village
Team 4B - Project for Pride
Team 5 - Urban Ventures
Team 6 - Women Venture
Team 7 - YWCA Saint Paul
Team 8 - Harrison Neighboring Association
2012 Project Submittal Form
2012 Project Submittal Form - PDF
2012 Participant Info - PDF
2012 Participant Registration
2012 Participant Registration - PDF
2011 Search for Shelter Charrette Project Boards
Salvation Army Harbor Light Center (PDF)
Selby Avenue Action Coalition (SAAC) (PDF)
SAAC (Project 2) (PDF)
Emma Norton Services (PDF)
Emma Norton Services (Project 2) (PDF)
Rebuilding Together Twin Cities (PDF)
Families Moving Forward (PDF)
Woodland Hills Church (PDF)
2010 Search for Shelter Charrette Project Boards
Aeon (PDF) (4MB, 3 pages)
People Serving People (PDF) (12MB, 6 pages)
Urban Homeworks (PDF) (12MB, 7 pages)
Alliance Housing, Inc. (18MB, 5 pages)
Sparc (4MB, 4 pages)
Previous Search for Shelter Charrettes
2010 Search for Shelter Charrette Press Release (PDF)
2009 Search for Shelter Press Release (PDF)
2008 Search for Shelter Press Release (PDF)
2007 Search for Shelter Information