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Architects in Community
Every day our members find ways to reach beyond their architectural practices to engage with their communities. Here are just a few examples:

Affordable Housing Design Award
Through this award, we aim to: 1) Improve the visibility and stature of affordable housing design to increase public support of affordable housing; 2) Recognize design and development teams and affordable housing organizations that have designed excellent, affordable housing projects; and 3) Encourage a broad understanding of how financing mechanisms, cost, diverse client populations, and community-based design processes contribute to a completed work of architecture.


Architecture in the Schools
This AIA Minnesota committee works with teachers and students to bring architectural ideas and concepts to schools as a committee member and/or speaker. As a committee member, get involved in developing a classroom presentation kit, the DoodleOpolis curriculum, and responding to requests from schools and organizations including matching up speakers to fill specific needs. Speakers enjoy the rewarding experience of sharing architectural concepts and ideas with teachers and students. The Architecture in the Schools Committee fits into AIA Minnesota's strategic goals of Information and Knowledge Delivery, External Dialogue (with the public), Advocacy and Value. Our mission statement sums up the activities of the Architecture in the Schools committee: "To equip architects and educators with the tools needed to introduce the concepts of architecture to students of all ages."

Housing Advocacy Committee
The Housing Advocacy Committee (HAC) addresses affordable housing and homelessness issues. Architects and other designers can be key players in this social problem and by joining this committee, you can help improve housing conditions in Minnesota. There are several meaningful projects accomplished each year including our annual Search for Shelter Charrette. This weekend-long charrette benefits local housing agencies.


Minnesota Architectural Foundation
The Minnesota Architectural Foundation, created in 1970, exists for charitable, scientific & educational purposes relating to the encouragement & improvement of the architectural environment. The foundation provides advocacy and capital for the advancement of architecture in Minnesota through the activities of its General Fund and four goal-specific funds. 

Minnesota Design Team (MDT)

A volunteer group of architets, landscape architects, unban designers, planners and other experts in design and community development that has been helping communities around Minnesota to develop shared visions for improving their physical and environmental designs since 1983.

Architecture MN Magazine

Architecture Minnesota, published by AIA Minnesota, is designed to inform and communicate the spirit and value of quality architecture to both the public in general and to its membership.