Minnesota Design Team (MDT)

  • Randall, MN May-June, 2012
  • Cold Spring, MN
  • 17 volunteers for Frazee Visit: (front, from left): FHS grad Keith Kinnen, Jeb Hagen, Ari Anderson, Christina Wagner, Deborah McLaren, Erik Baxstrom, Scott Holmgren, (back row) co-team leader Andrew Mack, Kersten Elverum, Tom Ososki, co-team leader John Barbour, Anthony Wocken, Anna Morrison, Kayla Rossiter, Clarrisa /Hadler, Thomas Olson and Nathan Hall.

Make a difference in rural Minnesota communities by volunteering your time and expertise.
MDT is an AIA Minnesota committee that has been around since 1983. Its multi-disciplinary teams have worked with more than 100 rural communities assisting them to improve their built environments. Continuing Education Units are available for team visits. Another option? The Steering Committee, the governing body of the MDT, meets every fourth Wednesday at AIA Minnesota.
Join us each month if you are seeking good fellowship, fun, and an opportunity to do something that makes a difference
. For more information, visit http://minnesotadesignteam.org/

Chair: Co-Chair: Melissa Ekman, AIA, and Samantha Crosby

AIA Staff Liaison: Mary Larkin

Meeting Date: Second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m., AIA Minnesota Board Room, 275 Market St, Ste. 54, Minneapolis


Appleton, Minnesota MDT Visit April 3-6, 2014
MDT is seeking volunteer architects, landscape architects, planners, economists, and visionaries for the Appleton, MN Visit. Located 150 miles west of the Twin Cities, Appleton is a town of 1,400 souls with limited economic opportunities. It will be a real test for MDT to create a “Community Vision,” which town leaders say they lack. Join fellow MDT members for an opportunity to be challenged, to make a real different, and to have some fun! For more information or to volunteer, contact Tom Ososki at nelsonososki@yahoo.co.uk

Minnesota Design Team Annual Retreat


MDT 2014 Annual Retreat
In spite of heavy snow, MDT members enjoyed a great Annual Retreat on Saturday, January 18. Attendees learned from local landscape architects who presented case studies of designed spaces and discuss how they can contribute to the livability and a person’s perspective of a community. Click on the following links to download their PDF presentations:
Professor Patrick Nunnally (University of Minnesota) Sense of Where You Are
Margorie Pitz (Martin & Pitz, Assoc. Inc.) Community Wellbeing
Joni Giese (SRF Consulting Group) Double Functions of Green Design
Emily Northey, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota Main Street Four-Point Approach
John Barbour, AIA, Shelter Architecture, Drawing Session

Past MDT Visits:
Frazee - September 12-15, 2013
Zumbro Falls & Hammond - April 24-28, 2013
Lake Park - October 4 to 6, 2012
Bemidji - September 13 - 15, 2012
Randall - May 31-June 2, 2012
Howard Lake – October 27-30, 2011
Wadena, MN - October 2010
Stewartville, MN - October 7-9, 2010
Crosby & the Cuyuna Lakes, MN April, 2010
Pine City, MN September, 2009
La Crescent, MN - September 11-14, 2008
Gaylord, MN - September 4-6, 2008
Rushford, MN - April, 2008
Le Roy, MN – April 10-12, 2008
Staples, MN – April 3-5, 2008
Maple Plain Visit – October 26-29, 2007
Palmer Township – September 21-23, 2007
Houston, MN – April 20-22, 2006
Redwood Falls, MN – April 6-9, 2006