Residential Architecture Committee

  • 2013 Home of the Month Event
  • Everyday Solutions
  • Homes by Architects Tour

This group of architects meets to discuss issues and challenges specific to residential firms. They are focused on creating more relevant continuing education program offerings and marketing and public awareness opportunities for residential architects. The committee also plans awards and feature programs throughout the year with Midwest Homes and the Star Tribune and highlights residential work through the annual fall Homes by Architects Tour.

If you are new to the committee and would like to learn more, see our Overview Letter.

Chair: Tim Fuller, AIA

AIA Staff Liaison: Angie McKinley

Meeting Date: We generally meet every other month on the first Tuesday of the month at noon at the AIA Minnesota office. There are some exceptions.

Home of the Month
RIGHT AT HOME: 2014 Home of the Month Event
Thursday, April 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
International Market Square Suite 185

Join us as we announce the twelve selected residential projects to be featured this year in the Star Tribune Sunday Homes section once a month. A panel of residential architects will speak of their unique design approaches and answer questions from the audience. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Click here to upload the Event Registration Form to RSVP and email the form to Angie at or FAX to 612-338-7981

2014 Homes By Architects Tour
The 7th annual Homes by Architects Tour will be on September 20 & 21. Click here to download the 2014 Submission Form. Submission deadline is Friday, March 14.
Visit to view photos of the 23 beautifully designed homes. Follow us on Facebook (HBA Tour), Twitter (@aiamn) and Pinterest ( Know of a business who is interested in being a tour sponsor? It's a great opportunity to gain exposure with the public (more than 10,000 visitors in 2013)! Contact Angie McKinley or Homes by Architects Tour committee chair Ashley Mitlyng to learn more. For more information, contact Angie McKinley

Everyday Solutions (StarTribune)
Everyday Solutions is a new StarTribune feature article showcasing projects by AIA Minnesota member architects.

The article will showcase smaller-scale projects that solve a homeowner’s everyday design challenge or problem. Projects
should offer a clever solution, while also enhancing the beauty/utility of the home.
Click on the links following for examples of published projects:
Example 1
Example 2
Example 3

Questions? Contact Angie McKinley

Click here to download more information and submission guidelines.

Midwest Home's "Guide to Good Design"Midwest Home magazine

The "Guide To Good Design" is a Midwest Home magazine series designed to introduce readers to a few of Minnesota's great professional shelter organizations. AIA Minnesota residential architect members are showcased in the June/July issue, where Residential Committee written content appears alongside images of residential projects. Check out the digital version of Guide to Good Design at

2013-2014 Home Selections:
Project name, Firm, Project Team Members
1. Aerie, SALA Architects; David Wagner O’Brien, AIA, Sara Whicher, Assoc. AIA, Chris
Meyer, AIA, Sara Maas
2. Urban Family Oasis, Charles R. Stinson Architecture & Design; Charles R. Stinson,
AIA, Larry Glenn, AIA, Chuck Thiss, Douglas Fletcher
3. Modern Mediterranean, TEA2 Architects; Dan Nepp, AIA, Chris Strom, AIA
4. Tyrol Hills Modern, Peterssen Keller Architecture; Lars Peterssen, AIA, Gabriel Keller,
Assoc. AIA, Kristine Anderson, Assoc. AIA, Andrew Edwins, Assoc. AIA
5. Abear And Etzell Residence Remodel, Alchemy Architects; Geoffrey Warner, AIA
6. Edge House, SALA Architects; David O’Brien Wagner, AIA, Chris Meyer, AIA
7. Kellogg, John Dwyer Architect; John Dwyer, AIA, project initiated at Shelter
Architecture; Jackie Millea, Assoc. AIA, Tom Westbrook, Audra Emerson
8. Deephaven House, ALTUS Architecture & Design; Tim Alt, AIA, Chad Healy, Assoc.
AIA, Roger Cummelin
9. Knollhaugen, Kell Architects; Meghan Kell Cornell, AIA, Eric Ludwig
10. Whispering Way, John Dwyer Architect; John Dwyer, AIA
11. Slow Cooker, SALA Architects; David O’Brien Wagner, AIA, Chris Meyer, AIA
12. Summit Hill Renovation, Rehkamp Larson Architects, Inc.; Mark Larson, AIA,
Amanda Kay
13. Kleinman-Santosa Residence, Close Associates Inc.; Gar Hargens, AIA, Laurie

Click here to download the 2013 Press Release.

Questions? Contact Angie McKinley

Awards Programs
Emerging Talent Award & Architect of Distinction

AIA Minnesota Architect of Distinction and Emerging Talent Award Recipients will be honored at Midwest Home Reception
Tuesday, April 29 at 5:30 pm
Admit One Home Cinema, 7513 Washington Avenue South,
Edina 55439
AIA Minnesota 2014 Architect of Distinction, Katherine Hillbrand, AIA, and Emerging Talent of the Year Award recipient, Chris Strom, AIA, will both be recognized for their achievements at a reception for AIA Minnesota members prior to the Midwest Home issue launch celebration at 6:00 p.m. Hillbrand and Strom are both featured in the April/May Midwest Home issue. RSVP by Thursday, April 24 to

Each year AIA Minnesota, in partnership with Midwest Home magazine, honors two AIA Minnesota residential architects who have demonstrated excellence in design:

Architect of Distinction is open to all current AIA Minnesota members who have been registered architects for a minimum of fifteen years (as of January 1, 2014).

The Emerging Talent of the Year Awar
d is open to all members who have been registered architects for ten or fewer years (as of January 1, 2014).

Each award recipient will be profiled within an article published in the April/May 2014 issue of Midwest Home, and they will be recognized at a reception in Spring 2014. Submissions deadline was Wednesday, February 5. Click here to download the press release.

2014 Architect of Distinction – Katherine Hillbrand, AIA, SALA Architects, Inc.
Hillbrand, AIA, has been a principal at SALA Architects since 1995. She is known for design solutions that beautifully and sensitively incorporate natural surroundings and reveal the beauty of everyday building materials. Her designs reflect a philosophy of environmental stewardship and a respect for the way architecture shapes and influences the lives of her client.

2014 Emerging Talent of the Year Award – Chris Strom, AIA, TEA2 Architects, Inc.
Strom is an architect and Senior Project Manager with TEA2 Architects, Inc. He graduated with a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of California-Berkley and taught briefly before joining a practice in Minneapolis. Strom’s residential designs reflect a sensitivity to the needs and wants of his clients and have received RAVE (Residential Architects Vision and Excellence) awards and have been featured as AIA Minnesota/Star Tribune “Home of the Month” homes.

To read the past Architect of Distinction and Emerging Talent of the Year Award Midwest Home articles, click on the following links:
2011 Article
2012 Article
2013 Article

2013 Recipients: Rosemary A. McMonigal, AIA, McMonigal Architects
LLC., Architect of Distinction, and Benjamin E. Awes, AIA, City Desk Studio, Inc., Emerging Talent of the Year.

2012 Recipients: Sarah Nettleton, AIA, of Sarah Nettleton Architects, Architect of Distinction, and Bryan Anderson, AIA, of SALA Architects.

2011 Recipients: Julie Snow, FAIA, Julie Snow Architects, Inc., Architect of Distinction, and Meghan Kell Cornell, AIA, Kell Architects, Emerging Talent.

RAVE Awards
AIA Minnesota RAVE Awards (Residential Architects Vision and Excellence) for 2012 were featured in Mpls.St.Paul's summer Home issue (a quarterly publication)

See the 2012 Results. Visit the RAVE micro-site.

Watch for more information about the 2013 RAVE Awards.

The Line Media (
New publication opportunity: The Line Seeks Innovative, Green Projects

The Line, a weekly online publication that "tells the story of the new economy in the Twin Cities—a narrative of creative people and businesses, new development, cool places to live, and the best places to work and play" (, is running a regular feature on architect-designed homes and non-residential buildings.

For residential projects, the publication is especially interested in green homes, modern design, house as brand, live-work spaces, sustainable remodels, urban infill homes and sensitivity to context (urban and environmental). Apartments, condos, new houses, remodeled homes and other residences that fulfill any of the above criteria are welcome.

Non-residential projects that generate or reflect community, support or demonstrate entrepreneurial endeavors, utilize or model sustainable strategies, and/or feature innovative design thinking are also welcome. See a previous article. To have your project considered, please send a brief project synopsis and three images (jpegs) to Camille LeFevre.

METRO magazine
In March of 2011, METRO magazine launched their shelter magazine insert, which runs six times a year and feature D.I.Y. tips, call-outs of must-have home products and profiles of the area’s most architecturally relevant abodes. The magazine’s decidedly urban focus will be bolstered by analysis and writing from some of the Twin Cities’ top architects, builders and interior designers. The editors are always looking for stories. Submit projects and story ideas to Drew Wood and Chris Clayton.

Awards Credit

AIA Minnesota and ASID collaborated to ensure our awards entry process more accurately recognizes the contribution of project partners, aids jurors in reviewing, assists editors and writers of articles covering residential awards and projects. Our goal in this effort is to help the public better understand the interactive roles of architects, interior designers, builders and all related professionals in the process of creating projects.

Awards Crediting Memo (PDF)
AIA Minnesota General Awards Credit Form

Committee Structure
Steering and Subcommittees

The Steering Committee oversees the direction of all of the activities within the subcommittee groups. They play an advisory role and step in to help subcommittees when important or immediate action needs to be taken. They are responsible for managing the Residential Architects expenses as they relate to awards programs, advertising, marketing and other expenses; and guiding new members and overseeing communications within the group and approving shared opinions/commentary to outside groups.

It is structured so that the chairs of the subcommittees are all on the steering committee to make informed decisions on behalf of all committee members.

Awards Archives:
Architect of Distinction & Emerging Talent Awards with Midwest Home & Garden.
Previous Award Recipients

Home of the Month with the StarTribune: previous Award Recipients
HOTM 2011 Selections for May 2011 to April 2012
HOTM 2010 Selections for May 2010 to April 2011
HOTM 2009 Selections for May 2009 to April 2010
HOTM 2008 Selections for May 2008 to April 2009

RAVE Awards with Mpls.St.Paul Magazine: previous Award Recipients
2008 RAVE Awards
2009 RAVE Awards
2010 RAVE Awards
2011 RAVE Awards Also see: Mpls.St.Paul micro-site